2022 NJCAA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – It’s really beginning to heat up indoors!
Here is the newest 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
Iowa Central CC
Indian Hills (Iowa) CC
Butler (Kan.) CC
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There was lots of jumbling, but No. 1 and No. 2 remain the same – except the point differential has gotten much closer.
South Plains (Texas) took a weekend off from competition but repeats as No. 1 for the first time since 2015. The Texans have 18 marks in the top-10, including three events that lead the nation: Kimar Farquharson in the 600 (1:17.65), Thomas Nieto in the pole vault (4.98m/16-4) and the 4×400 relay team (3:08.88). Farquharson, who anchors the 4×400 team, has two top-5 marks as he’s also No. 2 in the 800 at 1:51.33. Chris Robinson, who leads off the 4×400 team, also has two top-5 efforts, rating No. 2 in the 400 (47.22) and 600 (1:18.47). Three more Texas are No. 2 – Mehdi Yanouri in the 1000 (2:29.57), Justin Guy in the 60 hurdles (7.91) and Kudakwashe Chadenga in the high jump (2.12m/6-11½). SPC is actually 2-3 in both the 1000 and high jump, with Aron Tanui (2:29.97) and Davyon Williams (2.07m/6-9½), respectively, following at No. 3. Farquahrson leads impressive Texans depth in 600, where Evaldo Whitehorne (1:18.68) completes a 1-2-4 unit, and 800, with Chevonne Hall (1:51.97) finishing a 2-4 listing.
Iowa Western CC remains at No. 2 with 17 top-10 marks and nearly cutting its previous deficit to No. 1 in half. The Reivers took over the No. 1 spot in the distance medley relay this weekend (9:59.41) with a foursome anchored by Yonas Mogos, who is No. 3 individually in the mile at 4:11.46. Also rating top-5 are Michael Buchanan (No. 3 in the long jump at 7.41m/24-3¾),Tahj Hamm in the 400 (No. 4 at 47.69), Cortney Watkins in the 60 hurdles (No. 4 at 8.01) and Nemoy Cockett in the weight throw (No. 4 at 16.04m/52-7½).
Moving up a notch to No. 3 is Iowa Central CC with 13 entries in the top-10. The Tritons have not only the national leader in the heptathlon in Aries Scott (4855), but four of the top-5 as well in Camron Ventura (No. 3 at 4024), Jaylen Burdine (No. 4 at 3678) and Nicola Paletti (No. 5 at 2821). Elsewhere, Martin Lamou is No. 2 in the triple jump (15.49m/50-10), Aspel Kiprob is No. 4 in the 5000 (14:43.97), Robin Aguilar Gonzalez is No. 5 in the 1000 (2:30.64) and Roman Kuleshov is No. 5 in the triple jump (14.96m/49-1).
Indian Hills (Iowa) CC drops down to No. 3 despite remaining steady with 14 spots in the top-10. Rivaldo Marshall is No. 1 in the 1000 at 2:27.92 and has a pair of No. 3 (600 at 1:18.56 and 800 at 1:51.53). Anley Akok follows Marshall in two of those events (No. 4 in the 1000 at 2:30.05 and No. 5 in the 800 at 1:53.71), while Kendrick Winfield and Aurel Tchanbi are 4-5 in the 200 at 21.45 and 21.47, respectively. Indian Hills has two more top-5 marks courtesy of the relays (No. 3 in the distance medley at 10:13.68 and No. 4 in the 4×400 at 3:14.75), with Marshall and Winfield running on both foursomes.
Breaking into the top-5 for the first time since 2017 is Butler (Kan.) CC at No. 5. The Grizzlies own the most top-10 marks this week with 19, four of which come as part of a 1-4-5 in the 60 led by National Athlete of the Week Caleb Jackson at 6.58. The other two top sprinters – Morgan Jamison (6.67) and Jerod Elcock (6.71) – can add top-5 entries in the 400 as well (Jamison No. 3 at 47.50, Elcock No. 5 at 47.95). Two other individuals in the top-5 are Joe Williams (No. in the 200 at 21.23) and Richard Newman (No. 4 in the long jump at 7.26m/23-10). Also in the top-5 is the Butler 4×400 team, No. 2 at 3:13.71.
Completing the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Barton (Kan.) CC, No. 7 Coffeyville (Kan.) CC, No. 8 Northwest Kansas Tech, No. 9 New Mexico JC and No. 10 Cloud County (Kan.) CC.
Just four weeks away is the NJCAA Indoor Championships, scheduled for March 4-5 at Pittsburg State’s Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.