2020 NCAA DII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – Seven teams continued to climb the up the NCAA Division II Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index that was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday as the season moves one week closer to the postseason.
Lincoln (Mo.) stayed on top of the rankings for the second straight week, and Ashland climbed up two spots to No. 2. The Eagles improving bumped Tiffin and Colorado School of Mines down to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while American International rounds out the top-5.
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Ashland, with a season best ranking, boasts numerous top performances. Trevor Bassitt owns two national leading marks of his own in the 200 and 60 Hurdles, and is part of the 4×400 that has the fourth fastest time of the year. In the weight throw, the trio of Brent Fairbanks, Alex Hill and Nick Zak are ranked No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.
St. Augustine’s (No. 9) and Grand Valley State (No. 10) each improved one spot to round out the top-10. The Falcons earned a boost from Phillip Marcell, as he clocked a seasonal best in the 200 and now sits third on the national performance list. For the Lakers, Dennis Mbuta turned in a strong time of 4:03.84 in the mile at the Meyo Invitational to move up to No. 4 in the event.
North Greenville earned a seven-spot improvement to No. 13 for the program’s highest national ranking. Senior JJ Sherman had a big weekend at the South Carolina Invitational, as he became the national leader in the 60 with a time of 6.68 seconds, and ran the sixth fastest time in the 200. Jackson Junkins also improved upon his national standing in the 400 and is currently sitting fifth on the performance list.
Climbing to a season best rank is Adams State, improving nine spots from No. 25 to No. 16. The Grizzlies top performer on the weekend was Carson Bix, as the sophomore became the national leader in the mile.
Two teams joined the top-25 this week – Lee (Tenn.) jumped up nine spots from No. 27 to No. 18, while Queens (N.C.) saw a three-spot improvement to No. 23. Both are season best rankings.
Christian Noble, already the owner of the second-fastest 5000 of the year, turned in Division II’s top time in the 3000 following a fifth-place finish at the Camel City Invitational for the Flames. For the Royals, Seb Anthony clocked the fifth-fastest time in the 800, also set at the Camel City Invitational.
Be sure to continue checking back at the National Rating Index each Tuesday to see how the list evolves ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 13-14 in Birmingham, Alabama.