2022 NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – Here is the fourth edition of the NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index for 2022, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). No marks from previous seasons are used, which means this objective ranking is comprised solely of marks from the 2022 indoor track & field season.
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Indiana Tech remains at No. 1 once again for the fourth week in a row. The Warriors have 13 top-10 marks with 10 of them being top-5 marks. Last weekend at the GVSU Big Meet, Zayquan Lincoln ran two No. 2 marks in the 60 (6.67) and the 200 (21.24). The team still has three nation-leading efforts in the 60-meter hurdles, 400 and 4×400 relay. Miles Gray added the No. 7 400 (48.29) and Neville Smith jumped a No. 6 triple jump (14.70m/48-2¾) at the Grand Valley meet as well. The Warriors have three athletes ranked in the top-10 in both the 60H and the 400.
Dordt (Iowa) climbed one spot in Week 4. The Defenders have nine top-10 marks. Payton Mauldin ran a No. 4 800 (1:52.34) en route to a first-place finish at the SDSU Indoor Classic this past weekend. Mauldin, who’s also No. 2 in the 600, ran the DMR alongside Joe Anderson, Jebadiah Merkle and Eric Steiger; finishing first in a new No. 2 time of 10.01.64. At the same meet Merkle ran the No. 5 1000 (2:27.67) and Steiger ran the No. 7 mile (4:12.18). Mauldin, Merkle and Steiger are all on the boarder of cracking the top-10 in other events as well.
Grand View (Iowa) fell one spot from No. 2 to No. 3 in Week 4. The Vikings took over the national lead in the 4×800 relay after their performance at the Concordia Invite. Isaiah Wittrock and Carter Huyser are members of the relay squad who hold the No. 4 and No. 6 1000-meter times respectively in NAIA. Wittrock is also No. 9 in the mile. Aside from the four top-10 marks mentioned, Grand View has two athletes ranked in the 3000-meter race walk and has the No. 6 DMR to bring their top-10 marks total to seven.
Grace (Ind.) held steady at No. 4 for the second week in a row. The Lancers finished second at the NCCAA Indoor Championships this past weekend. At the meet, Bryan Hernandez finished second in the mile to earn the No. 6 time in NAIA. Hernandez also has the No. 8 mark in the 5000 to own a pair of top-10 efforts. Kyle Smith is the only other Lancer to join him in that category, owning the No. 4 600 and No. 5 800 marks. Over the weekend Isaac Brown won the high jump, matching his season best and No. 3 mark (2.10m/ 6-10¾). Grace has eight top-10 marks with five of those being ranked inside the top-5.
Friends (Kan.) remained No. 5 after cracking the top-5 last week. The Falcons have achieved nine top-10 marks. This past weekend Jadon Davis joined Pablo Sanz-Rillo (No. 4, 13:34.76) and Gage Carr (No. 6, 13:52.31) in the top-10 for the 3000-meter race walk after finishing first (No. 9, 14:46.66) at the Shocker Track Club Open. The team’s highest mark is Marcquiece Cade’s No. 3 in the heptathlon with 4974 points. He’s also No. 10 in the 60H (8.09).
Here are the remaining top-10 teams in Week 3: No. 6 Southeastern (Fla.), No. 7 Oklahoma City, No. 8 Doane (Neb.), No. 9 Huntington (Ind.) and No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan
Mark your calendar for March 3-5, as that’s when the 2022 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, South Dakota!