2021 NCAA DII Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 9
NEW ORLEANS – It’s meet week!
The 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set to take place on the campus of Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan. Competition will begin on Thursday and conclude Saturday.
Here is what the women’s team title race could shape up to be in the Pre-Championships edition of the the National TFRI that was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
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Azusa Pacific is in prime position to capture its first NCAA crown. The Cougars will head to Allendale with 17 entries across 14 events and 11 among the top-5 of the Descending Order List. Top-seeds for the Cougars are Jennifer Sandoval in the 10,000 (32:58.39), Jaylah Walker in the 400H (58.16) and Chinenye Agina in the high jump (1.84m/6-½).
No. 2 West Texas A&M is seeking its first NCAA title since 2017 and will do so with 17 entries across 13 events. Taylor Nelloms and Zada Swoopes are the top-ranked athletes in the triple jump (13.52mw/44-4¼) and shot put (17.71m/58-1¼), respectively. The Lady Buffs also have two other entries in the triple jump that are ranked in the top-10.
Grand Valley State will enter the meet at No. 3 and eyeing the top of the podium for the first time since 2012. The Lakers have 17 entries across 12 events. Judith Essemiah is the lone top-seed for the Lakers in the hammer throw (64.21m/210-8). Other top performers the Lakers will rely on are Nicole Sreenan in the 400 (No. 2, 53.74) and Hannah Roeske in the steeplechase (No. 2, 10:19.29).
Fourth-ranked Missouri Southern has 11 entries for the NCAA meet in eight entries. The Lions will rely heavily on their nine field entries to earn a podium finish. Elizabeth Pomatto is the national leader in the javelin (52.57m/172-6) and joined by teammate Katelyn Mooney (No. 3, 49.66m/162-11). Kirsten Leisinger is also the second seed in the hammer throw (60.81m/199-6).
Adams State will round out the top-5 and has 11 entries across the mid-distance/distance events. Nine of those entries sit among the top-10 on the Descending Order List. The Grizzlies are expecting big points from the Flanagan sisters, as Eilish Flanagan is ranked No. 1 in the steeplechase (9:40.68) and No. 2 in the 5000 (15:57.81) while Roisin Flanagan is the top seed in the 5000 (15:47.57).
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 10: No. 6 Lewis, No. 7 U-Mary, No. 8 Academy of Art, No. 9 Angelo State and No. 10 Pittsburg State.