2021 NJCAA DI Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – Here is the first installment of the NJCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index for the 2021 season, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
To wit: We’re only using marks from the current season, which gives a true look at which teams are performing the best at the current moment. That means the National TFRI will continue to evolve throughout the season and gives you more reason to keep checking back!
NJCAA Division I — Men's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
South Plains (Texas)
Barton (Kan.) CC
New Mexico JC
Iowa Central CC
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
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South Plains (Texas) enters the outdoor season exactly where it ended the indoor season – No. 1. The Texans have 20 national top-10 marks on their ledger, with three of those coming from the past weekend of competition. Seydi Sall clocked the No. 8 time over 800 meters (1:53.24), Justin Guy is now ranked fifth in the 110H (14.30) and Romaine Beckford hit the eighth-best javelin mark this season at 51.46m (168-10).
Barton County CC is ranked second to begin this season. The Cougars hold 18 national top-10 marks, including eight from the outdoor season. Shakwon Coke starred this past weekend as he notched the third-best mark in NJCAA history in the long jump of 8.16m (26-9¼). Coke, who is also ranked second nationally in the triple jump with his mark from the NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, is one of three national leaders for Barton County CC.
New Mexico JC holds down the third spot in the National TFRI in Week 1. The T-Birds hold 15 national top-10 marks, with just two of those coming from the outdoor season thus far. Jadon Elliot joined NJCAA record holder Andrei Romanov in the top-3 this outdoor season with his third-best seasonal effort in the pole vault of 4.65m (15-3).
Iowa Central CC is ranked fourth to begin the season with 16 national top-10 marks. The Tritons saw Kelvin Bungei tally the second-best seasonal mark in the steeplechase this past weekend of 9:31.21. Dashinelle Dyer also worked his way into the top-10 nationally with a 14.66 effort in the 110H, which ranks him ninth in the early going.
Cloud County CC rounds out the top-5 with 13 national top-10 marks. The T-Birds hauled in three national top-3 marks from this past weekend: Daniel Cope is ranked No. 2 in the discus at 51.91m (170-4) and No. 3 in the hammer at 58.24m (191-1); Saba Khvichava is now ranked third in the steeplechase at 9:34.20.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Coffeyville CC, No. 7 Indian Hills CC, No. 8 Iowa Western CC, No. 9 Cowley College and No. 10 Central Arizona.