2022 NJCAA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – Iowa Western CC improved its slight lead over New Mexico JC to remain No. 1 in Week 4 of the 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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The margin between No. 1 and No. 2 isn’t as tight as last week’s miniscule 0.06 points as the Reivers now lead the T-Birds by 3.40 points – still very close with a thrilling team battle looming at the NJCAA Indoor Championships on March 4-5. The rest of the top-5 remained in the same order as last week.
Iowa Western CC maintained its total of top-10 marks at 25, with an impressive six of those perched at No. 1. Hilda Chebet – the current National Athlete of the Week – has two of them in the mile (4:51.81) and 5000 meters (17:08.71) while adding the No. 2 time in the 1000 (2:51.93). Four more Reivers are No. 1 – Mercy Biwott in the 3000 (10:13.92), Alliyah McNeil in the high jump (1.78m/5-10), Victory George in the triple jump (12.23m/40-1½) and Antonia Sealy in the pentathlon (3308). Biwott and McNeil join Chebet with top-5 marks in multiple events (Biwott adding a No. 4 in the 5000 at 17:54.46, McNeil a No. 5 in the long jump at 5.77m/5-11¼). Also rating high in a pair of events is Terresha Walcott (No. 2 in the 60 at 7.49, No. 3 in the 200 at 24.38), while Miracle Ailes completes a Reivers 1-2 in the high jump at 1.75m/5-8¾. A trio more can add No. 3 ratings – Nickisha Pryce in the 600 (1:34.12), Dyandra Gray in the 60 hurdles (8.46) and Osayi Omorodion in the long jump (6.10m/20-0¼).
New Mexico JC still leads the nation in top-10 (28) and top-5 (17) marks. Simeone McLeod remains the nation’s fastest in the 60 hurdles at 8.37 with Ewe Awusa (8.45) finishing a potent 1-2 combination. The T-Birds can add a whopping seven more No. 2 rankings – two each from Deshana Skeete (200 at 24.18 and 400 at 55.41) and Damaris Chewon (3000 at 10:18.10 and 5000 at 17:19.11). Calisha Taylor is No. 2 in the 600 (1:33.95) and Aaliyah Lindsey is No. 2 in the pentathlon (3144) – Lindsey can add three more top-5 marks with the triple jump (No. 3 at 11.85m/38-10½), long jump (No. 4 at 5.95m/19-6¼) and high jump (No. 5 at 1.67m/5-5¾). Awusa owns two more high-ranking efforts in the 200 (No. 4 at 24.58) and 60 (No. 5 at 7.60). The T-Birds also have the No. 2 4×800 team at 9:49.06.
No. 3 Cloud County (Kan.) CC has 17 top-10 marks. The T-Birds have the No. 1 4×800 relay team (9:22.84) and four No. 3 performances – Vimbayi Maisvorewa in the 400 (55.66), Tahisha Thompson in the weight throw (15.49m/50-10), Vanessa Mercera in the pentathlon (3128) and the 4×400 relay (3:47.24).
At No. 4, South Plains (Texas) improved its tally of top-10 marks to 16. The Texans are led by long jump national leader Joniar Thomas (6.21m/20-4½) while the 4×800 team is No. 2 at 9:44.59. Success Umukoro has a pair of top-5 efforts (No. 3 in the 60 at 7.53, No. 5 in the 200 at 24.64). TaraLee McKarns and Dejah Fuller add top-3 rankings in the pole vault (3.35m/10-11¾) and triple jump (11.85m/38-10½), respectively.
No. 5 Barton (Kan.) CC has been in the top-5 all season and remains with the second-most number of national leaders at three. Ashantae Harvey had a share in two of those over the weekend, taking the national lead in the 400 at 55.26 and leading off the Cougars’ 4×400 relay team (3:42.51). Remaining No. 1 is shot putter Kelsie Murrell-Ross (15.04m/49-4¼). The Cougars have two athletes with a pair of top-5 marks – Nia Robinson (No. 2 in long jump at 6.17m/20-3, No. 5 in the high jump at 1.67m/5-5¾) and Kayan Green (No. 3 in the 1000 at 2:57.42, No. 5 in the 600 at 1:34.22).
Finishing the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Iowa Central CC, No. 7 Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.), No. 8 Indian Hills (Iowa) CC, No. 9 Southern Idaho and No. 10 Highland (Kan.) CC. The latter two programs are making their first appearance this year in the Top-10, Southern Idaho also doubling as the week’s biggest mover after moving up nine spots from last week.
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.