2021 NCAA DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 8
NEW ORLEANS – Conference Championships Weekend left a mark on the newest edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index that was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.
Three teams in the top-7 were able to hold their positions with the remaining 22 shifting in some capacity.
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The battle for No. 1 and No. 2 continues to belong to LSU and Arkansas, respectively. The Razorbacks squeaked out a 6.5 point victory over the top-ranked Tigers at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
LSU was led by Tonea Marshall in College Station as she was part of two national leading performances. Marshall bettered her national lead in the 100H to 12.52. She also led off the now top-ranked 4×100 that turned in a blistering 42.52. Other Tigers turning in top-5 performances were the 400H duo of Brittley Humphrey (No. 4, 56.14) and Milan Young (No. 5, 56.54).
After the SEC Championships, Arkansas now has two pole vaulters ranked in the top-3 on the Descending Order List. Nastassja Campbell’s top clearance of 4.54m (14-10¾) bolstered her national lead in the event, while Lauren Martinez moved up to No. 3 with a season best of 4.49m (14-8¾). Krissy Gear, already with the fourth-fastest steeplechase of the season, improved upon her billing with a time of 9:38.62.
Jumping two spots to the No. 3 position is Southern California. The Women of Troy turned in several strong performances at the Pac-12 Championships en route to the team title and a boost in the National TFRI. Twanisha Terry has a claim to two of those efforts in the 100 (No. 2, 11.02w) and 200 (No. 6, 22.72). Other notable performances by the Women of Troy come from Anna Cockrell in the 400H of 54.77 to extend her national lead in the event, while Krya Constantine cracked the top-5 in the 400 (No. 4, 51.16).
Fourth-ranked Texas A&M had a stellar weekend at the SEC Championships to keep them within nine points of Southern California. Tyra Gittens had herself a weekend as she bettered her national lead in the heptathlon (6418), took over the national lead in the high jump (1.95m/6-4¾) and moved to No. 2 in the long jump (6.96m/22-10). Athing Mu continued her impressive freshman campaign and clocked 49.84 over 400 for the fastest time this season and anchored the top-ranked 4×400 (3:26.17). Other top-5 nationally ranked efforts came from Lamara Distin in the high jump (No. 3, 1.89m/6-2¼) and Deborah Acquah in the triple jump (No. 4, 14.13m/46-4¼).
Georgia enters Week 8 at No. 5 following a one spot climb. The Bulldogs had two soar to season bests in the triple jump. Jasmine Moore’s best effort of 14.39m (47-2½) was an improvement her current No. 2 billing in the event, with teammate Titiana Marsh moving to No. 6 at 13.83mw (45-4½). Kayla Smith earned a small improvement upon her No. 3 ranking in the pole vault (4.49m/14-8¾). In the heptathlon, Asya Reynolds posted the fifth-best score of the year (5922).
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 8: No. 6 Texas, No. 7 Alabama, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Florida and No. 10 Florida State.
The Big Mover of the Week is No. 17 Houston following their 18 spot jump from No. 35. Brianne Bethel paced the Cougars at The American Outdoor, clocking the fourth-fastest time in the 200 (22.54) and running the second leg of the third-ranked 4×100 (42.83).
The 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held from June 9-12 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.