2020 NCAA DIII Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – There were some big changes to the top-10 of the most recent NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index that was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Nine of the top-10 teams shifted spots after we tossed out all marks from previous seasons and only use those from the current offering.
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Williams remained No. 1 for the fifth consecutive week. And how could it not? The Ephs have 14 marks that are ranked in the top-10 nationally across eight different events, including the national-leading effort in the high jump from Emma Egan at 1.76m (5-9¼) as well as the top spot in the 4×400 relay at 3:52.34, which was converted up from a 3:49.52.
Ithaca matches its all-time program high with its No. 2 billing. The Bombers were last ranked second nationally in Week 7 of the 2017 season. Parley Hannan is the reason for Ithaca’s surge this season as she is the top-ranked athlete in the mile, 3000, 5000 and is a member of the top-ranked DMR. Just this past weekend, Hannan smashed the NCAA DIII record in the 5000 by more than 16 seconds when she ran 16:05.36 at the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational.
UW-La Crosse jumped one spot to No. 3 and is the beneficiary of 10 marks that are ranked in the top-10 nationally. Clair Shepardson leads the Eagles with the nation’s top time in the 60 Hurdles at 8.71, while Skye Digman is ranked fourth nationally in both the shot put and weight throw.
UChicago and Johns Hopkins both dropped two spots to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The Maroons have five marks that are ranked in the top-10 nationally, compared to eight for the Blue Jays – but the former has a national leader in the guise of Laura Darcey (heptathlon).
The rest of the top-10 teams in Week 4 are comprised by No. 6 Loras, No. 7 SUNY Geneseo, No. 8 Washington (Mo.), No. 9 TCNJ and No. 10 MIT. This is the 10th time in the past two years that the Knights have been ranked in the top-10, while the Lions have been able to haul in four such nods this season alone.
There are six new additions to the top-25 in Week 4: No. 17 Redlands, No. 18 Trine, No. 21 John Carroll, No. 23 Wesleyan (Conn.), No. 24 North Central (Ill.) and No. 25 St. Thomas (Minn.).
Be sure to check back next week as the National Rating Index continues to evolve ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships set to take place on March 13-14 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.