2022 NJCAA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – Iowa Western CC moved into a clear lead in the Week 5 NJCAA Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Track & Field Ratings Index (TFRI), as 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 — Women's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Iowa Western CC
New Mexico JC
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
Barton (Kan.) CC
South Plains (Texas)
All TFRI Reports
After two weeks with small margins over No. 2 New Mexico JC, Iowa Western now owns a margin of more than 100 points as the top three positions remained the same.
Iowa Western CC won the Region XI Championships team crown and in so doing improved its number of top-10 marks from 25 to 31. The Reivers still lead six events nationally, with Hilda Chebet now owning three top marks – mile (4:51.81), 3000 (10:07.56) and 5000 (17:08.51); she also is No. 2 in the 1000 (2:51.93). Chebet’s 3000 time came in winning the Region XI Championships, as did the other three nation-leading marks from the Reivers – Miracle Ailes in the high jump (1.80m/5-10 ¾), Victory George in the triple jump (12.68m/41-7 ¼) and Antonia Sealy in the pentathlon (3403). Iowa Western also saw three more Region XI come from current National Athlete of the Week Nickisha Pryce – 400 (where she rates No. 2 nationally at 54.86), 200 (No. 3 at 24.19) and as anchor on the 4×400 relay (No. 2 3:43.96); Pryce is also No. 5 in the 600. Three more athletes add a No. 2 rating among a pair top-5 marks – Terresha Walcott (60 at 7.49, plus No. 4 in the 200 at 24.38), Mercy Biwott (3000 at 10:13.92, plus No. 3 in the 5000 at 17:54.46) and Alliyah McNeil (high jump at 1.78m/5-10, plus No. 4 in the long jump at 6.04m/19-9¾).
New Mexico JC remains No. 2 after a light week of competition. The T-Birds still have 28 marks in the top-10, with 16 of those in the top-5. Simeone McLeod leads the nation in the 60 hurdles (8.37), with Ewe Awusa (8.45) finishing a strong 1-2 combination. The T-Birds have three athletes with multiple top-5 marks, led by Aaliyah Lindsey with four – No. 3 in the pentathlon (3144), No. 4 in the triple jump (11.85m/38-10½) and No. 5 in both the high jump (1.67m/5-5¾) and long jump (5.95m/19-6¼). Damaris Chewon has three top-5 marks, led by a No. 2 in the 5000 (17:19.11); she also is No. 3 in the 3000 (10:18.10) and No. 5 in the mile (5:10.21). Deshana Skeete is No. 2 in the 200 at 24.18 and No. 5 in the 400 at 55.41. The T-Birds also rate No. 2 in the 4×800 (9:29.67).
Cloud County (Kan.) CC is No. 3 for the fourth week in a row. The T-Birds have 17 top-10 marks, led by new No. 1 in the 400, Vimbayi Maisvorewa (54.65 to win the Region VI Championships). Cloud County is also tops in the 4×800 (9:22.84), and two more Region VI champions moved to No. 2 in the ratings – Pamela Milano in the 600 (1:33.34) and Vanessa Mercera in the pentathlon (3218).
Barton (Kan.) CC is No. 4 for the first time since Week 2. Among the Cougars’ 14 top-10 marks are two national leaders – Kelsie Murrell-Ross in the shot put (15.04m/49-0¼) and the 4×400 team (3:42.51). Nia Robinson won three events at the Region VI Championships and rates top-5 nationally in all of them – No. 2 in the long jump (6.17m/20-3) and triple jump (12.41m/40-8¾) as well as No. 5 in the high jump (1.67m/5-5¾).
South Plains (Texas) dropped one spot to No. 5. Even after a light week competitively, the Texans improved its number of top-10 marks to 17. SPC is led by long jump national leader Joniar Thomas (6.21m/20-4½). Two athletes rate No. 3 – Success Umukoro in the 60 (7.53) and TaraLee McKarns in the pole vault (3.35m/10-11¾).
Completing the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Iowa Central CC, No. 7 Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.), No. 8 Indian Hills (Iowa) CC, No. 9 Highland (Kan.) CC and No. 10 Southern Idaho.
Only one week away is the NJCAA Indoor Championships, scheduled for March 4-5 at Pittsburg State’s Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.