2020 NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – The winds of change swept through the top-10 of the most recent NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index that was released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
While the top-3 teams remained the same from the previous week, everything else changed as two new teams joined the top-5 in addition to two new faces in the top-10.
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Wayland Baptist (Texas)
William Carey (Miss.)
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Don’t think Indiana Tech budged from the top spot as that’s not the case. The Warriors have been strong so far this season, notching 18 automatic qualifying marks. Indiana Tech is loaded across the board in the sprints and jumps with eight autos in the former and seven in the latter.
Concordia (Neb.) is trying to keep pace as it sits No. 2 once again. The Bulldogs were bolstered this past weekend by Allison Brooks in the pole vault, as she took over the national lead with a clearance of 3.97m (13-0¼). CU athletes also added the third-ranked Distance Medley Relay to the program’s tally with a time of 12:26.04 at the Concordia Classic.
Huntington (Ind.) will go as far as its mid-distance and distance athletes take it. The Foresters have posted 14 automatic qualifying marks this season so far with 13 of them coming between the 600 and 5000 and the other finding its way home in the 4×800 relay.
Defending national champion Wayland Baptist (Texas) jumped four spots between Week 1 and Week 2. The Pioneers sit No. 4 with eight automatic qualifying marks to its credit, including the top-3 marks in both the 60 and 200 from Cheyenne Hill-Johnson (No. 2 in the 60, No. 3 in the 200) and Raheema Westfall (No. 2 in the 200, No. 3 in the 60).
William Carey (Miss.) soared 10 spots since Week 1 and comes in at No. 5 in Week 2. The Crusaders own nine automatic qualifying marks with Aniekeme Etim leading the way with top billing in the 60 (7.37) and the 200 (24.32). Brittany Jones is also atop the national leaderboard with her mark of 6.08m (19-11½) in the long jump and a third-ranked showing of 12.17m (39-11¼) in the triple jump.
Here are the rest of the teams in the top-10: No. 6 Cornerstone (Mich.), No. 7 Friends (Kan.), No. 8 St. Francis (Ill.), No. 9 Doane (Neb.), No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan.
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.