2022 NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – Business is picking up!
Here is the newest edition of the NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Only marks from the current season are used in calculating the formula, so this is a comprehensive, objective look at the 2022 indoor season.
NAIA — Men's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Grand View (Iowa)
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Indiana Tech held steady at No. 1 for the second week in a row. The Warriors own 13 national top-10 marks so far this season, which includes three national-leading marks: Daunte O’Bannion is ranked first nationally in the open 400 at 47.48 and is a member of the top-ranked 4×400 relay at 3:16.15; Coby Bailey is the NAIA leader in the 60-meter hurdles at 7.94. Indiana Tech also has 10 other strong marks with multiple top-1o athletes in the 400 and triple jump.
Grand View (Iowa) continues to climb the National TFRI and is ranked No. 2 in Week 2. The Vikings, who were ranked third in Week 1, hold nine national top-10 marks. All but three of those marks come in the 1000 and 3000-meter race walk, where Grand View has three top-10 athletes each. The top athlete of that bunch is Isaiah Wittrock in the 1000 (No. 2, 2:28.49).
Dordt (Iowa) fell one spot to No. 3 after the first set of rankings. The Defenders captured 11 national top-10 marks so far this season, including a chart-topper by Payton Mauldin in the 600 at 1:18.37. Mauldin is one of four athletes from Dordt who make up six top-10 marks between the 600, 800 and 1000. The Defenders also recorded the nation’s second-fastest mark in the 4×800 this past weekend with their 7:53.73 effort at the Mount Marty Invitational.
Southeastern (Fla.) jumped six spots from No. 10 to No. 4 between Week 1 and Week 2. The Fire scorched the Descending Order Lists for eight national top-10 marks, including No. 2 ranks for Joseph Taylor in the 200 (21.40), Davonte Vanterpool in the 60H (8.00) and the 4×400 relay, which Taylor anchored to a 3:16.60 mark at the IMG Indoor-Outdoor Classic.
Grace (Ind.) remained in place at No. 5. Six national top-10 efforts pace the Lancers with top-2 billing belonging to Kyle Smith in the 800 (1:52.40) and Isaac Brown in the high jump (2.10m/6-10¾). Bryan Hernandez holds two top-5 marks in the 3000 and 5000.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 2: No. 6 Friends (Kan.), No. 7 Doane (Neb.), No. 8 Wayland Baptist (Texas), No. 9 Marian (Ind.) and No. 10 Midland (Neb.).
Mark your calendars for March 3-5, because that’s when the 2021 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, South Dakota.