2021 NCAA DI Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – It was the week before the glut of Conference Championships Weekend and all through the NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index, nothing was stirring, not even a – Well, there was at least some movement (Go ahead and try to find something that rhymes with “Index,” too. It’s tough).
Let’s see what transpired between Week 6 and the Week 7, as the most recent installment of the National TFRI was released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), following the first batch of conference championships.
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The order of the top-8 teams didn’t change from Week 6 to Week 7: LSU is still the clear-cut favorite to take home the national title at Historic Hayward Field in just about one month, while second-ranked BYU, third-ranked Oregon, fourth-ranked Southern California, fifth-ranked Florida State and sixth-ranked Texas are all true podium contenders. Seventh-ranked Iowa State and eighth-ranked Florida sit a little bit off-pace from those previous six teams.
The Cougars actually closed the gap on the Tigers this past weekend by adding two national top-10 marks at the Oregon Twilight – both in the steeplechase. Garrett Marsing went 8:34.40 for the third-best mark this season, while Clayson Shumway finished in 8:40.11 for the seventh.
North Carolina A&T improved its ranking two spots since Week 6. The now ninth-ranked Aggies rolled to the team title at the MEAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Randolph Ross won the 400 in 44.60 to move up to No. 4 on the Descending Order List and make North Carolina A&T the only program with two sub-45 second athletes (Trevor Stewart sits No. 2 at 44.52 from the North Florida Invitational). Javonte Harding doubled up on individual titles and relay titles (100-200-4×100-4×400), but it’s what he did in the 200 that shook up the National TFRI the most (Harding went 20.21 for the sixth-best mark this season).
Houston was the Biggest Mover of the Week in the top-25, soaring 18 spots from No. 30 to No. 12. The Cougars starred at the Tom Tellez Invitational, putting up four national top-10 marks in the sprints and hurdles. Shaun Maswanganyi is now ranked fourth in both the 100 (10.04) and 200 (20.14), Travis Collins is now tied for tenth in the 100 (10.16) and Dayo Akindele is now ranked eighth in the 110H (13.51).
The 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held from June 9-12 in Eugene, Oregon.