2022 NCAA DII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1

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Here is the first installment of the 2022 NCAA Division II Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. Only marks from the current season are being used, which gives a comprehensive, objective look at which teams have stood out in the early goings.

NCAA Division II — Men's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Grand Valley State
West Texas A&M
CSU Pueblo
Texas A&M-Commerce
Pittsburg State
1
Grand Valley State
2
West Texas A&M
3
CSU Pueblo
4
Texas A&M-Commerce
5
Pittsburg State
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Defending champion Grand Valley State will debut the season at No. 1. The Lakers came out swinging the first few weeks of the season as they hauled in 16 national top-10 marks across 12 different events. Two of Grand Valley State’s athletes top the Descending Order List: Caleb Futter in the steeplechase (8:49.16); Isaac Harding in the 10,000 (28:25.98) to become the No. 9 performer in DII history. Other top-5 performers for Grand Valley State are Jackson Blanchard in the 400H (No. 2), Tanner Chada in the 10,000 (No. 3), Myles Kerner in the shot put (No. 4) and Hunter Harding in the hammer throw (No. 2). The Lakers also have a pair of highly-ranked relays.

West Texas A&M finds itself at No. 2 to begin the season. The Buffs have 12 national top-10 marks, including four national leaders. No one has been better than Benjamin Azamati, who clocked the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history in the 100 meters of 9.90 at the Texas Relays, also shattering his own NCAA DII record. Bassem Hemeida is also the national leader in the 400H at 51.46, while the Buffs’ 4×100 and 4×400 relays hold the nation’s quickest times.

CSU Pueblo is ranked No. 3 in Week 1. The Thunder Wolves have 11 national top-10 marks, including two national leaders in Reece Sharman-Newell in the 800 (1:46.59c/1:47.16A) and Justin Jenks in the shot put (19.18m/62-11¼). Sharman-Newell is one of three athletes ranked among the top-10 in the 800, alongside Kaleb Tipton at No. 6 and Nathan Hood at No. 9. Sharman-Newell is also ranked second in the 1500. In the shot put, Nathaniel Miller is ranked No. 2 to give the Thunder Wolves a sweep of the top-2 spots, while Tyrell Smith has a trio of top-10 performances in the 400 (No. 5), 200 (No. 6) and 100 (No. 10).

Texas A&M-Commerce will start the season at No. 4. The Lions may only have eight national top-10 marks, but they come with some punch. Two of those efforts are national-leading performances from Ushan Perea in the high jump (2.27m/7-5¼) and Elmar Schutte in the pole vault (5.35m/17-6½). The Lions hold five additional marks on the Descending Order List that sit among the top-5 in their respective events, including two in the 100 and the second-ranked 4×100 relay.

Pittsburg State rounds out the top-5 in Week 1. The Gorillas have nine national top-10 marks, including a pair of national leading performances from Louis Rollins in the 110H (13.85w) and Mason Strader in the 1500 (3:42.55c/3:47.33A). You’ll also find Strader ranked fourth in the 800. No athlete on the team has more top-10 marks than Konner Swenson, who is ranked in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 UC-Colorado Springs, No. 7 Lee (Tenn.), No. 8 Harding, No. 9 Adams State and No. 10 Southern Connecticut.

Mark your calendars for May 26-28, because that’s when the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan!

