2021 NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – The outdoor season is underway!

Here is the first edition of the NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index for the 2021 season, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

NAIA — Men's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Southeastern (Fla.)
Milligan (Tenn.)
Montreat (N.C.)
Indiana Tech
Westmont (Calif.)
1
Southeastern (Fla.)
2
Milligan (Tenn.)
3
Montreat (N.C.)
4
Indiana Tech
5
Westmont (Calif.)
All TFRI Reports

Southeastern (Fla.) will kick off the season at No. 1 having 10 national top-10 marks. Joseph Taylor and Kyle Manuel each have two efforts in the top-5: Taylor is No. 2 in the 200 (21.43w) and No. 5 in the 100 (10.59); Manuel is ranked No. 3 in both the shot put (17.73m/58-2) and discus (47.77m/156-9). The Fire also has the top ranked 4×100 (40.89).

Milligan (Tenn.) will come in at No. 2 to start the season. The Buffalos have 10 top-10 nationally ranked efforts, including two national leaders. Nathan Baker has three top-2 marks: No. 1 in the 1500 (3:53.79) and 10,000 (30:39.95); No. 2 in the 5000 (14:30.60). Tim Thacker adds two performances in the 1500 (No. 2, 3:54.68) and 5000 (No. 3, 14:33.20), while Aaron Jones is ranked well in the 10,000 (30:50.20).

Montreat (N.C.) starts the season at No. 3. Of the seven top-10 national marks it has, three rank in the top-5: Moses Dirane in the steeple (No. 2, 9:33.05); Dustin Blevins in the long jump (No. 2, 7.40m/24-3½); Dylan Branch in the 1500 (No. 5, 3:58.97). The Cavaliers also have three athletes in the decathlon ranked in the top-10.

Indiana Tech is ranked No. 4 in Week 1. The Warriors have seven top-10 nationally ranked performances, including the national leading mark in the 400 thanks to Jordan Highsmith’s 47.51 and the third best triple jumper in Neville Smith (14.86m/48-9). This past weekend, the Warriors added three top-7 relays – the 4×800 (No. 3), 4×400 (No. 5) and 4×100 (No. 7).

Westmont (Calif.) will round out the top-5 with 7 national top-10 marks. The Warriors gained two No. 2 efforts this past weekend: Seth Wilmoth in the pole vault (4.85m/15-11) and the 4×800 (7:45.08). Senzo Sokhela also added a pair of top-5 efforts in the 1500 (No. 3, 3:56.32) and 800 (No. 5, 1:53.28).

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Concordia (Neb.), No. 7 Baker (Kan.), No. 8 Dickinson State (N.D.), No. 9 Doane (Neb.) and No. 10 Midland (Neb.).

NAIA
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2021 Week #1 - March 31st

Top 25 Teams
VIEW ALL TEAMS
National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegion2020
FINAL
1southeastern-flaSOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)296.45Sun Conference (1)South---
2milligan-tennMILLIGAN (TENN.)277.31AACSouth---
3montreat-n-cMONTREAT (N.C.)245.35AAC (1)South---
4indiana-techINDIANA TECH234.98WHAC (1)Great Lakes---
5westmont-califWESTMONT (CALIF.)198.14GSACWest---
6concordia-nebCONCORDIA (NEB.)175.38GPACMidwest---
7baker-kanBAKER (KAN.)166.65The HeartSouth Central---
8dickinson-state-n-dDICKINSON STATE (N.D.)142.89North StarMidwest---
9doane-nebDOANE (NEB.)142.24GPAC (1)Midwest---
10midland-nebMIDLAND (NEB.)138.97GPACMidwest---
11william-carey-missWILLIAM CAREY (MISS.)135.70SSAC (1)South---
12madonna-michMADONNA (MICH.)134.76WHACGreat Lakes---
13indiana-wesleyanINDIANA WESLEYAN131.83CrossroadsGreat Lakes---
14tennessee-wesleyanTENNESSEE WESLEYAN129.44AACSouth---
15warner-flaWARNER (FLA.)127.62Sun ConferenceSouth---
16southern-oregonSOUTHERN OREGON124.82CascadeWest---
17arizona-christianARIZONA CHRISTIAN122.08GSAC (1)West---
18wayland-baptist-texasWAYLAND BAPTIST (TEXAS)121.10SACSouth Central---
19columbia-international-s-cCOLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL (S.C.)120.99AACSouth---
20grand-view-iowaGRAND VIEW (IOWA)120.49The Heart (1)Midwest---
21mcpherson-kanMCPHERSON (KAN.)120.41KCACSouth Central---
22cumberland-tennCUMBERLAND (TENN.)119.04Mid-SouthSouth---
23xavier-laXAVIER (LA.)115.67Gulf CoastSouth---
24friends-kanFRIENDS (KAN.)115.20KCACSouth Central---
25bethel-indBETHEL (IND.)114.63CrossroadsGreat Lakes---


