2021 NCAA DII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 8
NEW ORLEANS – It was the final qualifying weekend for the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
As teams made their last push to punch their ticket to Allendale, Michigan, let’s see how that shaped the newest edition 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
Colo. School of Mines
All TFRI Reports
No. 1 Grand Valley State and No. 2 West Texas A&M held steady in the National TFRI. The Lakers picked up two top-10 efforts at the Lee University Last Chance from Caleb Futter in the steeplechase (No. 3, 8:44.38) and Scott Spaanstra in the 800 (No. 6, 1:49.19).
Ashland gained two spots to move to No. 3 with the help of two top-10 performances. Channing Phillips jumped from No. 18 to No. 9 after his 47.15 in the 400 in Cleveland, Tennessee. Ian Johnson also clocked 1:49.84 in the 800 for the No. 10 time on the Descending Order List.
Fourth-ranked Angelo State clocked two season bests in the relays. The Rams’ 4×100 got the baton around in 40.30c (40.18A), good for No. 5. The 4×400 also ran 3:11.17c (3:10.73A) to sit at No. 9.
Colorado School of Mines improved to No. 5 to round out the top teams in Week 8. The Orediggers notched a national leading performance from Connor McLean, as he cleared 5.35m (17-6½) at the Mines Friday Last Chance.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 8: No. 6 Pittsburg State, No. 7 Texas A&M-Commerce, No. 8 Tiffin, No. 9 Central Missouri and No. 10 Missouri Southern.
The Biggest Mover of the Week is No. 24 Saginaw Valley State after soaring 16 spots from its previous billing of No. 40. Sam Black took over the national lead in the decathlon with his point total of 7807. That score also makes him the eighth-best performer all-time in NCAA DII.
This is the last National TFRI that will include regular season marks. Next week’s Pre-Championship rankings will only reflect those who qualify for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for May 27-29.