2020 NCAA DI Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – There was some movement within the top-10 of the newest 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, as teams gear up for a big weekend of Conference Championships.
While the top-7 remained steady, Nos. 8-10 are new faces with two of them making their first appearances back in the top-10 since 2012.
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LSU continued to have a strong hold on the No. 1 spot and boast ten top-10 marks in their respective events. The Tiger duo of Tonea Marshall (No. 1) and Alia Armstrong (No. 2) continue to lead the country in the 60 Hurdles, while Abigail O’Donoghue and Themla Davies are ranked second in the high jump and 200, respectively.
For No. 2 Georgia, the Bulldogs have 8 top-10 marks. Jasmine Moore has a pair of top-5 marks herself, as she is ranked No. 1 in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump. Amber Tanner is ranked second in the 800, while Anna Hall has the third best clearance in the high jump.
No. 3 Arkansas, No. 4 Southern California, No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 6 Kentucky and No. 7 Oregon remained steady for a second consecutive week, and continue to chase LSU and Georgia in the national rankings.
Stanford improved its top-10 position from a week ago by improving two spots to No. 8. The Cardinal continue to have the second-fastest DMR of the indoor season. Ella Donaghu is ranked in the mile (No. 6) and the 3000 (No. 4), while teammate Julia Heymach is ranked just ahead of Donaghu in the mile with the fifth-fastest time.
No. 9 BYU climbed into the top-10 for their best rankings since 2012. The Cougars are carried by the strength of Bowerman Watch List athlete Whittni Orton. She has the national leading time in the 3000 at 8:49.63, ranked second in the mile, and fourth in the 5000. Orton is also a crucial leg in the country’s fastest Distance Medley Relay.
Washington is up to No. 10 for its season-best ranking, and also its best billing since 2012. Olivia Gruver stands atop the pole vault Descending Order List with the top clearance of 4.70m (15-5) and Carley Thomas is ranked No. 3 in the 800. Thomas is also part of the Distance Medley Relay with the third-best time on the year.
There was one new addition to the top-25, as Notre Dame climbed 13 spots form No. 38 to No. 25. The Fighting Irish are riding the strength of its weight throwers, as Rachel Tanczos and Abbey Kapitan are now ranked No. 1 and No. 5 nationally in the event after their performances at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Tanczos took over the collegiate lead with a heave of 23.31m (76-5 ¾).
Check back next week to see how the National Rating Index will change after Conference Championship Weekend as we move closer to the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 13-14.