2021 NCAA DII Women’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 set for May 27-29.
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 Women’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 — Women's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
West Texas A&M
Grand Valley State
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Top-ranked Azusa Pacific continued to hold down the top spot for the fifth straight week. Chasing the Cougars are second-ranked West Texas A&M, third-ranked Grand Valley State, fourth-ranked Adams State and fifth-ranked Missouri Southern.
Azusa Pacific turned in several season bests at the APU Last Chance Twilight in preparation for the NCAA Championships. Headlining the Cougars is Chinenye Agina with her clearance of 1.84m (6-½) in the high jump to improve her No. 1 billing. Mechaela Hyacynth clocked two top-3 nationally ranked performances in the 200 (No. 2, 23.59) and 100 (No. 3, 11.49), while Jaylah Walker moved to No. 4 in the 100H (13.65w).
West Texas A&M and Grand Valley State traded spots from a week ago. The Lady Buffs were led by Brooke Urban’s No. 2 performance in the high jump of 1.77m (5-9¾). The Lakers picked up a new top-10 effort from Hannah Roeske in the 1500, clocking 4:21.84 to sit at No. 7.
Adams State notched an improved performance in the steeplechase. Sarah Wills jumped from No. 22 to No. 11 on the Descending Order List after clocking 10:32.91 to put herself.
Missouri Southern received a pair of pole vault performances that rank within the top-10 nationally. Elena Bisotto moved to No. 7 (4.16m/13-7¾) and Samantha Petry soared from No. 21 to No. 10 with her 4.10m (13-5¼) clearance.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 8: No. 6 Saginaw Valley State, No. 7 Lewis, No. 8 U-Mary, No. 9 Angelo State and No. 10 Pittsburg State.
The Biggest Movers of the Week are Pittsburg State and No. 19 Northwest Missouri as both teams gained eight spots from their Week 7 rankings. The Gorillas had a big weekend from London Futch, who clocked the national lead in the 400 (53.73) and anchored the third-fastest 4×400 of the season (3:42.45). The Bearcats’ 4×400 clocked 3:43.74 for the fifth-best performance on the Descending Order List.
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.