2022 NCAA DII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1

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Here is the first installment of the 2022 NCAA Division II Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday. 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.

NCAA Division II — Men's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Grand Valley State
West Texas A&M
CSU Pueblo
Texas A&M-Commerce
Pittsburg State
1
Grand Valley State
2
West Texas A&M
3
CSU Pueblo
4
Texas A&M-Commerce
5
Pittsburg State
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Defending champion Grand Valley State will debut the season at No. 1. The Lakers came out swinging the first few weeks of the season as they hauled in 16 national top-10 marks across 12 different events. Two of Grand Valley State’s athletes top the Descending Order List: Caleb Futter in the steeplechase (8:49.16); Isaac Harding in the 10,000 (28:25.98) to become the No. 9 performer in DII history. Other top-5 performers for Grand Valley State are Jackson Blanchard in the 400H (No. 2), Tanner Chada in the 10,000 (No. 3), Myles Kerner in the shot put (No. 4) and Hunter Harding in the hammer throw (No. 2). The Lakers also have a pair of highly-ranked relays.

West Texas A&M finds itself at No. 2 to begin the season. The Buffs have 12 national top-10 marks, including four national leaders. No one has been better than Benjamin Azamati, who clocked the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history in the 100 meters of 9.90 at the Texas Relays, also shattering his own NCAA DII record. Bassem Hemeida is also the national leader in the 400H at 51.46, while the Buffs’ 4×100 and 4×400 relays hold the nation’s quickest times.

CSU Pueblo is ranked No. 3 in Week 1. The Thunder Wolves have 11 national top-10 marks, including two national leaders in Reece Sharman-Newell in the 800 (1:46.59c/1:47.16A) and Justin Jenks in the shot put (19.18m/62-11¼). Sharman-Newell is one of three athletes ranked among the top-10 in the 800, alongside Kaleb Tipton at No. 6 and Nathan Hood at No. 9. Sharman-Newell is also ranked second in the 1500. In the shot put, Nathaniel Miller is ranked No. 2 to give the Thunder Wolves a sweep of the top-2 spots, while Tyrell Smith has a trio of top-10 performances in the 400 (No. 5), 200 (No. 6) and 100 (No. 10).

Texas A&M-Commerce will start the season at No. 4. The Lions may only have eight national top-10 marks, but they come with some punch. Two of those efforts are national-leading performances from Ushan Perea in the high jump (2.27m/7-5¼) and Elmar Schutte in the pole vault (5.35m/17-6½). The Lions hold five additional marks on the Descending Order List that sit among the top-5 in their respective events, including two in the 100 and the second-ranked 4×100 relay.

Pittsburg State rounds out the top-5 in Week 1. The Gorillas have nine national top-10 marks, including a pair of national leading performances from Louis Rollins in the 110H (13.85w) and Mason Strader in the 1500 (3:42.55c/3:47.33A). You’ll also find Strader ranked fourth in the 800. No athlete on the team has more top-10 marks than Konner Swenson, who is ranked in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 UC-Colorado Springs, No. 7 Lee (Tenn.), No. 8 Harding, No. 9 Adams State and No. 10 Southern Connecticut.

Mark your calendars for May 26-28, because that’s when the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan!

NCAA Division II
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2022 Week #1 - March 29th

Top 25 Teams
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National
Rank
 TeamPointsConferenceRegionCHANGE
1grand-valley-stateGRAND VALLEY STATE280.74GLIAC (1)Midwest◀▶
(LW: 1)
2west-texas-amWEST TEXAS A&M234.57Lone Star (1)South Central◀▶
(LW: 2)
3csu-puebloCSU PUEBLO177.33RMAC (10)South CentralNR
4texas-am-commerceTEXAS A&M-COMMERCE151.21Lone Star (2)South Central▲3
(LW: 7)
5pittsburg-statePITTSBURG STATE138.81MIAA (1)Central▼1
(LW: 4)
6uc-colorado-springsUC-COLORADO SPRINGS131.16RMAC (1)South Central▲16
(LW: 22)
7lee-tennLEE (TENN.)120.00GSC (2)South▲15
(LW: 22)
8hardingHARDING115.55GAC (1)Central▲45
(LW: 53)
9adams-stateADAMS STATE110.90RMAC (4)South Central▲6
(LW: 15)
10southern-connecticutSOUTHERN CONNECTICUT104.65Northeast-10 (1)East◀▶
(LW: 10)
11cal-poly-pomonaCAL POLY POMONA100.16CCAA (1)WestNR
12azusa-pacificAZUSA PACIFIC94.84PacWest (1)West▲23
(LW: 35)
13central-missouriCENTRAL MISSOURI91.35MIAA (4)Central▼2
(LW: 11)
14alabama-huntsvilleALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE83.43GSC (1)South▲27
(LW: 41)
15angelo-stateANGELO STATE80.94Lone Star (3)South Central▼12
(LW: 3)
16lincoln-moLINCOLN (MO.)73.72MIAA (3)Central▲5
(LW: 21)
17mount-oliveMOUNT OLIVE69.82Conference Carolinas (1)SoutheastNR
18fort-hays-stateFORT HAYS STATE63.74MIAA (5)Central▼1
(LW: 17)
19limestoneLIMESTONE56.17SAC (5)Southeast▼5
(LW: 14)
20chadron-stateCHADRON STATE55.66RMAC (3)South Central▲16
(LW: 36)
21fresno-pacificFRESNO PACIFIC54.67PacWest (2)WestNR
22academy-of-artACADEMY OF ART53.80PacWest (3)West▼5
(LW: 17)
23queens-n-cQUEENS (N.C.)51.71SAC (1)Southeast▲7
(LW: 30)
24wingateWINGATE49.62SAC (2)SoutheastNR
25colo-school-of-minesCOLO. SCHOOL OF MINES49.07RMAC (2)South Central▼19
(LW: 6)


Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6Week #7Week #8Week #9
West Texas A&M221111111
Grand Valley State114222222
Texas A&M-Commerce432333333
Pittsburg State553445444
Adams State946554555
Central Missouri13105666666
Lincoln (Mo.)161914171420777
Southern Connecticut10141714161721118
Colo. School of Mines25881077989
Missouri Southern4916109111481010
CSU Pueblo367789101211
Ashland30231911121011912
Angelo State15711131011131613
UC-Colorado Springs6119898121514
Azusa Pacific122124202313161415
Academy of Art222422252516201716
Washburn1073030181719181917
Queens (N.C.)23912151512141318
Carson-Newman314223232718172019
Alabama-Huntsville142021292124282220
Augustana (S.D.)10541262625192121
Simon Fraser632226242226262722
Minnesota State972834363638242323
Harding81516192027292524
Fort Hays State181315161822222425
Neb.-Kearney321820211921272926
Davenport (Mich.)4329353029232627
Lindenwood272918222423252828
Northwest Missouri262527272828313333
Cal Poly Pomona111725282930323534
Limestone193236505259403635
Mount Olive172731493840364241
Fresno Pacific213940444543455049
Chadron State203145374445505352
Wingate243433464956526157
Lee (Tenn.)71213121315151859

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field

2022 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConference TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
Week 1Tue 3/29
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Mon 3/28
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Week 2Tue 4/5
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Mon 4/4
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Week 3Tue 4/12
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Mon 4/11
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Week 4Tue 4/19
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Mon 4/18
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Week 5Tue 4/26
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Mon 4/25
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Week 6Tue 5/3
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Mon 5/2
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Week 7Tue 5/10
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Mon 5/9
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Week 8Tue 5/17
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Mon 5/16
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Week 9Mon 5/23
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FINAL ResultsSun 5/29