2020 NCAA DI Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – Collegiate indoor track & field is in full swing, and the first major weekend of action saw some shifts in the latest NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index that was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday afternoon.
Southern California continues to hold down the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive, and while Georgia (No. 2), Arkansas (No. 3) and Texas (No. 4) remained in their respective rankings, Texas A&M climbed two spots to No. 5.
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The Trojans saw two top-10 performances in the 60 Hurdles at the Texas Tech Invitational. Mecca McGlaston improved her season best to 8.07 for the fourth-fastest time, while Anna Cockrell ran the seventh-best time of the year in 8.09 in her season debut. USC also won the 4×400 relay at Texas Tech to sit in a tie for the second-fastest time of the year.
Texas A&M moved themselves back in the top 5 for the second time this year. Tyra Gittens was the top collegian in the high jump at Texas Tech, and her season best clearance of 6′-1/2″ moves her to No. 3 on the national leaderboard. The Aggies also ran the fifth-fastest 4×400 relay of the season.
Jumping into the top-10 are Stanford, Oregon, and Florida.
The Cardinal made the biggest jump into the top-10 with a 12 spot improvement to No. 7 in this week’s National Rating Index to match their highest placement since Week 2 of 2014. Posting two of the nation’s best times in the mile at the Arkansas Razorback Invitational are Ella Donaghu (No. 3) and Jessica Lawson (No. 5), and are part of the DMR that ran the second-fastest time of the season.
The Ducks improved 8 spots to No. 9 with a big boost from Lexi Ellis posting the second-farthest mark of the year in the triple jump (44-6). Freshman Mathilde Rey scored 4142 points in her pentathlon debut at the Razorback Invitational to give her the fourth-best score of the year. while Susan Ejore ran the fifth-best 800 of the year at 2:04.77.
Florida improved one spot from No. 11 to No. 10. The Gators boast two quarter milers in the top-4 in Taylor Mason (No. 3) and Doneisha Anderson (No. 4), while the duo is part of the the 4×400 relay that is tied for the second-fastest time of the year at 3:33.31. The Gators also own the fifth-fastest DMR.
The second largest jump within the top-25 belongs to BYU, moving up 10 spots from No. 25 to No. 15. The DMR of Anna Camp, Alena Ellsworth, Lauren Ellsworth and Whittni Orton running 10:53.95 for the top time in the nation. Orton is also the national leader in the mile at 4:29.76 and has the third fastest time in the 5000.
Continue to check in each week to see how the National Rating Index has evolved as the season moves closer to the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 13-14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.