2021 NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – If you’re in the top-2, you’re safe.
Otherwise you most likely found a new home in the NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index.
The latest edition, released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday, has a new look after 23 of the top-25 teams have moved based on the results of the past weekend.
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Doane (Neb.) kept its hold on the top spot in the National TFRI. The Tigers snatched one season best at the Bronco Last Chance to add to its haul of top-5 nationally ranked efforts. Richard Dover improved to No. 3 in the discus with his heave of 51.49m (168-11). He was previously ranked sixth going into the weekend.
Indiana Tech stayed at No. 2 for the third straight week. The Warriors earned three season best efforts that rank within the top-5 nationally at the Pacesetter Sports Invitational. Jordan Highsmith, already ranked No. 4 on the Descending Order List in the 400, improved his mark to 47.20. Highsmith was also part of the 4×100 that turned in the national leading time of 40.55 and the second-ranked 4×400 (3:13.21).
Saint Mary (Kan.) jumped eight spots to No. 3. The Spires now have two athletes ranked in the top-10 nationally in the 10,000. Jonathan Bowen moved up to No. 5 (30:22.23) and Tyler Soliz improved to No. 8 (30:39.69). Other top performers for the Spires were Brendan Erwin in the steeplechase (No. 7, 9:22.23) and Corey Lyons in the 400 (No. 8, 47.54).
No. 4 Huntington (Ind.) and No. 5 Southeastern (Fla.) traded places from a week ago. The Foresters had two performances that gave them the boost they needed to jump over the Fire. Kent Yoder clocked the third fastest time of the season in the 10,000 at 30:18.03, an event in which he was previously ranked No. 16. The Foresters’ 4×800 also turned in a big season best effort, moving from No. 22 to No. 4 with their 7:41.88.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 7: No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan, No. 7 Madonna (Mich.), No. 8 Dordt (Iowa), No. 9 Wayland Baptist (Texas) and No. 10 Montreat (N.C.).
The Big Mover of the Week is No. 14 Oregon Tech after a 23-spot climb. The Owls were boosted with Mark French’s national leading time in the 5000 of 14:25.82.
The 2021 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be May 26-28 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.