2020 NCAA DI Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – The first major weekend of the collegiate indoor track & field season brought some notable changes to the newest NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index, which was released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Florida State still sits No. 1 in the nation for the third week in a row, and LSU remains No. 2. Texas jumped a spot from No. 4 to No. 3 while Southern California shuffled down one spot, and Texas A&M held steady at No. 5 for the second week in a row.
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If you need to know why the Seminoles remain on top of the National Rating Index, look no further than what they did this past weekend at the Texas Tech Invitational. It was in Lubbock, Texas, where Florida State turned in huge marks led by The Bowerman Watch List member Trey Cunningham. The junior hurdler matched the eighth best performance in collegiate history when he won the final of the 60 Meter Hurdles in 7.52. Not only that, but junior jumper Isaac Grimes soared 8.00m (26-3) twice in the long jump to hold down the No. 2 spot on the Descending Order List.
Texas’ crew has had stellar performances from Micaiah Harris, Jonathan Jones and O’Brien Wasome. Harris improved his national-leading mark in the 200 to 20.49 with a victory at the Razorback Invitational, while Jones moved up to third on the Descending Order List in the 400 (46.04) and Wasome holds down the No. 2 spot in the triple jump after his 16.38m (53-9) effort. Texas also owns the fourth-best DMR of the season.
Further down in the National Rating Index, three teams jumped nine or more spots into the top-10: Oregon, Georgia and Iowa State.
You can’t talk about the Ducks without mentioning their collegiate record-setting DMR team. It was at the Razorback Invitational where the quartet of James West, Jacob Miller, Charlie Hunter and Cooper Teare went 9:24.52 to smash the former standard of 9:25.97 established by Texas back in 2008. Oregon also received a national top-10 mark in the 60 from Gaston Bouchereau at the UW Preview.
The Bulldogs dominated the multi at the Razorback Invitational. For the second time in the past three years, Georgia had two men eclipse the 6000-point barrier in the heptathlon. This time it was Johannes Erm (6114) and Karel Tilga (6019) doing the honors with Kyle Garland not too far behind at 5994. Erm is now the 11th best performer in collegiate history, while Tilga and Garland both cracked the top-25.
The Cyclones not only registered their best ranking in program history, but this is the first time that they’ve ever been ranked in the top-15. Iowa State already had a big performance by Edwin Kurgat earlier this season and now he is joined by the likes of Festus Lagat, Roshon Roomes and Daniel Nixon – who all take up residence in the national top-10 of the 800 – as well as the DMR team he was part of this past weekend at the Indiana Relays.
There was one additions to the top-25 in Week 2: No. 20 South Carolina. The Gamecocks improved 14 spots from Week 1.
Be sure to keep checking back throughout the season as the National Rating Index will continue to shift ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held on March 13-14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.