NCAA Division II
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2022 Week #1 - March 29th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegionCHANGE
1grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE280.74GLIAC (1)Midwest◀▶
(LW: 1)
2west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M234.57Lone Star (1)South Central◀▶
(LW: 2)
3csu-puebloCSU PUEBLO177.33RMAC (10)South CentralNR
4texas-am-commerceTEXAS A&M-COMMERCE151.21Lone Star (2)South Central▲3
(LW: 7)
5pittsburg-statePITTSBURG STATE138.81MIAA (1)Central▼1
(LW: 4)
6uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS131.16RMAC (1)South Central▲16
(LW: 22)
7lee-tennLEE (TENN.)120.00GSC (2)South▲15
(LW: 22)
8hardingHARDING115.55GAC (1)Central▲45
(LW: 53)
9adams-stateADAMS STATE110.90RMAC (4)South Central▲6
(LW: 15)
10southern-connecticutSOUTHERN CONNECTICUT104.65Northeast-10 (1)East◀▶
(LW: 10)
11cal-poly-pomonaCAL POLY POMONA100.16CCAA (1)WestNR
12azusa-pacificAZUSA PACIFIC94.84PacWest (1)West▲23
(LW: 35)
13central-missouriCENTRAL MISSOURI91.35MIAA (4)Central▼2
(LW: 11)
14alabama-huntsvilleALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE83.43GSC (1)South▲27
(LW: 41)
15angelo-stateANGELO STATE80.94Lone Star (3)South Central▼12
(LW: 3)
16lincoln-moLINCOLN (MO.)73.72MIAA (3)Central▲5
(LW: 21)
17mount-oliveMOUNT OLIVE69.82Conference Carolinas (1)SoutheastNR
18fort-hays-stateFORT HAYS STATE63.74MIAA (5)Central▼1
(LW: 17)
19limestoneLIMESTONE56.17SAC (5)Southeast▼5
(LW: 14)
20chadron-stateCHADRON STATE55.66RMAC (3)South Central▲16
(LW: 36)
21fresno-pacificFRESNO PACIFIC54.67PacWest (2)WestNR
22academy-of-artACADEMY OF ART53.80PacWest (3)West▼5
(LW: 17)
23queens-n-cQUEENS (N.C.)51.71SAC (1)Southeast▲7
(LW: 30)
24wingateWINGATE49.62SAC (2)SoutheastNR
25colo-school-of-minesCOLO. SCHOOL OF MINES49.07RMAC (2)South Central▼19
(LW: 6)


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7Week #8Week #9FINAL
Pittsburg State5534454441
West Texas A&M2211111112
Grand Valley State1142222223
Texas A&M-Commerce4323333334
Ashland302319111210119125
Adams State9465545556
Lincoln (Mo.)1619141714207776
Missouri Southern49161091114810106
Colo. School of Mines258810779899
Central Missouri1310566666610
Academy of Art22242225251620171610
Carson-Newman31422323271817201912
UC-Colorado Springs611989812151413
Alabama-Huntsville14202129212428222014
Southern Connecticut1014171416172111815
CSU Pueblo36778910121115
Angelo State1571113101113161315
Harding8151619202729252415
Davenport (Mich.)432935302923262719
Lane909497817519
Lindenwood27291822242325282821
American International9610556616243312921
Neb.-Kearney32182021192127292623
Northwest Missouri26252727282831333323
Northern State353233353638373823
Azusa Pacific12212420231316141526
Augustana (S.D.)1054126262519212126
Simon Fraser63222624222626272229
Queens (N.C.)2391215151214131834
Limestone19323650525940363534
Fort Hays State18131516182222242539
Mount Olive17273149384036424144
Cal Poly Pomona11172528293032353449
Washburn107303018171918191752
Fresno Pacific21394044454345504952
Minnesota State972834363638242323
Chadron State203145374445505352
Wingate243433464956526157
Lee (Tenn.)71213121315151859

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field

2022 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConference TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
Week 1Tue 3/29
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Mon 3/28
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Week 2Tue 4/5
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Mon 4/4
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Mon 4/4
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Week 3Tue 4/12
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Mon 4/11
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Week 4Tue 4/19
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Mon 4/18
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Mon 4/18
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Week 5Tue 4/26
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Mon 4/25
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Week 6Tue 5/3
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Mon 5/2
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Week 7Tue 5/10
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Mon 5/9
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Week 8Tue 5/17
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Mon 5/16
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Mon 5/16
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Mon 5/16
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Week 9Mon 5/23
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FINAL ResultsSun 5/29
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