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7Week #8Week #9FINAL
Doane (Neb.)9111111111
Madonna (Mich.)129135587661
Indiana Tech4744222223
Westmont (Calif.)54579101217134
Southeastern (Fla.)1222335335
Saint Mary (Kan.)414543910113596
Midland (Neb.)101210141318201577
William Carey (Miss.)1111151819192929168
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)2633411624171826188
Wayland Baptist (Texas)18571114497510
Indiana Wesleyan1320271267691111
St. Ambrose (Iowa)3737202521182412
Huntington (Ind.)322212157544413
Dordt (Iowa)29266611138102214
Warner (Fla.)15242628272828332815
Oklahoma City78666942424333413915
Oregon Tech55545461363714111017
Grace (Ind.)27253223333846474618
Montreat (N.C.)3816134910121419
Florida Memorial44485535403243494320
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)30382933312630161221
William Penn (Iowa)46536253571519232321
Milligan (Tenn.)23338611242621
Xavier (La.)23132030264545302721
Science & Arts (Okla.)65687269798065514821
Southern Oregon16161832252235323026
Concordia (Neb.)6688161213132028
Central Methodist (Mo.)28101427394647565928
Cornerstone (Mich.)81764039213036251940
Baker (Kan.)7142424354432271749
Friends (Kan.)2415921121615213449
McPherson (Kan.)21293338302425373549
Cumberland (Tenn.)22354750605963313749
Marian (Ind.)35192831384734404049
Bethel (Ind.)25391920233944464449
Grand View (Iowa)202825411721168859
Eastern Oregon75415056514027222959
Arizona Christian17303136456769696859
Taylor (Ind.)63525926293623141564
Bethel (Kan.)33183034441417192164
Dickinson State (N.D.)8212110152022202564
Columbia International (S.C.)19232319222724284169
St. Thomas (Fla.)59756352532326353174
Mount Marty (S.D.)601117343139485474
Tennessee Wesleyan14171722183337443677
Northwestern (Iowa)363422253234413960

USTFCCCA NAIA Outdoor Track & Field

2021 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConference TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 3/31
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 3/29
MEN | WOMEN
Week 2Wed 4/7
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/5
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/5
MEN | WOMEN
Week 3Wed 4/14
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/12
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/12
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/12
MEN | WOMEN
Week 4Wed 4/21
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/19
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/19
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/19
MEN | WOMEN
Week 5Wed 4/28
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/26
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/26
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 4/26
MEN | WOMEN
Week 6Wed 5/5
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/3
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/3
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/3
MEN | WOMEN
Week 7Wed 5/12
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/10
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/10
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/10
MEN | WOMEN
Week 8Wed 5/19
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/17
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/17
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/17
MEN | WOMEN
Week 9Tue 5/25
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/24
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/24
MEN | WOMEN
Mon 5/24
MEN | WOMEN
FINAL ResultsFri 5/28
MEN | WOMEN
May 26-28: NAIA Champs (Gulf Shores, Ala.)