2020 NCAA DII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – The newest edition of the NCAA Division II Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index that was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday afternoon has a new look thanks to a big weekend of competition.
Lincoln (Mo.) is the newest No. 1 team, dethroning Tiffin and moving them back to No. 2. The rise of Colorado School of Mines to No. 3 bumped No. 4 Ashland and No. 5 American International down one spot each.
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The Blue Tigers are back atop the national rankings for the first time since 2012. With numerous top-5 performances in the sprints and jumps, Lincoln (Mo.) got a big boost from Carlon Hosten, who improved his season best to 6.71 in the 60 to move into third on the national performance list. He also owns the seventh-fastest 200 of the year.
The Orediggers saw some strong performances that fair well on the national level. Luc Hagen and Dylan Ko turned in the No. 1 and No. 7 times in the mile, respectively, at the Mines Winter Classic Invitational. In the pole vault, Connor McLean vaulted the second-best clearance of the year at 16’-11.5”, while their DMR has the sixth-best time.
Angelo State jumped 12 spots from No. 20 to No. 8 this week. The Rams continued to post strong performances in the field events. Trpimir Siroki’s season debut in the heptathlon at the Texas Tech Invitationalsaw him post the No. 6 score all-time with 5,596 points, and currently ranks second on the NCAA DII performance list. Siroki’s long jump is also good for No. 4 on the year. Decio Andrade also turned in the fourth-best mark in the weight throw at the Pittsburg State Invitational.
Achieving season best rankings are No. 13 Findlay and No. 17 Shippensburg after seeing strong performances at their respective competitions. The Oilers moved up three spots after Xavier Marable improved upon his seasonal best in the 400 and Martin Etsey posted the fourth-farthest triple jump. The Raiders were paced by Aaron Arp and Charles Bowman, both clocking 7.99 in the 60 Hurdles at the Penn State National Open. The duo was also part of the 4×400 relay that is ranked No. 6.
No. 16 Western Oregon and No. 24 Emporia State made the largest jumps to enter the top-25 for the first time this season. Derek Holdsworth became the national leader in the 800 with a time of 1:47.74, while being a member of the No. 4 ranked DMR at 9:52.02 – both achieved at the UW Invitational. The Hornets had strong nationally ranked performances in the 200 from Taysean Goodwin and the 4×400 relay, as both are currently sitting at No. 5 in their respective events for the season.
Joining the top-25 for the first time this season is No. 24 Saginaw Valley State with a four spot improvement from No. 27. The Cardinals have Noah Vanderveen as the fourth-best high jumper this season, and Sam Black turned in the No. 6 score in the heptathlon at the Power 5 Invitational.
Be sure to continue checking back at the National Rating Index each Tuesday to see how the list evolves ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 13-14 in Birmingham, Alabama.