2020 NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – There were some notable changes to the top-5 of the most recent NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index that was released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
If you extend it to the top-10, only three teams remained in place from the previous week: No. 1 Indiana Tech, No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 7 St. Francis (Ill.).
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The Warriors added to their already impressive lead this past weekend thanks to four new automatic qualifying marks. Gairy Springer added another national leader to his haul in the 600 when he went 1:18.47 (converted to 1:19.67 for track size) at the Penn State National Open. Jordan Highsmith is now ranked second nationally in the 400 with his time of 47.84 (converted to 48.61 for track size) at the GVSU Mike Lints Alumni Open.
William Carey jumped three spots from No. 5 to No. 2 and has 11 automatic qualifying marks at this juncture of the season. The Crusaders added to their previous haul when Kaleb Clark soared 7.38m (24-2½) this past weekend at the Carolina Challenge and into the national lead, while Malik Crandle went 15.98m (52-2½) at the same meet to improve his billing. Dante Brown and Diamantae Griffin also sit in the top-5 nationally in the 60.
Doane (Neb.) climbed one spot from No. 4 to No. 3 between Week 1 and Week 2. The Tigers are field-heavy with three automatic qualifying marks in the high jump, another two in the pole vault and triple jump, as well as one each in the long jump and weight throw. Let us not gloss over the fact that Tryce Hruza improved his national lead in the pole vault to 5.40m (17-8½) this past weekend.
Concordia (Neb.) and Olivet Nazarene both dropped two spots. The Bulldogs now sit No. 4, while the Tigers round out the top-5 at No. 5.
Here are the remaining teams in the top-10: No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 7 St. Francis (Ill.), No. 8 Wayland Baptist (Texas) (up five spots from Week 1), No. 9 Taylor (Ind.) and No. 10 Grand View (Iowa).
Be sure to check back throughout the season as the National Rating Index will shift ahead of the 2020 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which are set to take place March 5-7 in Brookings, South Dakota.