2020 NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – Business is definitely picking up in NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field as the postseason rapidly approaches.
The most recent National Rating Index, released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) saw numerous changes dot the top-10 as teams begin to jockey for position in the final few weeks of the season.
NAIA — Women's Indoor Track & Field
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Wayland Baptist (Texas)
William Carey (Miss.)
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Indiana Tech continues to hold down the No. 1 spot for the fourth consecutive week. The Warriors are proud owners of 21 automatic qualifying marks, including five in the 200 alone and three each in the long jump and triple jump. Just this past weekend, Indiana Tech added the nation’s top mark in the 4×400 Relay of 3:53.99 at the GVSU Big Meet Invitational.
Concordia (Neb.) comes in at No. 2 once again and has 13 automatic qualifying marks to its credit this season. The Bulldogs have the nation’s top-ranked athlete in the 400 (Rachel Battershell) and the pole vault (Allison Brooks), not to mention the second-ranked athlete in both the shot put and weight throw (Adrianna Shaw) as well as the pole vault (Jozie Puelz).
Wayland Baptist (Texas) jumped two spots from No. 6 to No. 4, which puts it right behind No. 3 Huntington (Ind.), based on efforts this past weekend at the Texas Tech Shootout and the Indoor Gorilla Classic. The best marks of the weekend came from the Pioneers’ relay teams as they are now ranked second nationally in both the 4×800 (9:21.64) and the DMR (12:05.25).
William Carey (Miss.) held steady at No. 5 for yet another week. Just this past weekend at the Indoor Gorilla Classic, Aniekeme Etim improved her national lead in the 60 to 7.34, while Joy Abu and Nevagant Jones added national top-5 marks in the 400 and triple jump, respectively. Brittany Jones continues to lead the nation in the long jump since Dec. 14.
Cornerstone (Mich.) dropped two spots to No. 6, respectively, coinciding with the rise of Wayland Baptist.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 4: No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 8 Doane (Neb.), No. 9 Friends (Kan.) and No. 10 St. Francis (Ill.).