2020 NCAA DII Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – The first few conference championships of the indoor season shook up the latest edition of the NCAA Division II Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.
The top-3 remained steady, while Nos. 4-5 have changed and new teams make up the top-10 as more teams prepare for their respective conference championships.
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For the sixth consecutive week, Grand Valley State held down the No. 1 spot by a large margin. Missouri Southern remained at No. 2 for the second straight week, while Northwest Missouri maintains its No. 3 ranking for the fifth consecutive week.
The Lakers continue to hold its top spot by a large margin – and rightfully so. They will enter the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships with 16 top-10 national marks, including three of the top performers in NCAA Division II in Nicole Sreenan (400), Allie Ludge (3000) and Bobbie Goodwin (weight throw).
West Texas A&M improved four spots to No. 4 following their Lone Star Conference Championship. The Buffs own three national leading marks between Fatim Affessi (long jump, triple jump) and Zada Swoopes (shot put). Affessi pushed her national leading mark the triple jump to 12.94m (42-5 ½), while teammate Miriam Zanovello landed the sixth-farthest triple jump of the year for an improved provisional mark.
The Buffs improvement dropped Lincoln (Mo.) and Adams State to No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
Two teams are making their first appearance in the top-10 for seasonal best rankings: No. 8 U-Mary and No. 10 Angelo State are making their season debuts in the top-10.
U-Mary improved eight spots from No. 16 to No. 8 after the Marauders quarter of Taylor Hestekin, Chriss-Ann Thomas, Elizabeth Acheson and Ida Narbuvoll clocked the Division II leader in the Distance Medley Relay. Narbuvoll is also the divisional leader in the 5000 and ranked fifth in the mile.
Angelo State jumped 19 spots from No. 29 to No. 10 for the second largest jump out of the top-25 teams. The Rams posted three top-5 national marks in their respective events at the Lone Star Indoor Championships this past weekend: Karlea Duhon posted the second-best score in the pentathlon with 3,773 points, Trenadey Scott is ranked third in the triple jump, and Daisy Osakue is fourth in the shot put.
There are three new faces to this week’s national rankings: No. 19 Saint Augustine’s, No. 20 Fayetteville State and No. 23 Central Missouri.
The Falcons made the largest jump in the top-25, soaring 33 spots from No. 52 a week ago. The 4×400 relay of Jaria Hoyte, Danielle Scantlebury, Davia Smith and Shannon Kalawan clocked a time of 3:39.39 for the second-fastest performance in Division II history. That time is just shy of the 23-year old divisional record of 3:39.24 set by Lincoln (Mo.). Kalawan also ran the fourth-fastest time in the 400 over the weekend.
Fayetteville State, the CIAA Champions, had two big performances in the sprints to improve their positioning by 17 spots from No. 37. The Broncos’ 4×400 relay ran the second-fastest time in DII this year at the USC Indoor Open to finish third behind Saint Augustine’s, while Jerinique Brooks clocked the third-best time in the 200 at the CIAA Indoor Championships a few days earlier.
Central Missouri reenters the top-25 due to a three-spot improvement from No. 26. Cassie Jennings improved her NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.05m (13-3 12) to improve to No. 4 on the Descending Order list. Ashlan Burton continues to stand strong at No. 3 in the shot put.
Be sure to check back next Tuesday at the National Rating Index following Conference Championship Weekend to see how the list evolved ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama on March 13-14.