2022 NCAA DI Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – This indoor season just keeps getting better.
Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index, as released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). No marks from previous seasons are used in this ranking system, so it’s a totally comprehensive, objective look at the current indoor campaign.
NCAA Division I — Men's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
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Texas is back … at No. 1. After falling two spots to No. 3 in Week 2, the Longhorns jumped back into the driver’s seat thanks to a strong weekend. Tripp Piperi delivered the biggest mark of the season for Texas, as he took over the national lead in the shot put with a heave of 21.45m (70-4½). Piperi’s bomb is one of 11 national top-10 marks for the Longhorns through the first two months of the season. Leo Neugebauer has the only other top-3 effort with his 6021 total in the heptathlon. Several other athletes are among the top-5 performers this season as well.
North Carolina A&T slid to No. 2 to no fault of its own. The Aggies, who hold seven national top-10 marks this season, are led by The Bowerman Watch List member Randolph Ross Jr. Ross is among the top-3 performers in three different events: 400 (No. 1, 45.37), 4×400 relay (No. 2, 3:03.39) and the 200 (No. 3, 20.57). Don’t forget about Javonte’ Harding in the 200, who is ranked No. 2 at 20.33 or the 60-meter-hurdling duo of Leonard Mustari or Rasheem Brown.
Texas Tech is ranked No. 3 in Week 3, down one spot from Week 2. The Red Raiders hold 10 national top-10 marks, including the national-leading effort in the 60 from Terrence Jones at 6.45, which equaled the collegiate record. Texas Tech has top-10 marks across seven events.
Georgia held steady at No. 4 for the second week in a row. Nothing has changed too drastically to the Bulldogs over the past week, as Matthew Boling is still a double national leader in the 200 (20.27) and the long jump (8.25m/27-0¾). Kyle Garland is still ranked second nationally in the heptathlon with 6163 points, while Georgia’s 4×400 relay squad comes in at No. 3 (3:04.07).
Northern Arizona worked its way back into the top-5 for the second time this season. The Lumberjacks continue to be led by their distance corps, as they have six national top-10 marks split between the mile (tw0) and the 5000 (four). Abdihamid Nur and Nico Young both have contributed two of those top-10 marks with strong efforts in the mile and 5000.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 3: No. 6 Kentucky, No. 7 Princeton, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 Florida and No. 10 Tennessee. This is the first time in program history that the Tigers have been ranked higher than No. 17 for two installments of the TFRI. The Vols improved their rank one spot from Week 2 to crack the top-10 for a program-record third year in a row.
Mark your calendars for March 11-12, because that’s when the 2022 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.