2019 NCAA DI Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – The end of the season means ramped up competition.
Ramped up competition brings changes to the National Rating Index.
That was the case on Monday when the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the newest NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index following a major weekend of collegiate track & field action.
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The biggest move in the top-5 belong to BYU, which soared three spots from No. 6 to a program-record No. 3 The Cougars now take up residence behind No. 1 Texas Tech and No. 2 LSU, who remained idle in their respective spots from Week 5 in advance of their respective conference championship meets this weekend.
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BYU was on a mission at the Payton Jordan Invitational to collect as many top-5 marks as possible in the TFRI Individual Rankings. It’s safe to say, “Mission Accomplished.”
The Cougars saw Connor McMillan and Matt Owens each move up to No. 3 in the 10,000 and steeplechase, respectively, while Conner Mantz and Rory Linkletter are each fourth in the 5000 and 10,000, respectively. (Remember: The TFRI Individual Rankings don’t reset in the distance events or multis after previous season marks are discarded. This is due to the lack of quantifiable quality marks compared to other events)
No team jumped more spots in the top-25 than North Carolina A&T after its virtuoso performance at the MEAC Championships this past weekend. The Aggies vaulted over 13 teams on their way to the No. 6 spot, their highest ranking in program history. It is also the first time that North Carolina A&T has been ranked in the top-10 of the TFRI indoors or outdoors.
Trevor Stewart and Rodney Rowe were the stars of the meet for the Aggies. Stewart took over the national lead in the 400 with his time of 44.38 and became the 14th best performer in collegiate history in the process (He is also ranked seventh nationally in the 200). Rowe notched national top-5 marks in both the 200 (20.12) and the 100 (10.05) to bolster A&T’s depth in the sprints. Akeem Sirleaf improved his national standing to sixth in the 400 and ninth in the 200.
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Oregon continued its rise through the National Rating Index. The Ducks, who are now ranked seventh, climbed nine spots between Week 4 and Week 5 and now two more spots between Week 5 and Week 6. Max Vollmer propelled Oregon this time as the freshman captured the decathlon title at the Pac-12 Championships with 7964 points and is now ranked fourth in the TFRI Individual Rankings.
Northern Arizona comes in at No. 12, which is its best ranking in program history. The Lumberjacks saw Tyler Day add another top mark to the National Rating Index this past weekend when he went 13:25.06 at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Day was already ranked No. 1 in the TFRI Individual Rankings in the 10,000 from his 28:04.44 at the Payton Jordan Invitational last year.
Here are the teams that jumped the most spots outside of the top-25: No. 99 Jackson State (up 83), No. 100 Buffalo (up 77), No. 63 Norfolk State (up 63), No. 42 Coppin State (up 42) and No. 129 Savannah State (up 41 spots). Coppin State, Norfolk State and Savannah State all competed at the MEAC Championships.
We’ll see many of these athletes and teams at the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.