2022 NJCAA DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – Iowa Western CC opened up its largest lead of a tight season in the 2022 NJCAA Women’s Outdoor National Track & Field Rating Index, with the Week 7 (and final) edition being released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Only marks from the 2022 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons have been used in this objective compilation.
The top-3 all season long has been – in some order – Iowa Western CC, Barton (Kan.) CC and New Mexico JC, with each being No. 1 at least once. The entire top-5 has been similarly static, with Cloud County (Kan.) CC and South Plains (Texas) trading the No. 4 and 5 positions all season.
There will be no TFRI next week as the ratings will be replaced with head-to-head action courtesy of the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled May 19-21 at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC’s Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson, Kansas.
NJCAA Division I — Women's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Iowa Western CC
Barton (Kan.) CC
New Mexico JC
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
South Plains (Texas)
All TFRI Reports
No. 1 for a fourth-straight week, Iowa Western CC won the Region XI Championships last weekend. The Reivers – who won the NJCAA Indoor Championships in March – have 27 top-10 marks, the most by any women’s program all season. Iowa Western has seven top-2 marks with three leading the nation – Hilda Chebet in the 1500 (4:30.19) and 5000 (16:07.4) along with Miracle Ailes in the high jump (1.85/6-0¾).
Returning at No. 2 is Barton (Kan.) CC. The Cougars lead the most events – five – among its 26 top-10 marks. Current National Athlete of the Week Nia Robinson tops two events, the long jump (6.40mw/21-0w) and triple jump (12.87mw/42-2¾w). Also leading the nation are Ashantae Harvey in the 400 (53.15), Lashanna Graham in the 400 hurdles (58.41) and Kelsie Murrell-Ross in the shot put (16.00m/52-6).
New Mexico JC is No. 3 after a week of no competition. The T-Birds have 22 top-10 marks with eight in the top-5. Four of those are among the top-2, led by national 10,000 leader Damaris Chewon (36:33.60).
Winners of last weekend’s Region VI Championships, Cloud County (Kan.) CC is back at No. 4 for the first time since Week 1. The T-Birds have a season-high 19 top-10 marks, with three leading the nation – Miracle Thompson in the 100 hurdles (13.22w), Jessi Brummett in the javelin (43.70m/143-5) and the 4×800 relay team (9:13.57).
Defending champion South Plains (Texas) is No. 5 after a week off. The Texans have 18 top-10 marks, with 12 among the top-5. Five of those marks are among the top-2, including three national leaders – Joniar Thomas in the heptathlon (5256) along with 4×100 (45.36) and 4×400 (3:41.67) relay teams.
Rounding out the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Central Arizona, No. 7 Butler (Kan.) CC, No. 8 Mesa (Ariz.) CC, No. 9 Iowa Central CC and No. 10 Indian Hills (Iowa) CC. Butler entered the top-10 for the first time this season, improving 11 spots from last week.