2022 NCAA DII Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – After a thrilling month of competition, it’s time to flip the calendar to February.
Here is the second installment of the NCAA Division II Women’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.
NCAA Division II — Women's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Grand Valley State
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It didn’t take long for Grand Valley State to get back to the top of the National TFRI. The Lakers gained one spot and have 10 national top-10 performances, including two of the nation’s top efforts from Klaudia O’Malley in the 3000 (9:23.65) and Judith Essemiah in the weight throw (20.43m/67-½). O’Malley also picked up another top-10 effort in the mile, running 4:48.34 for the seventh-fastest time this season, while Taryn Chapko clocked the ninth-best time in the 800.
Pittsburg State comes in at No. 2 following a two-spot improvement. The last time the Gorillas were ranked second was in Week 2 of the 2018 season. They have amassed 10 national top-10 efforts, with half of them sitting among the top-5. Trace Mosby has a hand in three of those efforts as she has the nation’s best score in the pentathlon (4122), No. 3 in the 60H (8.51) and No. 4 in the high jump (1.75m/5-8¾). Isabelle Peters gave Pittsburg State its second national lead of the season, clearing 4.13m (13-6½) in the pole vault, while Christine Williams clocked the second-fastest time in the 200 (24.43).
Minnesota State held steady at No. 3 for the second straight week and have 10 national top-10 performances on the season. Ja’Cey Simmons headlines the team this week as she holds the No. 1 time in the 200 (24.29c/24.66) on the Descending Order List. Other Mavericks holding top-5 efforts are Katie Taylor (weight throw), Makayla Jackson (60), Denisha Cartwright (60H) and the 4×400 relay.
Azusa Pacific slid three spots to No. 4 in Week 2 and to no fault of their own. While the Cougars were off from competition this past weekend, they continue to hold eight national top-10 performances, with six of them taking up residence in the top-5. Mechaela Hyacynth and Chinenye Agina lead the nation in the 60 (7.35c/7.31A) and high jump (1.83m/6-0), respectively, while Jaylah Walker has two top-5 performances in the 200 and 400.
UC-Colorado Springs rounds out the top-5 after jumping six spots. The Mountain Lions have six top-10 marks on the Descending Order List, including the national lead in the long jump thanks to Hannah Meek’s leap of 6.37m (20-10¾). Elsewhere, Kayla Zink ranks second in the 60 (746c/7.42A) and Layla Almasri is fifth in the mile (4:47.74c/4:54.93A). Almasri also runs on the second-ranked DMR (11:39.54c/12:02.87A).
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 2: No. 6 West Texas A&M, No. 7 Adams State, No. 8 Indianapolis, No. 9 Saginaw Valley State and No. 10 Academy of Art. No one was better than the Greyhounds’ Berenice Cleyet-Merle, who won the 800 at the IU Relays in 2:03.89 for the second-fastest time in DII history.
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.