2022 NJCAA DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – A new No. 1 program emerges as Barton (Kan.) CC leads the Week 3 edition of the 2022 NJCAA Women’s Outdoor National Track & Field Rating Index, which was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
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
Barton (Kan.) CC
Iowa Western CC
New Mexico JC
South Plains (Texas)
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
All TFRI Reports
Barton (Kan.) CC is No. 1 for the first time since the final 2019 ratings. The Cougars lead the nation with 25 top-10 marks, of which an impressive 18 are in the top-5. Barton has two national leaders in Lashanna Graham (59.14 in the 400 hurdles) and Kelsie Murrell-Ross (15.54m/51-0 in the shot put).
Remaining No. 2 is Iowa Western CC, winner of the NJCAA Indoor Championships in March. The Reivers have 20 top-10 marks, with an amazing six of them being national leaders. Hilda Chebet paces the nation in two events (1500 at 4:30.19, 5000 at 16:42.91). Also leading their respective events are Tirecia Walcott in the 100 (11.48), Nickisha Pryce in the 400 (53.68), Miracle Ailes in the high jump (1.81m/5-11¼) and Victory George in the triple jump (12.86m/42-2¼).
New Mexico JC is No. 3 after leading the ratings the first two weeks as the top-3 are closely bunched point-wise. The T-Birds actually increased their number of top-10 performances from 23 to 26 – most in the nation – including Deshana Skeete, who tops the 200 list at 23.56.
Defending champion South Plains (Texas) remains No. 4. The Texans have 18 top-10 marks and three national leaders – two by Joniar Thomas (long jump at 6.32m/20-9 and heptathlon at 5256) along with the 4×400 relay (3:41.67).
No. 5 continues to be Cloud County (Kan.) CC, which raised its number of top-10 marks to 17. The T-Birds also increased its number of national leaders to three – Vimbayi Maisvorewa (400, 53.68), Lucy Ndungu (10,000, 37:29.44) and the 4×800 relay team (9:22.84).
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 Iowa Central CC and No. 10 Hinds (Miss.) CC.
Everyone has 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.