2022 NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – Spring has sprung!
Here is the debut edition of the NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index for the 2022 season. Only marks from the current season are being used, which gives a comprehensive, objective look at which teams have stood out in the early goings.
NAIA — Women's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
William Carey (Miss.)
The Master's (Calif.)
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William Carey (Miss.) opens the season ranked first. The Crusaders own 11 national top-10 marks this season, of which six top the charts: Joy Abu in the 100-meter hurdles (13.60), 400 meters (54.97) and 400-meter hurdles (57.78); Brittany Jones in the long jump (6.00m/19-8¼); Nevagant Jones in the triple jump (12.45m/40-10¼); and the 4×100 relay (45.49).
The Master’s (Calif.) holds down the No. 2 spot in Week 1. The Mustangs gathered 12 national top-10 marks so far this season with a majority of them in the distance events. The Master’s has multiple top-5 performers in the 1500 meters and 10,000 meters. Ellen Palmgren tops the chart in the 1500m at 4:29.44 and is ranked second nationally in the 800 meters (2:13.48).
Indoor national champion Indiana Tech comes into the new campaign ranked third. The Warriors opened the 2022 outdoor season in a big way this past weekend, notching 11 national top-10 performances. Lisa Voyles is the only top-ranked athlete from Indiana Tech with her 2:12.89 effort in the 800 meters, but the Warriors have three others ranked second in their respective events, which also includes Voyles in the 1500 meters (4:30.29).
Fourth-ranked Vanguard (Calif.) and fifth-ranked Southeastern (Fla.) aren’t separated by too many ranking points in Week 1. The Lions proudly own 11 national top-10 efforts, while the Fire scorched eight so far this season. Between those two programs, only Southeastern (Fla.) has a national leader, which comes in the guise of its 4×400 relay (3:49.56).
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Southern Oregon, No. 7 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), No. 8 Marian (Ind.), No. 9 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and No. 10 Taylor (Ind.).
Mark your calendars for May 25-27, as that’s when the 2022 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held once again in Gulf Shores, Alabama.