2022 NCAA DII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – The biggest weekend of the indoor season shook up the rankings in a big way!
Here is the fourth installment of the NCAA Division II Men’s Indoor Track & Field National TFRI for the 2022 season, as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. 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.
Every spot changed as a result of what transpired over the course of the weekend.
NCAA Division II — Men's Indoor Track & Field
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Colo. School of Mines
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Pittsburg State climbed two spots into the No. 1 position for the first time in program history. The Gorillas have 10 national top-10 marks this season, including two that sit among the top of the Descending Order List. Henry Kiner improved upon his national lead in the triple jump after bounding 15.88m (52-1¼). No one may have had a better weekend than Braylen Brewer, who had a hand in three improved top-5 marks. Brewer is now ranked second in the 400 at 46.59, fourth in the 200 at 21.16 and ran on the second-ranked DMR that clocked 9:37.45. That DMR time is also the second-fastest time in DII history, regardless of track size. Other Gorillas that improved their marks are Nizar Alarahsun (400: No. 3, 47.43) and Hunter Jones (high jump: No. 3, 2.16m/7-1).
Colorado School of Mines soared six spots to No. 2. The Orediggers are making their first top-5 appearance of the season after turning in six new or improved top-10 efforts. Four of those efforts come in the 5000 and are ranked No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 7 this season on the Descending Order List. Dillon Powell led the Oredigger charge, as he ran 13:33.68 to break the one-year-old NCAA DII record. Kyle Moran also dipped under the old record with his 13:35.58 effort to become the second-best performer in NCAA DII history. Teammates Jake Mitchem (13:40.44) and Dylan Ko (13:47.35) rounded out the quartet of strong 5000 performances in Boston. Adding to their haul was a pair of fifth-ranked performances from Luke Julian in the mile (4L00.81) and Hunter Potrykus in the high jump (5.07m/16-7½).
Grand Valley State slid two spots to No. 3 in Week 4. The Lakers picked up eight new or improved top-10 marks after their weekend hosting the GVSU Big Meet. The high jump was a strong event for the Lakers with two marks sitting in the top-5: Eli Kosiba is ranked second (2.19m/7-2¼); Jonathan Rankins-James is ranked fifth (2.15m/7-½). Myles Kerner and Matt Thomas are another pair of athletes that turned in top-10 performances in the shot put. Kerner is ranked third at 19.29m (63-3½) and Thomas is eighth at 17.76m (58-3¼). Other top-10 efforts come from Jonathon Groendyk in the 800, Isaac Harding in the 3000, Makiyah Smallwood in the 60H and the DMR.
Ashland also slid two spots and the Eagles are now at No. 4 this week. Trevor Bassitt ran a season-best 20.75 in the 200 to improve his national lead in the event. Doniven Jackson also registered the eighth-best time in the 60 at 6.75, while Nathan Stout is ranked No. 10 in the shot put with a throw of 17.66m (57-11¼).
American International improved four spots from No. 9 in Week 3 to No. 5 in Week 4. The Yellow Jackets had four new or improved top-10 marks, including two that are ranked as high as third: Callum Elson in the mile at 3:59.71; Yvan Lopes Ribeiro in the 60H at 7.90. Other impactful performances that boosted the Yellow Jackets came from Ezra Mutai in the 5000 (No. 4, 13:41.12) and the 4×400 relay (No. 7, 3:13.99).
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 4: No. 6 West Texas A&M (up one spot), No. 7 Central Missouri (down three spots), No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce (up seven spots), No. 9 Lee (Tenn.) (down four spots) and No. 10 Adams State (down four spots).
Mark your calendars for March 11-12, as the 2022 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas!