2022 NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – Here is the fifth edition of the NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index for 2022, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). No marks from previous seasons are used, which means this objective ranking is comprised solely of marks from the 2022 indoor track & field season.

NAIA — Men's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Indiana Tech
Dordt (Iowa)
Grace (Ind.)
Oklahoma City
Grand View (Iowa)
1
Indiana Tech
2
Dordt (Iowa)
3
Grace (Ind.)
4
Oklahoma City
5
Grand View (Iowa)
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Indiana Tech keeps rolling along as it holds the No. 1 spot for the fifth week in a row. The Warriors won the WHAC Indoor Championships, capturing eight individual titles and both the 4×400 and 4×800 relay crowns. Coby Bailey hopped in the 60m last weekend and won with the No. 3 time in the nation (6.75). Bailey is also the national leader in the 60H. Indiana Tech’s only other No. 1 mark is the 4×400 relay team. Neville Smith jumped to No. 4 in the triple jump at 14.80m/48-6¾ on his way to winning the event. Indiana Tech has a total of 15 top-10 marks.  

Dordt (Iowa) stays at No. 2 for the second week in a row. The Defenders have nine top-10 marks after just finishing second at the GPAC Indoor Championships, where they swept everything from the 600 up to the 5000, as well as the 4×800. Their DMR owns the highest mark as it’s NAIA’s second-best at 10:01.64. Payton Mauldin and Jebediah Merkle are the only two athletes sitting in the top-10 in two individual events for the Defenders. Mauldin is No. 3 in the 600 and No. 4 in the 800, while Merkle is No. 7 in the 800 and No. 8 in the 1000.

Grace (Ind.) moved up one spot from No. 4 to No. 3 in Week 5. The Lancers placed second at the Crossroads League Indoor Championships last weekend. They recorded a new No. 1 time in the 4×800 after defeating Marian (Ind.) with a time of 7:44.12. Bryan Hernandez won the 3000 (No. 10, 8:27.47) and finished runner up in the 5000 (No. 6, 14:42.43). Hernandez leads the team with three top-10 marks as he also has the ninth-best mile (4:15.30). Grace has a total of 10 top-10 marks. 

Oklahoma City jumped up three spots to No. 4, making their first appearance in the top-5 this season. Zouhair Talbi has become a household name in not just NAIA, but in all of collegiate running. Last weekend at the Arkansas Qualifier, Talbi defeated two NCAA Division I stars in the 3000m: Iowa State’s Wesley Kiptoo and Arkansas’ Amon Kemboi. Talbi won the race and improved his No. 1 time and NAIA record to 7:40.39. Not only is that an NAIA record, but it’s also the third-fastest mark in collegiate history and the second-fastest time this season by a collegian behind Notre Dame’s Yared Nuguse. Talbi also holds the No. 1 mile (3:59.50) and 5000 (13:18.17). Don’t forget about his teammate Shimales Abebe, who’s ranked No. 2 in all three events. The duo, along with Tate Smithhart and Milan Todorovic hold the No. 1 DMR (9:59.32) in NAIA as well. This gives the Stars four national-leading marks and three No. 2 marks to go along with a No. 6 effort in 1000. 

Grand View (Iowa) closes out the top-5, falling two spots in Week 5. Last weekend the Vikings cruised to a dominant win in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Indoor Championships by 117.5 points. The 4×400 relay team finished first, breaking into the top-10 list with a No. 9 time of 3:17.99. Grand View currently has seven top-10 marks. Their highest mark is the No. 2 DMR (7:48.03). Isaiah Wittrock has the Vikings highest individual mark with the No. 4 1000 (2:28.49).

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 3: No. 6 Friends (Kan.), No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 8 Huntington (Ind.), No. 9 Marian (Ind.) and No. 10 Southeastern (Fla.)

Mark your calendar for March 3-5, as that’s when the 2022 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, South Dakota!

