2020 NCAA DI Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – Would you believe us if we told you that the top-10 of the NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index barely changed, even after one of the biggest weekends of the regular season to date?
What if we showed you the most recent index that was released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)?
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The top-5, which you can see above, consists of No. 1 Florida State, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Southern California and No. 5 Texas A&M. Behind them sit the likes of No. 6 Indiana and No. 7 Florida, both of whom remained in their spots from the previous week.
Iowa State improved two spots to a program-record No. 8 following the effort of Edwin Kurgat, their standout distance runner. Kurgat competed at the NYRR Millrose Games this past weekend and clocked the fifth fastest time in the nation over 3000 meters at 7:49.19.
Northern Arizona cracked the top-10 for the first time in program history, large in part to what Geordie Beamish did this past weekend at the NYRR Millrose Games. Beamish hit a huge PR in the mile of 3:56.90 and moved up to No. 4 on the Descending Order List behind Joe Klecker of Colorado, Oliver Hoare of Wisconsin and Carlos Villarreal of Arizona.
Kentucky jumped two spots to No. 13 following strong efforts at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic this past weekend. Standout freshman Langston Jackson led the way for the Wildcats as he clocked the nation’s second fastest mark over 200 meters (20.65 converted) and the fifth fastest mark over 60 meters (6.60 converted).
Iowa was the Biggest Mover of the Week in the top-25 as it soared from No. 28 to a program record-tying No. 14. The Hawkeyes, who were ranked 14th in the nation back on Week 4 of the 2011 season, received national top-5 marks from Wayne Lawrence, Jr. in the 400, Jaylan McConico in the 60 Hurdles and their 4×400 relay team. Don’t let us forget that Will Daniels, who transferred to Iowa from NCAA Division III Central (Iowa) posted the nation’s seventh best score in the heptathlon this season.
South Carolina improved its ranking five spots since Week 2, coming in at No. 15. The Gamecocks were led this past weekend by Stephon Torrence, who matched the ninth fastest time in the nation this season in the 60 Hurdles at 7.73.
This is the final week that the National Rating Index will be calculated using both current season and preseason marks. After this week, we’ll drop the preseason marks now that we have enough data from the current season. So expect some big changes in Week 4.
And be sure to keep checking back in throughout the season as we near the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 13-14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.