2022 NJCAA DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – Spring has sprung, and so has the outdoor version of the NJCAA Women’s National Track & Field Rating Index, which was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The first edition finds a virtual tie at the top. No marks from previous seasons have been used as this objective list is compiled solely of current marks from the 2022 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
NJCAA Division I — Women's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
New Mexico JC
Barton (Kan.) CC
Iowa Western CC
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
South Plains (Texas)
All TFRI Reports
New Mexico JC starts off the outdoor season at No. 1, as the T-Birds have a nation-leading 23 performances in the top-10. One of those is from Kimeone McLeod, who tops the 100-meter hurdles at 13.89, just ahead of teammate Ese Awusa (13.93). Also No. 2 for NMJC is Damaris Chewon in the 1500 meters (4:50.61).
Less than one point behind in the TFRI is No. 2 Barton (Kan.) CC. The Cougars own 20 marks in the top-10, with two national leaders – Lashanna Graham in the 400-meter hurdles at 60.92 and Kelsie Murrell-Ross in shot put at 15.54m (51-0). Nia Robinson is No. 2 in both the long jump (6.19m/20-3¾) and triple jump (12.60m/41-4¼).
The remaining top-5 rated teams are all close to the leaders.
No. 3 Iowa Western CC, champions from the NJCAA Indoor Championships, lead the nation in five events, with Hilda Chebet contributing a pair of No. 1s (1500 at 4:30.19, 5000 at 17:08.71). Also leading their respective events are Nickisha Pryce (400 at 53.68), Miracle Ailes (high jump at 1.80m/5-10¾) and Victory George (triple jump at 12.86m/42-2¼). The Reivers, who have 16 top-10 marks, also have a two at No. 2 – Pryce in the 200 (23.94) and Alliyah McNeil in high jump (1.78m/5-10).
Cloud County (Kan.) CC is No. 4 and has 17 top-10 marks with five of them first or second. The T-Birds have national leads in the steeplechase (Ludjenie Mondesir, 11:43.00), javelin (Hollie Stewart, 39.71m/130-4) and 4×800 relay (9:22.84). Cloud County has No. 2 marks in the 400 (Vimbayi Maisvorewa, 53.86) and steeple (Melody Ochanna, 11:46.64).
Defending team champion South Plains (Texas) is No. 5, also with 17 top-10 marks with three leaders and three at No. 2. Joniar Thomas leads the long jump at 6.32m/20-9, and the Texans pace the 4×100 (45.74) and 4×400 (3:41.67) relays. Adding No. 2 marks in the ratings are Success Umukoro in the 100 (11.79w), Shenell Tucker in the 400 hurdles (61.14) and Kimola Hines in discus (46.33m/152-0).
Completing the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Central Arizona, No. 7 Mesa (Ariz.) CC, No. 8 Indian Hills (Iowa) CC, No. 9 Fort Scott (Kan.) CC and No. 10 Highland (Kan.) CC.
All teams have the target dates of May 19-21, which is when the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC’s Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson, Kansas.