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

2022 Week #5 - February 23rd

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegionCHANGE
1indiana-techINDIANA TECH255.83WHAC (1)Great Lakes◀▶
(LW: 1)
2dordt-iowaDORDT (IOWA)160.05GPAC (2)Midwest◀▶
(LW: 2)
3grace-indGRACE (IND.)146.24CrossroadsGreat Lakes▲1
(LW: 4)
4oklahoma-cityOKLAHOMA CITY143.16Indep.South Central▲3
(LW: 7)
5grand-view-iowaGRAND VIEW (IOWA)143.00The Heart (1)Midwest▼2
(LW: 3)
6friends-kanFRIENDS (KAN.)133.49KCACSouth Central▼1
(LW: 5)
7indiana-wesleyanINDIANA WESLEYAN132.64CrossroadsGreat Lakes▲3
(LW: 10)
8huntington-indHUNTINGTON (IND.)130.52CrossroadsGreat Lakes▲1
(LW: 9)
9marian-indMARIAN (IND.)129.50Crossroads (1)Great Lakes▲4
(LW: 13)
10southeastern-flaSOUTHEASTERN (FLA.)120.39Sun Conference (1)South▼4
(LW: 6)
11life-gaLIFE (GA.)112.77Mid-South (1)South▲12
(LW: 23)
12saint-mary-kanSAINT MARY (KAN.)109.40KCAC (1)South Central▼1
(LW: 11)
13doane-nebDOANE (NEB.)109.37GPAC (1)Midwest▼5
(LW: 8)
14taylor-indTAYLOR (IND.)105.11CrossroadsGreat Lakes▲2
(LW: 16)
15mount-marty-s-dMOUNT MARTY (S.D.)100.06GPAC (3)Midwest▼3
(LW: 12)
16midland-nebMIDLAND (NEB.)91.27GPAC (5)Midwest▼2
(LW: 14)
17milligan-tennMILLIGAN (TENN.)77.69AAC (1)South▲14
(LW: 31)
18lewis-clark-state-idahoLEWIS-CLARK STATE (IDAHO)76.21Indep.West◀▶
(LW: 18)
19madonna-michMADONNA (MICH.)74.94WHACGreat Lakes▲1
(LW: 20)
20langston-oklaLANGSTON (OKLA.)72.97Indep.South Central▼3
(LW: 17)
21wayland-baptist-texasWAYLAND BAPTIST (TEXAS)69.57Indep.South Central▼6
(LW: 15)
22cornerstone-michCORNERSTONE (MICH.)66.91WHACGreat Lakes▲6
(LW: 28)
23westmont-califWESTMONT (CALIF.)66.73Indep.West▼4
(LW: 19)
24eastern-oregonEASTERN OREGON66.55Indep.West◀▶
(LW: 24)
25cumberland-tennCUMBERLAND (TENN.)63.34Mid-SouthSouth▲11
(LW: 36)


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6FINAL
Oklahoma City3921197421
Indiana Tech1111112
Indiana Wesleyan2515910783
Saint Mary (Kan.)1913101112144
Life (Ga.)2223182311115
Midland (Neb.)1310131416156
Southeastern (Fla.)104761077
Madonna (Mich.)1722232019178
Huntington (Ind.)912698169
Marian (Ind.)898139510
Dordt (Iowa)23322610
Milligan (Tenn.)12182131172110
Wayland Baptist (Texas)1481515212213
Grand View (Iowa)32235314
Friends (Kan.)66556414
Cornerstone (Mich.)23242528222516
Westmont (Calif.)314619232017
Grace (Ind.)55443918
Doane (Neb.)47118131218
Bethel (Ind.)30343827272418
Langston (Okla.)15161717201821
Eastern Oregon29412224241922
Montreat (N.C.)32332735292722
Hastings (Neb.)27273225303124
Southwestern (Kan.)86966155383324
Mount Marty (S.D.)7111212151326
Briar Cliff (Iowa)24262832343226
St. Francis (Ill.)16202421282830
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)11141618183630
Cumberland (Tenn.)37303036252333
Concordia (Neb.)18172022312936
Taylor (Ind.)20191416141053
Central Methodist (Mo.)212526303338

USTFCCCA NAIA Indoor Track & Field

2022 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConference TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 1/26
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Mon 1/24
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Week 2Wed 2/2
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Mon 1/31
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Tue 2/1
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Week 3Wed 2/9
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Mon 2/7
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Mon 2/7
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Mon 2/7
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Week 4Wed 2/16
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Mon 2/14
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Mon 2/14
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Mon 2/14
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Week 5Wed 2/23
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Mon 2/21
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Mon 2/21
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Mon 2/21
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Week 6Mon 2/28
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Mon 2/28
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Mon 2/28
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Mon 2/28
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FINAL ResultsSat 3/5
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