2020 NCAA DIII Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – The winds of change swept through the top-10 of the NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index between Week 2 and Week 3.
The most recent National Rating Index, released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), saw only two of the top-10 teams remain the same from the previous week – No. 1 Williams and No. 8 Loras. Otherwise, everything changed.
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UChicago jumped three spots from No. 5 to a program-record No. 2 following an incredible weekend at the Windy City Rumble. The Maroons witnessed two athletes notch a total of four national top-3 marks, including an all-time mark in the pentathlon by Laura Darcey. The senior is now the third best performer in NCAA DIII history with her score of 3794, while she also moved up to No. 2 nationally in the high jump at 1.74m (5-8½). Isabel Maletich improved her seasonal bests in the horizontal jumps with a nation-leading mark of 12.40m (40-8¼) in the triple jump and a 5.77m (18-11¼) effort in the long jump.
UW-La Crosse improved its standing three spots since Week 2 thanks to its efforts at the Ted Nelson Classic this past weekend. Savannah Rygiewicz led the way for the fourth-ranked Eagles as she notched a pair of national top-5 times in the 60 (7.62) and the 200 (25.21), while their 4×400 relay team took over the national lead with a time of 3:54.98.
WPI jumped 13 spots from No. 22 to No. 9 following a strong performance at the Tufts Cupid Challenge. It was in Medford, Massachusetts, where the Engineers’ Distance Medley Relay team of Grace Hadley, Janelle Knight, Lauren Kaija and Sydney Packard took over the national lead in the event with their mark of 12:03.22.
Not to be outdone, Middlebury leapfrogged 14 teams on its way to a No. 12 ranking. The Panthers finished runner-up to WPI in the DMR at the Tufts Cupid Challenge and in doing so, notched the nation’s second fastest time in the process.
You can’t talk about the Tufts Cupid Challenge without mentioning the host. Tufts soared from No. 43 to No. 19 in Week 3 after a busy weekend in which it saw Jaidyn Appel tally the fourth best clearance in the high jump this season. The Jumbos also recorded the nation’s fourth best time in the DMR.
This is the final week that we’ll use both current and preseason marks to calculate the National Rating Index. After this week, we’ll throw out all preseason marks and only use those from the current season since we have enough data to keep everything sorted.
Be sure to check back next week and each week ahead in advance of the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships from March 13-14 at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.