2022 NCAA DI Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – Conference Championships Weekend was a blur!
Here is the newest edition of the NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index for the 2022 season, as released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is a comprehensive, objective look at the 2022 season, using only marks from the current NCAA DI Descending Order Lists.
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The Georgia Bulldogs have barked up the right tree this season. Georgia jumped previous No. 1 Arkansas, previous No. 2 North Carolina A&T and previous No. 3 Texas on its way to the No. 1 spot in Week 6. The Bulldogs have been a force in 2022, recording seven national top-10 marks across six events: Matthew Boling has his fingerprints on four of those with his No. 1 billing in both the 200 and long jump, the ninth-fastest mark in the 60 and toting the baton on the third-ranked 4×400 relay. Kyle Garland improved his seasonal best in the heptathlon to PR 6205 in a winning effort at the SEC Indoor Championships this past weekend in College Station, Texas.
The Razorbacks dropped to No. 2 to no fault of its own. Arkansas has seven national top-10 marks with a national leader in the heptathlon from Ayden Owens at 6272 points (Owens also holds the second-best performance in collegiate history with that score). James Benson II led Arkansas at the SEC Indoor Championships this past weekend with a PR of 45.88 in the 400, which moved him up to No. 7 on the seasonal chart (Benson is also a member of the fourth-ranked 4×400 relay as well as the 12th-ranked distance medley relay).
The Greensboro-based Aggies also fell one spot, but have a staggering six national top-10 marks, all of which reside in the top-5 of their respective events. Rasheem Brown improved his hold on the fifth-best performer on the season chart in the 60-meter hurdles with his 7.63 effort this past weekend at the MEAC Indoor Championships. Randolph Ross Jr. is still ranked among the top-5 seasonal performers in the 400 (No. 1, 44.83), 200 (No. 5, 20.57) and the 4×400 relay (No. 5).
The Longhorns continue to hold steady in the top-5, coming in at No. 4 this week. Texas saw a strong effort from Crayton Carrozza in the 800 this past weekend, as he moved up to No. 6 on the seasonal chart with his 1:47.22. While it doesn’t count on the seasonal Descending Order List for this particular Rating Index, Jonathan Jones set an all-time world best in the 600.
Texas Tech didn’t move from its previous spot, which was No. 5. The Red Raiders added a trio of national top-10 marks this past weekend at the Big 12 Indoor Championships: Jalen Seals in the triple jump (No. 8, 16.31m/53-6¼); Gary Haasbroek in the heptathlon (5833); and Caleb Wilburn in the high jump (No. 10, 2.20m/7-2½).
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 6: No. 6 Oregon (up 10 spots), No. 7 Florida (up three spots); No. 8 Alabama (down three spots), No. 9 Tennessee (up two spots) and No. 10 Notre Dame (down two spots). The Ducks were buoyed by their distance runners at the Boston University Last Chance Meet this past weekend, as Jack Yearian and Reed Brown moved into the top-10 of the mile and Aaron Bienenfeld cracked the top-5 of the 5000.
Mark your calendars for March 11-12, as that’s when the 2022 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama!