2022 NCAA DIII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – We dotted our i’s and crossed our t’s.
Here is the first installment of the NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). No marks from previous seasons have been used, which means this objective ranking is comprised solely of marks from the 2022 indoor track & field season.
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UW-Oshkosh is No. 1 in the first ranking of the season for the fifth time in program history. The Titans previously topped the chart in 2010, 2013, 2019 and 2020. Well, it’s easy to see why UW-Oshkosh headlines the National TFRI in 2022 with 12 national top-10 marks on the Descending Order List, which includes three national leaders in Jaylen Grant (60, 6.78), Londyn Little (200, 21.77) and Jonathan Wilburn (triple jump, 15.00m/49-2½). Little is also ranked second in the 60 at 6.82, which is tied with teammate Davian Williams for that spot on the national chart.
Loras sits No. 2 to begin the season, which matches its early-season billing from the past two years. The Duhawks own 10 national top-10 marks with a trio of national leaders coming from Mike Jasa in the 800 (1:50.13), Ryan Rogers in the heptathlon (5272 points) and the 4×400 relay at 3:20.67, of which Jasa is part. Rogers is also ranked among the top-10 in the pole vault and long jump.
Wartburg comes in at No. 3 for its second best opening mark in program history (The Knights opened the 2021 season at No. 1). A quartet of top-10 marks in distance events and two more in the 60 hurdles propelled Wartburg in the first few weeks. Christopher Collet, Joe Freiburger and Whatt Schmidt are all ranked among the top-5 in the mile, 5000 and 800, respectively, while Dallas Wright and Deyton Love find themselves in the top-7 of the sprint hurdles.
MIT is ranked fourth to begin the season, the same spot it earned three years ago. The Engineers hold six national top-10 marks, including two from Kenneth Wei alone (Wei is ranked third in the long jump at 7.29m (23-11) and fourth in the 60H at 8.09). Matthew Kearney and Ryan Wilson are also ranked among the top-6 athletes nationally in the 5000 and 800, respectively.
John Carroll settles in at No. 5 to begin the season and has become a mainstay in the top-10 over the past two years. The Blue Streaks were among the national leaders in all nine weeks last year and begin 2022 that same way. Alex Phillip has been a force for JCU early in the season with national-leading marks in both the mile (4:05.50) and 5000 (13:58.42). Not to be outdone, Garrett Clark (200) and Jamie Dailey (3000) hold spots in the national top-5 in those events.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Johns Hopkins, No. 7 Williams, No. 8 SUNY Geneseo, No. 9 Rowan and No. 10 Benedictine (Ill.). This is a program-best ranking for the Blue Jays, whose previous best was No. 13 back in 2015.
Mark your calendars for March 11-12, because that’s when the 2022 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.