2020 NJCAA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – There was very little movement among the top team as the final NJCAA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Ratings Index were released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The ratings get replaced with real action this week as the 2020 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships are set for Friday and Saturday in Lynchburg, Virginia. This is the 48th annual edition of the men’s championships.
Most programs rested up for a full-go at the nationals. The only change in the top-10 was Coffeyville (Kan.) CC moving up a spot to No. 4, knocking New Mexico JC down to No. 5.
NJCAA — Men's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Iowa Central CC
South Plains (Texas)
Barton (Kan.) CC
Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
New Mexico JC
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Iowa Central CC continues its season-long perch at the top, a good position as the Tritons aim for their fourth national title in five years. The well-balanced team has two national leaders in Kelvin Bungei (mile) and the distance medley relay team. Courtney Lindsey is rated No. 2 in the 60 meters, but only fourth in 200 – an event he won last year (he was runner-up in the 60).
South Plains CC is No. 2 and looks to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish. The Texans last won this meet in 2018. South Plains has the most national leaders at three, with Moitalel Mpoke leading the 600 and 800 meters as well as part of the top 4 x 400 relay.
No. 3 Barton (Kan.) CC was runner-up the past two years. The Cougars have two list leaders with Davonte Burnett in the 60 and Philip Lemonious in the 60 hurdles. Burnett is also No. 2 in the 200, where he was runner-up to Lindsey last year.
Coffeyville (Kan.) CC moved back to No. 4, the highest they’ve been this year and the same position they finished in last year’s meet. The Red Ravens look strongest in the field events, where they have two national leaders in James Brown (long jump) and Henry Kiner (triple jump).
New Mexico JC has made a big splash this year, re-instituting their program after almost three decades. The Thunderbirds – who last scored in this meet in 1988 – are No. 5 and have a national leader with weight thrower Andrei Romanov, who has raised national record to more than 70 feet at 70-7 (21.51m).
The rest of the top-10 are No. 6 Cloud County (Kan.) CC, No. 7 Mesa (Ariz.) CC, No. 8 Butler (Kan.) CC, No. 9 Vincennes (Ind.) and No. 10 Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.).
Besides Lindsey, two other individual champions return from last year – Corvell Todd of Hinds (Miss.) CC in the high jump and Lloyd McCurdy of Monroe in the triple jump. Todd leads the list this year, while McCurdy is No. 4.