2020 NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – The top-2 teams in NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index might have remained the same, but everything else changed in the top-10 behind those two powerhouse programs.
If you can believe it, we’re just three weeks away from the 2020 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships, set for March 13-14 in Brookings, South Dakota.
NAIA — Men's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
William Carey (Miss.)
Wayland Baptist (Texas)
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Indiana Tech is No. 1 for the fifth consecutive week, a place they know quite well. As of this writing, the Warriors have notched 28 automatic qualifying marks. That includes four different men who qualified in both the 60 and the 200. Just this past weekend, Indiana Tech added the nation’s top mark in the 4×400 relay at the GVSU Big Meet Invitational.
William Carey (Miss.) held steady at No. 2. The Crusaders tallied 16 automatic qualifying marks this season, including the top-2 athletes in the 200 (Dimantae Griffin and Dante Brown) and the top athlete in the triple jump (Malik Crandle). Griffin and Brown impressed this past weekend at the Indoor Gorilla Classic where they won their heats in 21.46 and 21.51, respectively.
Wayland Baptist (Texas) jumped four spots from No. 8 to No. 4, which puts it right behind Doane (Neb.). The Pioneers hold down 11 automatic qualifying marks with athletes second-ranked in the 400 (Demetrius Turner), 600 (Reggie Mouton), the 4×400 Relay and the Distance Medley Relay.
Four teams dropped one spot to correspond with WBU’s move: No. 5 Concordia (Neb.), No. 6 Olivet Nazarene, No. 7 St. Francis (Ill.) and No. 8 Aquinas (Mich.).
The rest of the top-10 is filled out by No. 9 Dordt (Iowa) and No. 10 Saint Mary (Kan.). The Defenders climbed two spots since Week 3, while the Spires improved their billing five spots.