2022 NCAA DII Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – It’s meet week!
Here is the Pre-Championships edition of the NCAA Division II Women’s Indoor Track & Field National TFRI for the 2022 season, as released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Let this serve as a team preview of the 2022 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships that will take place this weekend in Pittsburg, Kansas.
NCAA Division II — Women's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Grand Valley State
West Texas A&M
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Minnesota State, who finished runner-up a year ago, will headline the Pre-Championships TFRI as the top-ranked team and boast a gender-high 18 entries. The Mavericks have 11 performances that rank among the top-10 on the seasonal chart, including two national-leading marks from Makayla Jackson in the 60 and Denisha Cartwright in the 60H. Cartwright is also ranked second in the 200 and third in the 60, while Jackson is the fourth-seed in the long jump. In the weight throw, Katie Taylor and Brea Perron are ranked second and fourth, respectively.
Second-ranked Grand Valley State is no stranger to the podium and will be looking to defend its title. The Lakers have the second-most entries at 16, in which 12 of them are top-10 seasonal performers, including Judith Essemiah’s national-leading toss int he weight throw. Klaudia O’Malley has a hand in three top-5 qualifying marks, as she is ranked second in the mile, fifth in the 3000 and part of the third-ranked DMR. Other athletes that could score big for the Lakers include second-ranked Ellianne Kimes in the pole vault and fourth-ranked Emma Richards in the shot put.
Adams State remained at No. 3 and has 12 entries for the NCAA Championships. Eight of those entries are top-10 seasonal performers, including two national leaders. Brianna Robles is expected to have a big weekend, as she is the top-seed in the 5000, second in the 3000 and part of the top-ranked DMR. Joining Robles on that DMR is Nicole Lawrence, who is also ranked third individually in the mile.
Azusa Pacific climbed two spots from No. 6 to No. 4. The Cougars have 13 entries for the meet, in which eight are top-10 seasonal performers, including Chinenye Agina’s national lead in the high jump. The Cougars will rely heavily on Jaylah Walker, who is ranked second in the 60, third in the 200, fourth in the 400, and part of the 4×400 and DMR. Mechaela Hyacinth could also score big for Azusa Pacific, as she is ranked second in the 60 and eighth in the 200.
West Texas A&M fell one spot to No. 5, but is still in the hunt for a podium finish. The Lady Buffs hauled in 10 entries for the NCAA meet and have five performances sitting among the top-5: Taylor Nelloms (triple jump) and Zada Swoopes (shot put) are the national leaders in their events; Miriam Zanovello will enter as the fourth-seed in the triple jump; Leah Belfield is ranked fifth in the 60 and 200.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in the Pre-Championships edition with their entry totals listed: No. 6 Academy of Art (11), No. 7 Pittsburg State (9), No. 8 Central Missouri (8), No. 9 UC-Colorado Springs (12) and No. 10 Queens (N.C.) (seven).