2022 NJCAA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – Iowa Western CC inched ahead of New Mexico JC to claim the No. 1 spot in the Week 3 NJCAA Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Track & Field Ratings Index (TFRI), as released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The TFRI serves as an objective means to compare programs solely of current marks from the 2022 indoor track & field season.
NJCAA — Women's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Iowa Western CC
New Mexico JC
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
South Plains (Texas)
Barton (Kan.) CC
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While the Reivers own the highest point total in this week’s TFRI, the margin of 0.06 points between Nos. 1 and 2 is so minimal that this is considered a virtual tie at the top, portending a thrilling team battle at the NJCAA Indoor Championships on March 4-5.
Iowa Western CC’s ascent to No. 1 is also a second-straight week of making its highest-ever appearance after last week’s No. 2 showing. The Reivers added five more top-10 marks to its collection of 25, with team owning national leads in an impressive six events. Hilda Chebet owns a pair of leaders, topping the mile (4:57.14) and 5000 meters (17:08.71), posting both times last weekend at the Bearcat Invitational. Iowa Western posted national-leading marks in three more events at the same meet – Mercy Biwott in the 3000 (10:13.92), Alliyah McNeil in the high jump (1.78m/5-10) and Antonia Sealy in the pentathlon (3308) – while Victory George is also tops in the triple jump (12.23m/40-1½). McNeil and Biwott join Chebet with top-5 marks in two events (Biwott adding a No. 3 in the 5000 at 17:54.46, McNeil a No. 5 in the long jump at 5.77m/5-11¼), while still two more Reivers have the same distinction – Nickisha Pryce in the 600 (No. 2 at 1:34.12) and 400 (No. 5 at 56.21) and Osayi Omorodion in the long jump (No. 3 at 6.10m/20-0¼) and 60 hurdles (No. 4 at 8.55).
New Mexico JC drops ever so slightly to No. 2 despite improving its total of top-10 marks to 28, most in the nation. Two T-Birds own nation-leading marks – repeat National Athlete of the Week Simeone McLeod in the 60 hurdles (8.37) and Deshana Skeete in the 400 (55.41); Skeete is also No. 2 in the 200 (24.18). Aaliyah Lindsay has a whopping four top-5 marks – No. 2 in the pentathlon at 3144, No. 3 in the triple jump at 11.85m/38-10½ and No. 4 in both the high jump (1.67m/5-5¾) and long jump (5.95m/19-6¼) – while Ewe Awusa checks in with three top-5 efforts (No. 2 in the 60 hurdles at 8.45, No. 3 in the 200 at 24.58 and No. 4 in the 60 at 7.60). Damaris Chewon adds a pair of No. 2 marks in the 3000 (10:18.10) and 5000 (17:19.11).
Cloud County (Kan.) CC remains No. 3 with 23 top-10 marks. The T-Birds also have 10 top-5 marks, led the national-leading 4×800 relay team (9:33.09). Two individuals own the No. 2 performance – Vimbayi Maisvorewa in the 400 (55.66) and Tahisha Thompson in the weight throw (15.49m/50-10). Pamela Milano is top-5 in the 600 (1:34.47) and 800 (2:16.49), rating No. 5 in both.
The biggest mover in the Top 10 is South Plains (Texas), up four places to a season-high No. 4. The Texans have 15 top-10 marks, led by long jump national leader Joniar Thomas (6.21m/20-4½). Success Umukoro adds a pair of top-5 efforts (No. 4 in the 200 at 24.64, No. 5 in the 60 at 7.63).
Moving down one spot to No. 5 is Barton (Kan.) CC after taking a weekend off from competition. The Cougars own 12 top-10 marks and lead the country in three events, with Kayan Green in the 1000 (2:57.42), Kelsie Murrell-Ross in the shot put (15.04m/49-4¼) and the 4×400 relay (3:46.21). Green is also No. 3 in the 600 (1:34.22), while Nia Robinson is No. 2 in the long jump (6.17m/20-3).
Completing the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Indian Hills (Iowa) CC, No. 7 Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.), No. 8 Iowa Central CC, No. 9 Fort Scott (Kan.) CC and No. 10 Cowley (Kan.).
March 4-5 is circled on everyone’s calendar, as that’s when the NJCAA Indoor Championships are scheduled at Pittsburg State’s Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.