2020 NCAA DI Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – Conference Championship Weekend came with some changes to 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 Tuesday.
Nos. 2-5 continue to switch places in chase of No. 1 LSU, while there is one new addition to the top-10.
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The Tigers hold down the top spot for the third straight week, boasting eleven top-10 national marks across the sprints, hurdles, and jumps. Tonea Marshall continues to be the national leader in the 60 Hurdles with her mark of 7.86, and tied Brianna Rollins for the most times a female athlete has gone sub-7.90 seconds in the hurdles after winning the SEC title in 7.89. LSU added a 4×400 relay to the mix, clocking the No. 6 time in 3:31.23. In the pole vault, Lisa Gunnarsson landed the sixth-best clearance of the year on her way to claiming the SEC title.
Southern California climbed up two spots from No. 4 to No. 2 thanks to its 400 crew. The Women of Troy received outstanding efforts from the duo of Bailey Lear and Kaelin Roberts as they ran the No. 1 and No. 3 times in the 400 this year at the MPSF Championships. Lear and Roberts teamed up with Kyra Constantine and Anna Cockrell to clock the third-fastest 4×400 relay of 3:29.92, also at MPSF.
Also climbing two spots this week to return to No. 3 is Texas A&M. The Aggies had two top-3 performances turned in by Tyra Gittens from the SEC Championships, which includes the nation’s top-ranked pentathlon score and the third-best clearance in the high jump.
A two-spot bump by Southern California and Texas A&M resulted in No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Arkansas moving down two spots each from their respective placements a week ago. Kentucky remained steady at No. 6 for a third consecutive week, while No. 9 BYU also stayed put for the second week in a row.
Continuing its climb within the top-10 is Washington with a three-spot improvement to No. 7 this week thanks to a pair of top performers. Carley Thomas ran the No. 2 time in the 800 (2:02.75) at Boston University Last Chance and inched closer to the all-time collegiate freshman best, and Hannah Rusnak scored 4190 points in the pentathlon to put her at No. 6 on the Descending Order List.
Texas is a new face in the top-10 this week, moving up two spots from No. 12 a week ago. Kennedy Simon ran the second-fastest 400 of the year and was a member of the 4×400 relay that improved to No. 8 on the national list.
There were two new additions to the top-25: No. 14 Ohio State and No. 20 Florida State. The Buckeyes earned a boost from Adelaide Aquilla, who moved to No. 3 on the Descending Order List from her performance at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. The Seminoles were leveraged by a strong double from Ka’Tia Seymour at the ACC Championships, moving herself to No. 3 in the 60 and No. 6 in the 200 on the national scene.
Check back next week for the Pre-Championships Edition of the National Rating Index ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, set for next Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque, New Mexico.