2020 NCAA DII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – The first weekend of Conference Championships has really stirred up the newest edition of 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 afternoon.
The result is a new No. 1 and No. 2 and two teams climbing back into the top-25 as the majority of the teams gear up for their respective conference championship.
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Welcome to the top, Angelo State.
For the first time in program history, the Rams are atop the national rankings during the indoor season after climbing 7 spots from No. 8. The Lone Star Champions had numerous performances over the weekend that now sit among the top in the country to bolster their positioning. Trivett Jones now owns the top vault in Division II at 5.32m (17-5 ½) and Trpimir Siroki, already ranked No. 2 in the heptathlon, landed the fourth-farthest long jump of the year. Diego Pettorossi also added to the Rams’ list of nationally ranked performers, running the No. 3 time in the 200 en route to winning the conference title in the event.
Lincoln (Mo.) improved its national standing by one spot, moving from No. 3 to No. 2. The Blue Tigers saw two improved marks at the Arkansas Qualifier with strong performances by Javan Gray in the 200 and Kizan David in the long jump. Gray is now ranked fifth in both the 60 and 20 dashes, while David is ranked third and second in the long and triple jumps, respectively. Kizan David Ryan Brown continues to pace the team with his divisional leading marks in the long and triple.
With the jump of Angelo State and Lincoln (Mo.), No. 3 Tiffin and No. 4 Colorado School of Mines dropped two spots, while Ashland fell one spot to No. 5 to round out this week’s top-5.
The newest addition to the top-10 is Saint Augustine’s. The CIAA Co-Champions improved two spots from No. 11 to No. 9 to match its season best placement. The Falcons have some of the top performers on the Descending Order List, led by its top-ranked 4×400 relay. Kurt Modeste and Phillip Marcelle are also ranked No. 3 and No. 5 in the 200, respectively.
Two teams move back into the top-25: No. 16 West Texas A&M and No. 25 Oklahoma Baptist.
The Buffs improved 12 spots from No. 28 to No. 16. The Lone Star Conference Runner-Ups had a big weekend from Quinton Sansing, who won the 400 and was part of the winning 4×400 relay. He is ranked No. 6 nationally in the 400 meter and the relay is currently No. 8 on the national qualifying list. Benjamin Azamati also has the fifth-fastest time in the 60.
The Bison improved 5 spots from No. 30 a week ago thanks to an improved provisional qualifying time in the 4×400 relay, running 3:12.12 at the Texas Tech Matador Qualifier. Brandon Crowley continues to be ranked in the top-5 in the 60 Hurdles, while Hayden Ashley is sitting eighth on the Descending Order List in the heptathlon.
Be sure to check back next Tuesday at the National Rating Index following Conference Championship Weekend to see how the list evolved ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama on March 13-14.