2021 NCAA DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 10
NEW ORLEANS – And then there was one.
The field is set for the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Here is how the team title race could shake out in the final 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 Tuesday.
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LSU is slated to be the favorite to bring home its first outdoor national title since 2012. Of the Tigers’ 19 entries, 13 of them sit within the top-10 in their respective events, including three national leaders: Tonea Marshall in the 100H, Lisa Gunnarsson in the pole vault and the 4×100 relay. The 400H could be a big event for the Tigers, as they have Brittley Humphrey, Milan Young and Jurnee Woodward seeded at third, fourth and sixth, respectively.
Southern California is right behind top-ranked LSU and is eyeing the top of the podium since last winning in 2018. The Women of Troy have 20 entries for the meet with 17 of those entries in the sprints, hurdles and relays. The lone top-seed for USC is Anna Cockrell in the 400H, while three other teammates are ranked within the top-5 of their respective events: Twanisha Terry in the 100, Kaelin Roberts in the 400 and Jasmine Jones in the 100H. The Women of Troy also have the 4×100 and 4×400 ranked No. 2 heading into the meet.
Third-ranked Texas A&M previously won a national title in 2014. Nine of the Aggies 14 entries are ranked within the top-5 in their respective events, including four national leaders: Athing Mu in the 400, Tyra Gittens in the high jump and heptathlon and the 4×400 relay. Gittens is also the No. 2 seed in the long jump, while Deborah Acquah is going to be featured in both the long jump and triple jump as the fourth seed.
Georgia is eyeing a podium spot with 11 entries, including one national leader and six others that rank among the top-5 in their respective events. Marie-Therese Obst will headline the Bulldogs with her No. 1 billing in the javelin. Jasmine Moore can also score big points for the Bulldogs, as she is ranked second in the triple jump and third in the long jump.
2019 champion Arkansas will head to Eugene vying for a podium finish. The Razorbacks have 17 entries for the NCAA Championships and three top-5 efforts. Entering the meet with No. 2 performances are Lauren Martinez in the pole vault and Krissy Gear in the 1500. The Razorbacks’ 4×400 relay also has the third fastest time of the season.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 10: No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Florida and No. 10 Florida State. The Crimson Tide, Ducks and Seminoles each jumped multiple spots ahead of the national championship meet.