2022 NCAA DI Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7

NEW ORLEANS – It’s finally here!

Here is the Pre-Championships Edition of the NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index for the 2022 season, as released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Let this serve as a team preview for the 2022 NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships, which take place THIS WEEKEND in Birmingham, Alabama.

NCAA Division I — Men's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Arkansas
Georgia
Texas Tech
Oregon
North Carolina A&T
1
Arkansas
2
Georgia
3
Texas Tech
4
Oregon
5
North Carolina A&T
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There is a virtual tie at the top of the rankings, as top-ranked Arkansas and second-ranked Georgia are separated by just 0.31 points. Anything less than one ranking point is considered too-close-to-call by the National TFRI, as both teams have a viable claim to the top spot based on their efforts throughout the season and the entries they bring to the NCAA Championships.

The Razorbacks, who are looking for their 21st national title in program history and first since 2013, hauled in a gender-high 11 entries to the meet, spanning nine different events. Five of those entries feature athletes who are ranked among the top-5 seasonal performers, including national-leader Ayden Owens in the heptathlon (Owens is also one of the best in collegiate history with his 6272-point total). Arkansas will also see fourth-ranked Amon Kemboi in the 3000, the fourth-ranked 4×400 relay team and fifth-ranked John Baker (long jump) and Kieran Taylor (800) compete during the course of the two-day meet, among others.

The Bulldogs might only have six entries to the NCAA Championships, but there is some bite with that smaller bark. Five of those six entries reside in the top-5 of their respective seasonal chart, including two national-leading efforts from Matthew Boling in the 200 and long jump (as well as a top-10 mark in the 60). Kyle Garland will be a factor in the heptathlon, while Elija Godwin could provide Georgia with big points in the 400 and as part of the 4×400 relay. The Bulldogs have yet to win an indoor national title in program history.

Texas Tech matched Arkansas with a gender-high 11 entries. The third-ranked Red Raiders feature eight top-10 seasonal performers, including Terrence Jones, who equaled the collegiate record in the 60 earlier this season at the Corky Classic, but hasn’t competed in the event since. Moad Zahafi is the only other Texas Tech athlete ranked among the top-5 seasonal performers with his second-ranked 1:46.29A/1:45.99c effort in the 800. The Red Raiders should be in the running for the national title, if not their first podium finish in program history.

Defending champion Oregon is ranked fourth and bolstered its position two weeks ago thanks to the sterling efforts of Reed Brown and Jack Yearian at the BU Last Chance Meet. Brown and Yearian gave the Ducks a pair of late qualifiers in the mile and both rank among the top-6 seasonal performers. Defending individual champions Micah Williams (60) and Emmanuel Ihmeje (triple jump) are both ranked second nationally, but always seem to raise their game at the NCAA Championships (Ihmeje, in particular, with his triple jump sweep last year).

North Carolina A&T rounds out the top-5 with eyes on a podium finish. Five of the Aggies’ seven entries are in either the sprints/hurdles and relays with four among the top-5 seasonal efforts: Randolph Ross is the national leader in the 400; Leonard Mustari and Rasheem Brown are both highly-ranked in the 60-meter hurdles; Javonte’ Harding is ranked third in the 200. Don’t count out North Carolina A&T in the 4×400 relay, either, especially after it swept the 2021 crowns.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in the Pre-Championships Edition with their entry totals in parenthesis: No. 6 Texas (10), No. 7 Florida (seven), No. 8 Alabama (seven), No. 9 Tennessee (eight) and No. 10 Florida State (five). Just because these teams are ranked outside of the top-5 doesn’t mean that they can’t shake up the meet and find their way on the podium.

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NCAA Division I
Men's Indoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2022 Week #7 - March 7th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegionCHANGE
1arkansasARKANSAS111.86SEC (1)South Central▲1
(LW: 2)
2georgiaGEORGIA111.55SEC (7)South▼1
(LW: 1)
3texas-techTEXAS TECH102.25Big 12 (2)Mountain▲2
(LW: 5)
4oregonOREGON96.05IndependentWest▲2
(LW: 6)
5north-carolina-atNORTH CAROLINA A&T95.85Big SouthSoutheast▼2
(LW: 3)
6texasTEXAS95.29Big 12 (1)South Central▼2
(LW: 4)
7floridaFLORIDA84.51SEC (2)South◀▶
(LW: 7)
8alabamaALABAMA82.88SEC (3)South◀▶
(LW: 8)
9tennesseeTENNESSEE82.46SEC (6)South◀▶
(LW: 9)
10florida-stateFLORIDA STATE74.58ACC (2)South▲1
(LW: 11)
11kentuckyKENTUCKY71.85SEC (4)Southeast▲2
(LW: 13)
12ole-missOLE MISS67.07SEC (5)South▲4
(LW: 16)
13princetonPRINCETON64.86Ivy League (1)Mid-Atlantic▲1
(LW: 14)
14iowaIOWA63.81Big Ten (1)Midwest▲1
(LW: 15)
15notre-dameNOTRE DAME63.11ACC (5)Great Lakes▼5
(LW: 10)
16northern-arizonaNORTHERN ARIZONA61.63Big Sky (1)Mountain▼4
(LW: 12)
17southern-californiaSOUTHERN CALIFORNIA50.82IndependentWest▲1
(LW: 18)
18texas-amTEXAS A&M47.69SEC (9)South Central▲1
(LW: 19)
19lsuLSU43.47SEC (8)South Central▲2
(LW: 21)
20stanfordSTANFORD43.34IndependentWest◀▶
(LW: 20)
21grand-canyonGRAND CANYON43.05WAC (1)West▲2
(LW: 23)
22nebraskaNEBRASKA42.12Big Ten (3)Midwest▲2
(LW: 24)
23clemsonCLEMSON42.02ACC (3)Southeast▼1
(LW: 22)
24washingtonWASHINGTON41.03IndependentWest▼7
(LW: 17)
25michigan-stateMICHIGAN STATE37.42Big Ten (8)Great Lakes◀▶
(LW: 25)


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7FINAL
Texas13133461
North Carolina A&T41212352
Tennessee1611101011993
Northern Arizona565111212164
Princeton897171514135
Texas A&M72116262519185
Arkansas5381251217
Georgia114424128
Oregon481318716649
Ole Miss3625281617161210
TCU10332172826312910
Stanford4927381928202012
Alabama1017141368813
Florida State1315201213111013
Arizona State1729192524343515
Wisconsin3123343637435215
Texas Tech323455317
Iowa910868151418
Southern California2514212920181718
Florida19799107720
Kentucky25689131121
Washington3720242314172421
Oklahoma7948513939383921
LSU3440332021211924
Nebraska1212111519242224
Missouri13218233029272624
Notre Dame152625147101528
Michigan State10833271818252528
BYU624263335282828
Indiana4028312427333128
Oklahoma State10516292740424241
Iowa State2235354730323247
Virginia Tech1442133432293447
Kansas State2134363541404147
Louisville2466765344454660
Virginia2357474949484960
Grand Canyon18192222222321
Clemson20223021232223
Miami (Fla.)29561532343636

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field

2022 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConference TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
Week 1Mon 1/24
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Mon 1/24
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Week 2Mon 1/31
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Mon 1/31
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Mon 1/31
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Week 3Mon 2/7
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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 4Mon 2/14
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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 5Mon 2/21
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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 6Tue 3/1
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Tue 3/1
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Tue 3/1
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Tue 3/1
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Week 7Mon 3/7
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Mon 3/7
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Mon 3/7
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Mon 3/7
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FINAL ResultsSat 3/12
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