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

NEW ORLEANS – Let’s check out the first installment of the 2021 NCAA Division III Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

To wit: We’re only using marks from the current season, which gives a true look at which teams are performing the best at the current moment. That means the National TFRI will continue to evolve throughout the season and gives you more reason to keep checking back!

NCAA Division III — Men's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
George Fox
Mount Union
John Carroll
Lynchburg
McMurry
1
George Fox
2
Mount Union
3
John Carroll
4
Lynchburg
5
McMurry
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George Fox opens the season at No. 1, which is its highest ranking in program history by a long shot (The Bruins were previously ranked as high as No. 3 in 2018). Look no further than GFU’s 10 national top-10 marks in the first few weeks of the season. Three of those top-10 marks come in the decathlon, where Tayler Phillips (No. 2, 6520), Davis Smith (No. 3, 6464) and Si De Jong (No. 4, 6013) all reside in order in the top-5.

Mount Union sits No. 2 to begin the season, matching its best rank at this juncture (The Purple Raiders were also No. 2 in 2015). Out of the 10 national top-10 marks that Mount Union has, five of them sit among the top-5, including a national leader from Tanner Slack in the high jump at 2.06m (6-9). Lucas Cooper holds down the No. 2 spot in the discus at 48.87m (160-4), while A.J. Digby (No. 3, 48.43) and Tyler Gill (No. 3, 21.87) are highly-ranked in their respective events as well.

John Carroll continues its strong efforts during the indoor season into the outdoor season and resides at No. 3. The Blue Streaks own nine national top-10 marks, including a national leader from Ian Pierson in the 1500 at 3:53.05. Jacob Fritsch (javelin), Alex Phillip (1500) and Deven Ward (100) are ranked second nationally in their respective events.

Lynchburg comes into the 2021 season at No. 4. The Hornets have amassed nine national top-10 marks this season, including a national leader from Max Sparks in the 5000 of 14:38.80. Five of those top-10 marks came from their efforts this past weekend, namely the third-ranked performances in the 800 (Sam Llaneza, 1:53.28) and long jump (Julian Douglas, 7.07m/23-2½).

McMurry and Rowan aren’t separated by much at No. 5 and No. 6, but the former takes home the final spot in the top-5 this week. The War Hawks earned a national-leading mark in the 4×400 relay this past weekend of 3:16.03 and hold seven others, including a No. 2 billing in the high jump from Aaron Webb at 2.00m (6-6¾).

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Rowan, No. 7 Whitworth, No. 8 Carnegie Mellon, No. 9 UW-La Crosse and No. 10 Piedmont.

NCAA Division III
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2021 Week #1 - March 30th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegionCHANGE
1george-foxGEORGE FOX219.70NWCWestNR
2mount-unionMOUNT UNION177.19OACGreat LakesNR
3john-carrollJOHN CARROLL174.98OACGreat LakesNR
4lynchburgLYNCHBURG160.23ODACSouth/SoutheastNR
5mcmurryMCMURRY123.36ASCSouth/SoutheastNR
6rowanROWAN122.30NJACAtlanticNR
7whitworthWHITWORTH119.18NWCWestNR
8carnegie-mellonCARNEGIE MELLON117.46UAAMideastNR
9uw-la-crosseUW-LA CROSSE110.97WIACMidwestNR
10piedmontPIEDMONT91.06IndependentSouth/SoutheastNR
11hardin-simmonsHARDIN-SIMMONS87.90ASCSouth/SoutheastNR
12washington-moWASHINGTON (MO.)83.57UAAMidwestNR
13bridgewater-stateBRIDGEWATER STATE73.37MASCACNew EnglandNR
14centreCENTRE72.38SAASouth/SoutheastNR
15puget-soundPUGET SOUND70.31NWCWestNR
16uw-stoutUW-STOUT69.80WIACMidwestNR
17trineTRINE62.99MIAAGreat LakesNR
18trinity-texasTRINITY (TEXAS)58.53SCACSouth/SoutheastNR
19mariettaMARIETTA50.80OACGreat LakesNR
20east-texas-baptistEAST TEXAS BAPTIST50.68ASCSouth/SoutheastNR
21ithacaITHACA49.31Liberty LeagueAtlanticNR
22uw-whitewaterUW-WHITEWATER48.95WIACMidwestNR
23uw-oshkoshUW-OSHKOSH46.61WIACMidwestNR
24washington-and-leeWASHINGTON AND LEE45.78ODACSouth/SoutheastNR
25pacific-lutheranPACIFIC LUTHERAN44.53NWCWestNR

USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field

2021 Rankings Calendar
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