2021 NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – The 2021 NAIA Indoor Track & Field season is back!
Here is the first installment of the 2021 NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field National TFRI released Wednesday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
NAIA — Women's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
All TFRI Reports
For the fourth consecutive year, Indiana Tech headlines the first National TFRI of the season. The Warriors have combined for 26 national top-10 marks. Five athletes have national leading marks in their respective events: Loanie Cellard in the 3000 race walk (15:12.10), Kylin Nichols in the 60H (8.73), Erica Zayarath in the high jump (1.68m/5-6), Carlie Turner in the long jump (5.95m/16-6¼) and Renique Smith in the pentathlon (3350).
Concordia (Neb.) will start the season at No. 2 for the third straight year. The Bulldogs have compiled 23 top-10 nationally ranked marks, including the No. 1 mark in the pole vault by Josie Puelz (3.85/12-7½). The Bulldogs also boast multiple athletes ranked in the top-10 in the 400, 600, pole vault, long jump, shot put, weight throw and pentathlon.
Hastings (Neb.) is slotted at No. 3 for the first National TFRI with 16 national top-10 marks. The Broncos have three athletes ranked in the top-5 in their respective events: Josie Peterson in the pole vault (3.62m/11-10½); Tiersa Darley in the pole vault (3.53m/11-7); MaKenzie Peters in the weight throw (17.42m/57-2).
Dordt (Iowa) is the fourth-ranked team to begin the season. The Defenders have 10 marks ranked in the top-10 nationally. Emma Bakker and Mike Kooistra hold a national lead in their respective events: Bakker in the 400 (56.67c) and Kooistra in the 600 (1:35.36c). Dordt (Iowa) also has the fastest 4×400 of the season at 3:52.86c.
Friends (Kan.) will round out the top-5 teams in Week 1. The Falcons turned in 11 top-10 national marks, with seven of those marks falling in the top-3: Aileen Gurrola and Aubry Donley in the 600; Kayla Allen and Jolene Jenson in the 3000 race walk. Donley also has the third-fastest 800 of the year. The Falcons also have a pair of ranked relays – the top-ranked DMR (12:28.26c) and the No. 2 4×800 (9:34.48c).
Here are the rest of the teams that make up the top-10 in Week 1: No. 6 Southeastern (Fla.), No. 7 Doane (Neb.), No. 8 Huntington (Ind.), No. 9 William Carey (Miss.) and No. 10 Morningside (Iowa).
The 2021 NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled for March 3-6 in Yankton, South Dakota.