2020 NCAA DIII Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – The top-2 teams might have remained the same in the most recent NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index that was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, but everything changed behind them after a few weeks of competition.
When we say everything, we mean everything.
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Top-ranked Williams and No. 2 Washington (Mo.) continue to pace the nation, as they did for most of the season last year. The Ephs and the Bears are expected to duke it out for the top spot all year before they head to the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 13-14 in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Johns Hopkins jumped two spots to a program-record No. 3 after stringing together a few strong weeks. The most notable performance by the Blue Jays was the nation-leading time of 12:08.32 turned in by their distance medley relay two weeks ago.
Ithaca received a two spot bump from No. 6 to No. 4 following a few notable performances by Parley Hannan, the individual champion during cross country. Hannan, who currently leads the nation in three events (mile-3000-5000), sits second in two of those in the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings (mile-3000), which includes previous season marks until enough data is collected from the current season.
Loras climbed two spots since the preseason from No. 9 to No. 7 to continue a 10-week streak of top-10 appearances. The Duhawks were buoyed by National Athlete of the Week Terrianna Black, who took over the national lead in the 60 with her time of 7.61 but sits second the aforementioned USTFCCCA Individual Rankings.
The biggest mover in the top-10 this week was SUNY Geneseo as the squad soared 11 spots from No. 21 to No. 10 and resides among the best in the nation for the ninth time in the past two years. If you’re looking for a reason that happened, look no further than the fact that the Knights have the nation’s second-ranked 4×400 relay at 3:57.66.
There were two new additions to the top-25 in Week 1: No. 14 Wartburg and No. 23 Eastern (Pa.). This is the best ranking for the Knights since the 2018 season, while the Eagles hold down their best ranking in program thanks to Nicole Weenink‘s historically strong showing in the horizontal jumps (Weenink is billed third in both the long jump and triple jump in the USTFCCCA Individual Rankings).
You don’t have to wait as long for the next edition of the NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index as it will drop next Tuesday, February 4.