2022 NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – Here is the fifth edition of the NAIA Women’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 — Women's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
St. Francis (Ill.)
William Carey (Miss.)
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Indiana Tech held steady at No. 1 for the fifth consecutive week, coming off a dominant performance at the WHAC Indoor Championships. The Warriors won the championship by 136 points. A pair of new No. 1 marks were recorded as well. Jaunita Webster-Freeman won the high jump at a national-leading 1.72m (5-7¾), while Lisa Voyles now tops the chart in the 1000 at 2:51.12. Indiana Tech won a total of 12 events at the meet. The Warriors dominated the 60-meter finals finishing 1-2-3-4-6-7. Taylor Kyle won the event with a No. 10 effort (7.62). The team has a total of 27 top-10 marks.
Concordia (Neb.) remained at No. 2 for the week. Fresh off the GPAC Indoor Championships where they defeated No. 3 Hastings (Neb.), the Bulldogs have 12 top-10 marks with several new additions. Josie Puelz won the pole vault in a new No. 1 height of 4.09m (13-5). Amy Richert finished second in the pentathlon with a NAIA No. 2 effort of 3479 points. Both the pole vault and weight throw events lead the team with the most top-10 marks at three apiece.
Hastings (Neb.) continued at No. 3 after finishing second at the GPAC Indoor Championships. The Broncos have ten top-10 marks. Nisa Thomas won the 60H crown, improving her No. 3 time to 8.60. Lauren Tamayo recorded the team’s top mark after winning the high jump at a height of 1.71m (5-7¼) for the nation’s No. 2 effort. Tamayo leads the Broncos with three top-10 marks as she also holds the No. 3 pentathlon and No. 10 long jump.
St. Francis (Ill.) remained No. 4 for the second straight week. Last weekend the Saints finished second at the CCAC Indoor Championships. The distance duo of Sabrina Baftiri and Laisha Corona each have four individual top-10 marks helped the team earn the No. 1 DMR time two weekends ago. Baftiri ranks No. 2 in the 5000, No. 3 in the 3000, No. 5 in the mile and No. 6 in the 1000. She picked up wins in both the 1000 and mile over the weekend. Corona has the No. 2 3000, No. 3 5000, No. 4 mile and No. 9 1000. Katherine Bakken joined the duo on the 5000 list with her first-place finish over the weekend in a No. 5 time of 17:24.18. The Saints have a total of 10 top-10 marks.
William Carey (Miss.) completes the unchanged top-5. While most schools had their conference championships last weekend, the Crusaders had the SSAC Indoor Conference Championships back on Feb. 7, which they won. The team has ten top-10 marks which hasn’t seen much change since the conference championship since most of their ranked athletes haven’t competed since then. However, Joy Abu is one of the exceptions as she competed at the Arkansas Qualifier over the weekend. Abu ran the No. 3 200 (24.01) to give her three top-10 efforts that include the No. 2 400 and 60H. The Crusaders have three leading marks with Selieci Myles in the 60H and Brittany Jones leading both the long jump and triple jump.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 3: No. 6 Marian (Ind.), No. 7 Doane (Neb.), No. 8 Life (Ga.), No. 9 Dordt (Iowa) and No. 10 Aquinas (Mich.).
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!