2021 NCAA DI Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – Lots of changes from this past weekend of competition shook up the latest edition of the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index, released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday morning.
The top teams in the nation continued to sit within the top-5 with a slightly different look. Six teams gained multiple spots in other areas of the top-25, including four teams that made massive strides with improvements of more than ten spots.
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Arkansas continued to hold down the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row, followed by No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Texas and No. 5 Southern California. The Razorbacks, Aggies, and Bulldogs have each held their respective rankings in all three editions of the National TFRI this season.
The second-ranked Aggies were able to bolster their position by picking up the top-2 spots in the 400: Athing Mu is ranked No. 1 (50.52) with Charokee Young right behind at No. 2 (51.93). Out of the 11 top-10 national marks Texas A&M holds, nine of them sit within the top-5 in their respective event.
Texas traded places with Southern California from a week ago. The fourth-ranked Longhorns earned a boost in their rankings with a pair of 60-meter performances from Julien Alfred (No. 2, 7.15) and Kynnedy Flannel (No. 6, 7.23). Texas also clocked the sixth-best 4×400 of the year (3:35.84).
Here are the other teams in the top-10 in Week 3: No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Alabama, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 BYU and No. 10 Texas Tech. The Gators made their first appearance in the top-10 this season, moving up 11 spots from a week ago. Florida earned two national top-5 marks from Grace Stark in the 60H (No. 2, 8.07) and Talitha Diggs in the 400 (No. 3, 52.34).
The Biggest Mover of the Week in the top-25 was No. 13 NC State. The Wolfpack soared 49 spots to make its debut in the National TFRI. NC State earned the boost following its strong showing in the distance events at the Virginia Beach Invitational. Hannan Steelman turned in the third-fastest 5000 (15:47.43), while Elly Henes is ranked No. 4 in both the 3000 (9:03.43) and 5000 (15:49.96).
The next National TFRI will be released on Monday, February 15th and continue all season long leading up to the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held March 11-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.