2022 NJCAA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – The top two positions remained the same for the third week in a row, as the Week 3 NJCAA Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Track & Field Ratings Index (TFRI) was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The TFRI serves as an objective means to compare programs solely of current marks from the 2022 indoor track & field season.
NJCAA — Men's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
South Plains (Texas)
Iowa Western CC
Indian Hills (Iowa) CC
Iowa Central CC
Butler (Kan.) CC
All TFRI Reports
South Plains (Texas) increased its lead in the ratings by some 31 points. The Texans have 25 marks in the top-10, which leads the nation – as does their total of top-5 marks (15) and event leaders (5). Most recent on the team to take national leads are high jumper Kudakwashe Chadenga (2.20m/7-2½) and the distance medley relay team (9:51.67). Maintaining national-leading marks are Kimar Farquharson in the 600 meters (1:17.65), Thomas Nieto in the pole vault (5.04m/16-6½) and the 4×400 relay team (3:08.88), although Nieto actually increased his best for the second-straight meet. Farquharson, who anchors the 4×400 team and runs the 800 leg on the DMR, is one of a pair of SPC athletes with top-5 marks as he’s also No. 2 in the 800 at 1:51.33. Chris Robinson, who leads off the 4×400 team, also has two top-5 efforts, rating No. 2 in the 400 (47.22) and 600 (1:18.47). Two more Texans are No. 2 – Justin Guy in the 60 hurdles (7.91) and Nelvin Appiah-Konadu in the heptathlon (4717). Davyon Williams completes a 1-3 SPC combination in the high jump at 2.07m/6-9½.
Iowa Western CC remains at No. 2 after increasing its tally of top-10 marks by three to 20. The Reivers also own eight top-5 efforts, led by Yonas Mogos with the national lead in the 1000 (2:25.60). Mogos is also No. 3 in the mile (4:10.03) and anchors the country’s No. 2 distance medley foursome (9:59.41).
Indian Hills (Iowa) CC is back at No. 3, where it began the year. The Warriors increased its total of top-10 marks to 17 and own the second-most top-5 positions with nine. Rivaldo Marshall leads Indian Hills with three top-3 marks – No. 2 in the 1000 at 2:27.92 and twice No. 3 (600 at 1:18.56 and 800 at 1:51.53). Marshall is also part of the nation’s top-rated 4×800 relay team (7:40.51).
Iowa Central CC drops down a spot to No. 4. The Tritons have 10 top-10 marks and lead the nation in two events – triple jump with current National Athlete of the Week Martin Lamou (16.33m/53-7) and heptathlon with Aries Scott (4855). Iowa Central also adds the No. 3 triple jumper in Roman Kuleshov (15.41m/50-6 ¾) and the No. 2-rated 4×800 team (7:45.14).
Holding steady at No. 5 is Butler (Kan.) CC with eight top-5 marks. Caleb Jackson leads the nation in the 60 at 6.58, while two Grizzlies in that event’s top-5 are also ranked high elsewhere – Morgan Jamison (No. 4 in the 60 at 6.67, No. 3 in the 400 at 47.50) and Jerod Elcock (No. 5 in the 60 at 6.71, No. 5 in the 400 at 47.95). Butler also has the nation’s No. 2 4×400 team at 3:13.71.
Finishing the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Barton (Kan.) CC, No. 7 New Mexico JC, No. 8 Cloud County (Kan.) CC, No. 9 Coffeyville (Kan.) CC and No. 10 Northwest Kansas Tech.
Just three weeks away is the NJCAA Indoor Championships, scheduled for March 4-5 at Pittsburg State’s Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.