2021 NCAA DII Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1

NEW ORLEANS – Welcome to the top, Azusa Pacific!

The Cougars will open up the season as the top-ranked team in the first installment of the NCAA Division II Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday afternoon. This is the first time in program history Azusa Pacific is ranked No. 1 team in the National TFRI.

Less than one point behind in the computer rankings is No. 2 Grand Valley State, followed by No. 3 West Texas A&M, No. 4 Lewis and No. 5 Harding. Lewis and Harding also set program-bests in the outdoor rankings.

NCAA Division II — Women's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Azusa Pacific
Grand Valley State
West Texas A&M
Lewis
Harding
1
Azusa Pacific
2
Grand Valley State
3
West Texas A&M
4
Lewis
5
Harding
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Azusa Pacific has 12 top-10 nationally ranked efforts to start the outdoor season. Three athletes have national leading marks: Mechaela Hyacynth in the 100 (11.51); Jaylah Walker in the 100H (14.07); Amanda Fassold in the pole vault (4.20m/13-9¼). The aforementioned Walker is also ranked No. 2 in the 400H and Hyacynth is No. 4 in the 200. The Cougars have several other top-5 nationally ranked athletes in Nicole Warwick in the long jump (No. 3), Elle Alexander in the discus (No. 3), Chinenye Agina in the high jump (No. 4), Meagan Warwick in the 100H (No. 5). They also have a pair of ranked relays – the 4×100 (No. 2) and 4×400 (No. 5).

The second-ranked Lakers amassed 17 top-10 nationally ranked efforts through two weeks of competition. Of those 17 marks, 11 of them are ranked in the top-5 and include two national leaders: Jessica Gockley in the 10,000 (34:35.29); Judith Essemiah in the hammer (63.22m/207-5). Ellianne Kimes has the second best clearance in the pole vault, while Nicole Sreenan (200) and Klaudia O’Malley (1500) are ranked third in their respective events. Other top performers for the Lakers are Taryn Chapko (No. 4, 800), Kassidie Stimmel (No. 4, pole vault), Lynsey Amthor (No. 5, 10,000), Jessica Eby (No. 5, 400H), Angelica Floyd (No. 5, long jump) and Emma Richards (No. 5, discus).

West Texas A&M has multiple high quality marks as they boast 8 top-5 nationally ranked performances. Taylor Nelloms (triple jump, 12.93m/42-5¼) and Zada Swoopes (shot put, 16.76m/55-0) are national leaders in their respective events, along with having the top-ranked 4×100 (45.69c/45.57A). Adding to their haul of performances are Swoopes in the discus (No. 2), Florance Uwajeneza in the 5000 (No. 2), DeOndra Green (No. 3) and Leah Belfield (No. 4) in the 100, and Seselia Dala in the 5000 (No. 4).

The Flyers soared to the program’s highest national rankings thanks to 11 top-10 nationally ranked performances. Grace Harris has the fastest 400 of the season, clocking 55.02 earlier this season in February. Natasha Bernett adds the No. 2 performance in the 100H and Kylie Wymer is ranked No. 4 in the shot put. The Flyers also have the third fastest 4×100 of the year.

The Bisons stormed to a program-best ranking with 8 top-10 efforts on the Descending Order List. Darcy Sanford leads the team with her No. 1 ranking in the heptathlon with 4482 points. Adding strong performances for Harding are Kinga Szarzynska in the 800 (No. 3), Liz Fouts in the discus (No. 4), Anne-Noelle Clerima in the 400 (No. 5) and Sierra White in the pole vault (No. 5).

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 CSU Pueblo, No. 7 Angelo State, No. 8 Fresno Pacific, No. 9 Lee (Tenn.) and No. 10 Texas A&M-Commerce.

The 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set for May 27-29 in Allendale, Michigan, hosted by Grand Valley State.

NCAA Division II
Women's Outdoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2021 Week #1 - March 30th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegionCHANGE
1azusa-pacificAZUSA PACIFIC259.10PacWest (1)WestNR
2grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE258.49GLIAC (1)MidwestNR
3west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M225.28Lone Star (1)South CentralNR
4lewisLEWIS164.55GLVC (1)MidwestNR
5hardingHARDING124.73GAC (1)CentralNR
6csu-puebloCSU PUEBLO118.87RMACSouth CentralNR
7angelo-stateANGELO STATE117.76Lone StarSouth CentralNR
8fresno-pacificFRESNO PACIFIC117.58PacWestWestNR
9lee-tennLEE (TENN.)97.14GSC (1)SouthNR
10texas-am-commerceTEXAS A&M-COMMERCE89.84Lone StarSouth CentralNR
11western-coloradoWESTERN COLORADO78.98RMACSouth CentralNR
12missouri-southernMISSOURI SOUTHERN76.77MIAA (1)CentralNR
13queens-n-cQUEENS (N.C.)73.29SAC (1)SoutheastNR
14adams-stateADAMS STATE65.97RMACSouth CentralNR
15concordia-califCONCORDIA (CALIF.)64.73PacWestWestNR
16biola-califBIOLA (CALIF.)64.60PacWestWestNR
17colorado-mesaCOLORADO MESA63.95RMACSouth CentralNR
18uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS60.30RMAC (1)South CentralNR
19colo-school-of-minesCOLO. SCHOOL OF MINES59.79RMACSouth CentralNR
20tiffinTIFFIN55.83G-MACMidwestNR
21emmanuel-gaEMMANUEL (GA.)54.95Conference CarolinasSoutheastNR
22southern-wesleyan-s-cSOUTHERN WESLEYAN (S.C.)53.88Conference CarolinasSoutheastNR
23alabama-huntsvilleALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE52.38GSCSouthNR
24academy-of-artACADEMY OF ART47.57PacWestWestNR
25dallas-baptistDALLAS BAPTIST44.06Lone StarSouth CentralNR


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7Week #8Week #9FINAL
Azusa Pacific1321111111
Grand Valley State2233222332
West Texas A&M3112333223
Adams State1471115554454
Saginaw Valley State577715126666125
Lewis48141114149766
Missouri Southern12444445547
U-Mary32252058912878
Queens (N.C.)139799131715159
Central Missouri591268121114141410
Minnesota State681410141178121111
Academy of Art24152171381011812
Northwest Missouri38201620242627192113
Tiffin20334126252832414113
CSU Pueblo655671013162015
Emmanuel (Ga.)21232732374150534915
Western Colorado11182421212322231917
Angelo State76810151679918
Pittsburg State49111722101518101019
Texas A&M-Commerce1010913161816171719
North Georgia62656548492930312819
Lincoln (Mo.)36223345471915181622
Fresno Pacific8172517202223343522
Wingate27302230353741424222
Walsh54663936434526272525
Slippery Rock77374027262729302725
Black Hills State34424552514253636125
Lee (Tenn.)9211216222019242328
UC-Colorado Springs18191823281720211829
Southern Wesleyan (S.C.)22293033313335282429
Colo. School of Mines19242928343438444335
Neb.-Kearney70544819192425222644
Harding5132325273842465044
Fort Hays State30161924171211131346
Hillsdale78353241182121202252
Augustana (S.D.)537336402930282529
Concordia (Calif.)153249507579863631
Colorado Mesa172713182325242940
Biola (Calif.)162837344150515552
Alabama-Huntsville233434434646495473
Dallas Baptist253652597862707679

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field

2021 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConference TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
Week 1Tue 3/30
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Mon 3/29
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Week 2Tue 4/6
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Mon 4/5
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Week 5Tue 4/27
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May 27-29: NCAA DII Champs (Allendale, Mich.)
FINAL ResultsSat 5/29
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