2022 NJCAA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – Indoor season is heating up!
Here is the first edition of the NJCAA Men’s Indoor Track & Field National TFRI, as released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). No marks from previous seasons have been used, which means this objective list is compiled solely of current marks from the 2022 indoor track & field season.
NJCAA — Men's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
South Plains (Texas)
Iowa Western CC
Indian Hills (Iowa) CC
Iowa Central CC
Barton (Kan.) CC
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South Plains (Texas) begins its defense of its NJCAA Indoor Championships team title at No. 1 in the National TFRI. The Texans have an impressive 23 top-10 marks, with Kimar Farquharson contributing a share of three No. 1 efforts – he’s tops in the 600 (1:17.65) and 800 (1:51.33) and anchored the leading 4×400 relay team (3:08.88) with the fourth-fastest time ever, 3:08.44. Pole vaulter Thomas Nieto is another list leader at 4.98m (16-4). Mehdi Yanouri rates top-5 in three events – 1000 (No. 2, 2:59.57), mile (No. 4, 4:15.16) and 800 (No. 5, 1:54.33), while Chris Robinson is in No. 2 in two events – 400 (47.22) and 600 (1:18.47). The 600 and 800 lists have 3 Texans, with Evaldo Whitehorne (No. 4, 1:18.68) and Chevonne Hall (No. 3, 1:51.97), respectively, joining Farquharson. Others from SPC in the top-5 are Justin Guy (60 hurdles, No. 2 at 7.91), Kudakwashe Chadenga (high jump, No. 2 at 2.12m/6-11½), Davyon Williams (high jump, No. 3 at 2.07m/6-9½), Aron Tanui (1000, No. 3 at 2:29.97), Hossam Hatib (400, No. 4 at 47.98) and Elisha Teneus-Claude (long jump, No. 5 at 7.17m/23-6¼). Robinson, Hatib and Whitehorne also ran the first three legs on the Texans’ 4×400 relay.
Iowa Western CC follows at No. 2 with 18 top-10 marks, led by Michael Buchanan with two top-5 efforts (No. 3 in the long jump at 7.41m/24-3¾ and No. 4 in the 60 hurdles at 8.06). Other Reivers in the top-5 are Nemoy Cockett (weight throw, No. 2 at 16.04m/52-7½), Yonas Mogos (mile, No. 3 at 4:11.46), Cortney Watkins (60 hurdles, No. 3 at 8.03), Nicholas Kiprotich (3000, No. 5 at 8:27.65) and high jumpers Tyler Missick and Roman Smith (tied for No. 5 at 2.04m/6-8¼), as well two relay teams – the distance medley (No. 3, 10:37.08) and 4×400 (No. 5, 3:15.37).
Indian Hills (Iowa) CC is No. 3 with 14 spots in the top-10. Rivaldo Marshall is No. 1 in the 1000 at 2:27.92 and has additional top-5 marks in the 800 (No. 2, 1:51.53) and 600 (No. 3, 1:18.56). Two more Warriors have multiple top-5 entries: Kendrick Winfield in the 200 (No. 2, 21.45) and 400 (No. 5, 48.11) along with Anley Akok’s pair of No. 4s (1:53.71 in the 800 and 2:30.05 in the 1000). Aurel Tchanbi is No. 3 in the 200 at 21.47. Indian Hills also has the No. 3 4×400 team at 3:14.75.
No. 4 is Iowa Central CC, thanks to 15 top-10 marks. The Tritons have two national leaders in Aspel Kiprob (5000, 14:43.97) and Martin Lamou (triple jump, 15.49m/50-10), and in both events follow-up at the No. 2 position – Hunter Klimek in the 5000 (14:56.39) and Roman Kuleshov (14.96m/49-1), respectively. Two No. 5 marks for the Tritons come from Robin Aguilar Gonzalez (1000, 2:30.64) and Brady Hogan (5000, 15:42.68).
Barton (Kan.) CC is No. 5, yet no program can match the Cougars’ feat of having three different athletes lead individual events. That trio is comprised of Elijah Mosley in the 400 (47.14), Shakwon Coke in the long jump (7.80m/25-7¼) and Giovanni Gutierrez in the shot (16.84m/55-3). Also rating among the top-5 for Barton is Brandon Lloyd at No. 2 in the shot (16.63m/54-6¾) and the 4×400 relay team at No. 4 (3:15.01). Barton has 10 marks overall in the top-10.
Finishing out the top-10 teams in the Week 1 are No. 6 Butler (Kan.) CC, No. 7 Cloud County (Kan.) CC, No. 8 Coffeyville (Kan.) CC, No. 9 Northwest Kansas Tech and No. 10 Mesa (Ariz.) CC.
Keep March 4-5 circled on your calendars, as that’s when the NJCAA Indoor Championships are scheduled at Pittsburg State’s Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.