2021 NCAA DII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – Conference Championship Weekend has shaken up the newest edition of the NCAA Division II Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday afternoon. 20 teams have a new placement within the National TFRI from this past weekend’s results.
No. 1 Grand Valley State, No. 2 Ashland, No. 3 Colorado School of Mines, No. 4 West Texas A&M and No. 5 Central Missouri continue to hold a place among the top-5. The Orediggers and the Buffs traded places like they have for the last two weeks based on results from the weekend while both teams remained idle.
NCAA Division II — Men's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Grand Valley State
Colo. School of Mines
West Texas A&M
All TFRI Reports
Grand Valley State remained atop the National TFRI for the third straight week following the program’s fourth consecutive GLIAC title. The Lakers have 17 top-10 nationally ranked marks to date and notched two improvements at the GLIAC Championships: Makiyah Smallwood in the 60H (No. 6, 7.98) and Caleb Futter in the mile (No. 9, 4:04.45). The Lakers continue to boast the top-ranked DMR of 9:39.38 that set an NCAA Division II all-conditions best.
The second-ranked Eagles had an impressive showing at the GLIAC Championships with seven season best efforts that rank within the top-10 on the Descending Order List. Trevor Bassitt soared for the Eagles with an improvement on his national leading marks in the 200 (20.40) and 60H (7.67), moved to No. 2 in the 60 (6.72), and was part of the fastest 4×400 of the season (3:08.23). Also earning season bests are Brent Fairbanks in the weight throw (No. 3, 21.16m/69-5¼), Travis Moore in the heptathlon (No. 6, 5327) and Channing Phillips in the 400 (No. 6, 47.65).
Central Missouri remained steady with seven event performances that rank among the top-10 in NCAA Division II, including two season best efforts at the MIAA Championships. In the triple jump, Christopher Goodwin soared 15.17m (49-9¼) to improve his No. 7 ranking in the triple jump. The Mules also earned a boost from Garrett Francis after posting a score of 5233 in the heptathlon to move to No. 8 on the Descending Order List.
Here are the rest of the teams that make up the top-10 in Week 6: No. 6 Tiffin, No. 7 Lee (Tenn.), No. 8 Pittsburg State, No. 9 Northwest Missouri and No. 10 Texas A&M-Commerce.
The 2021 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled for March 11-13 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.