2021 NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 8
NEW ORLEANS – We are one week away from the start of the 2021 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama!
What better time than now to check out the most recent edition of the NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index, which was released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
NAIA — Women's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
William Carey (Miss.)
Wayland Baptist (Texas)
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The top-5 remained unchanged. Concordia (Neb.) remained in the driver’s seat with No. 2 Indiana Tech, No. 3 William Carey (Miss.), No. 4 Hastings (Neb.) and No. 5 Wayland Baptist (Texas) chasing down the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs saw one top-5 nationally ranked performance get turned in from their outing at the Concordia Twilight. Sarah Ragland had a heave of 55.77m (183-0) in the hammer throw for the fourth-farthest toss of the season.
The Warriors were led by Leondra Correia and Angie Sanchez at the St. Francis Fighting Chance Invite: Correia’s clearance of 1.67m (5-5¾) in the high jump puts her at No. 8; Sanchez turned in the ninth-fastest 800 of the season of 2:14.09.
The third-ranked Crusaders’ had strong performances from Joy Abu and Brittany Jones in their respective disciplines. Abu moved to No. 2 with her 14.00 in the 100H, while Jones climbed from No. 15 to No. 8 in the high jump with an effort of 1.67m (5-5¾).
Karsen Sears and Daisy Maessner sit within the top-10 in the long jump for the Broncos. Sears posted the fourth-best distance of the season of 5.99m (19-8), while Maessner improved to No. 10 at 5.83m (19-1½). The Broncos’ 4×100 also clocked a season best time of 46.78 for the eighth-fastest performance in the NAIA.
The fifth-ranked Pioneers had several standout performances in their final weekend of competition before the NAIA Championships. Raheema Westfall jumped to the top of the Descending Order List in the 200 with her time of 23.69cw (23.62A). Safia Bright also earned a pair of No. 2 billings in the 100 (11.50c/11.47A) and 200 (23.76cw/23.69A).
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 8: No. 6 Southeastern (Fla.), No. 7 Cornerstone (Mich.), No. 8 Doane (Neb.), No. 9 St. Francis (Ill.) and No. 10 Life (Ga.). The Fighting Saints made the largest jump in the National TFRI with their seven spot improvement. Earning top-5 placements on the Descending Order List this past weekend were Brianna Yanni in the hammer throw (No. 3, 55.96m/183-7) and Sabrina Baftiri in the 1500 (No. 4, 4:33.21).
The 2021 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be May 26-28 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.