2019 NCAA DI Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – The top of the rankings have been dominated by one program so far this season and that didn’t change in the latest edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.
But just because the top of the charts might have stayed the same doesn’t mean there wasn’t movement to be had by other programs. Nineteen of the top-25 teams experienced some type of change from the previous ratings.
Expect more changes to come as we gear up for for conference championships across the country this weekend! It should also be noted that the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships are just around the corner on March 8-9 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.
TFRI scored by USTFCCCA region
NEW! TFRI scored by conference
For the sixth week in a row, the No. 1 spot in the nation belongs to Arkansas. The Razorbacks had athletes at both the Arkansas Qualifier and the JDL DMR Invitational this past weekend.
Standout performances went to the squad’s DMR which is now fifth overall in the country and Kethlin Campbell who slots in at 11th overall in the 400.
It is the most consecutive weeks spent in the top spot by Arkansas during a single season. The overall program record is eight consecutive weeks that was achieved between the end of the 2015 and the beginning of the 2016 seasons.
The last time a program started the year off in the No. 1 spot for this many weeks was Oregon in 2017. The indoor season ended with a national championship for the Ducks.
Slotting in behind Arkansas at No. 2 was Southern California.
The Trojans had a select group of athletes compete at the Texas Tech Matador Qualifier over the weekend. Standouts included Anglerne Annelus (now third in the country in the 200), Lanae-Tava Thomas (now sixth in the 200) and Lauren Rain Williams (now seventh in the 200).
It is the fourth week in a row that USC has remained in the No. 2 spot.
Advancing one spot to No. 3 was Oregon.
The Women of Oregon were off from competition this past weekend as just a select group of male milers went to the UW Last Chance Meet. The team will return with the MPSF Championships that run February 22-23.
Falling a single spot to No. 4 was LSU.
The Tigers hosted its LSU Twilight Meet that featured Kortnei Johnson taking over the national lead in the 60 as she posted a new personal best of 7.14. Milan Young also ran the 20th-best time in the 60H.
Coming in at No. 5 after a two-spot improvement was New Mexico.
The Lobos were getting one last regular season meet in with the NAU Tune Up this past weekend. New Mexico had just three runners and five field athletes competing at the event. The full squad will be back with the Mountain West Championships on February 21-23.
The rating sets a new program best for the Lobos, who are appearing in the top-5 for the first time in school history.
The rest of the top-10 was rounded out by Kentucky, Florida, Penn State, Boise State and Ohio State. It was the best mark received in Boise State program history and also tied a school best for Ohio State (which was last achieved in 2012).
The biggest improvement out of the top-25 teams came from Wisconsin who shot up 10 spots to No. 14 after competing at the Alex Wilson Invitational and the Badger Red & White Classic. It is the best rating recorded by the program since 2016.
The largest gain overall belonged to two schools in Michigan as No. 95 Western Michigan shot up 45 spots while No. 30 Michigan saw a 44-spot improvement from their previous position.
Only four new programs joined the ratings after being unranked the previous week, the highest of which being No. 81 Illinois Chicago.
The next DI National Track & Field Rating Index will be released on Monday, February 18.