2021 NCAA DII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – What transpired from the bulk of contested conference championships made its way into the most recent installment of the NCAA Division II Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index, released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.
NCAA Division II — Men's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Grand Valley State
West Texas A&M
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Grand Valley State held down the stop spot for the second straight week. The Lakers claimed their third consecutive GLIAC title with 300.50 points, and the program’s 14th crown since 2001.
West Texas A&M jumped three spots to No. 2 after capturing the program’s first Lone Star Conference title and picked up seven top-5 nationally ranked efforts. Benjamin Azamati led the way with his two golds in the 100 and 200, along with a new NCAA DII record in the 200 (20.13). He also ran the second leg of the second-fastest 4×100 of the season (40.04c/39.92A). Other Buffs with nationally prominent performances are Tyrin Lewis in the 110H (No. 2, 13.62cw/13.58A), Guillaume Devries in the high jump (No. 2, 2.17m/7-1½), Dhanushka Sandaruwan in the long jump (No. 2, 7.84mw/25-8¾), Loic Rodrigues in the decathlon (No. 3, 7483) and Peniel Richard in the triple jump (No. 5, 15.59m/51-1¾)
No. 3 Angelo State gained a spot after finishing second at the Lone Star Conference Championships with 190.5 points. Decio Andrade had a monster throw in the hammer to extend his national lead. His winning distance of 73.57m (241-5) is also 8 inches away from the NCAA DII record in the event. Elvis Kryukov moved to No. 2 in the decathlon after winning the event in 7498 points, while Trpimir Siroki turned in an improved season best in the long jump (No. 5, 7.72mw/25-4).
No. 4 Pittsburg State moved up two spots and holds a slim lead over now No. 5 Ashland, who fell three spots from its Week 6 ranking. The Gorillas claimed their fifth straight MIAA Outdoor Championship with 172.5 points. Louis Rollins and Joshua Hudiburg each turned in No. 4 performances on the Descending Order List. Rollins ran 13.85w in the 110H and Hudiburg threw the javelin 71.01m (233-0). Levi Wyrick also added a top-5 performance in the hammer throw (No. 5, 67.55m/221-8).
The fifth-ranked Eagles placed second in their final GLIAC Championship appearance before moving to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Trevor Bassitt continued to shine for the Eagles and won four golds in two individual events (110H, 400H) and two relays (4×100, 4×400). He bettered his national leading time in the 400H to 49.04, which makes him the fourth-best performer all-time in NCAA DII history.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 7: No. 6 Colorado School of Mines, No. 7 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 8 Central Missouri, No. 9 Missouri Southern and No. 10 Tiffin.
The 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set for May 27-29 at Grand Valley State.