2022 NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – Here is the second edition of the NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index for the 2022 season, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). No marks from previous seasons are used, which means this objective ranking is comprised solely of marks from the 2022 outdoor track & field season.
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British Columbia went from unranked to the top team in the nation. The Thunderbirds are back in action after not having an outdoor season since pre-COVID. They currently have 14 top-10 marks, leading the nation in three events. Dylan Urich ran the nation’s best steeplechase over the weekend (9:04.81) at the WWU Invitational. In addition to Urich, UBC has three other runners ranked in the top-10 in the steeple. The Thunderbirds also have four athletes ranked in the 5000-meter race walk. Tyler Dozzi (5000, 13:57.14) and Rowan Hamilton (hammer, 72.22m/237-0) are the other two Thunderbirds leading the NAIA in their respective event.
Southeastern (Fla.) dropped one spot to No. 2 in Week 2. The Fire are loaded in the sprints with 12 of their 15 top-10 marks coming from those events. SEU stacked the 100 and 110H with three athletes in the top-5 nationally in both events. Joseph Taylor has been phenomenal for the Fire with four individual top-10 marks thus far. Before the weekend, Taylor was already ranked in the 100 (No. 4, 10.48) and 200 (No. 6, 21.16), but he added onto his resume at the Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic recording the No. 10 400 (47.98) and No. 7 long jump (7.14m/23-5¼). Not to mention, he’s also a member of the second-ranked 4×100 squad (40.63).
The Master’s (Calif.) comes in at No. 3, dropping one spot from last week. The Mustangs have three runners ranked top-10 nationally in the 1500, 5000 and 10,000. Wesley Methum leads the NAIA in the 10,000 with a time of 29:39.30. He’s also No. 3 in the 5000 (14:16.57). Aside from Methum’s leading mark, the team’s next best mark is the 4×800 relay team coming in at No. 2 (7:37.50). Daniel Rush is the lone Mustang with three top-10 marks; No. 7 1500 (3:53.05), No. 10 5000 (14:28.59) and No. 6 10,000 (30:37.10). After not competing last week, the Mustangs had no new marks and sit at 11 top-10 marks.
Indiana Tech fell one spot to No. 4. Daunte O’Bannion’s 400 (46.16) continues to lead the nation for the second week in a row, along with the Warriors 4×400 relay (3:11.50). Collins Mokuah also stayed put at No. 2 in the 400H (52.95). No new top-10 marks were recorded over the weekend as Indiana Tech held steady with seven.
Keiser (Fla) jumped up four spots to round out the top-5. Vindero Lightfoot leads the Seahawks with a pair of top-10 marks in the 200 (No. 4, 21.10) and 400 (No. 9, 47.93). He’s also part of the No. 4 ranked 4×100 relay team. Cole Wilson has the teams highest ranked mark after finishing winning the decathlon (No. 2, 6,581) over the weekend at the Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic. Keiser has a total of eight top-10 marks.
Here are the remaining top-10 teams in Week 2: No. 6 Saint Mary (Kan.), No. 7 Dillard (La.), No. 8 Taylor (Ind.), No. 9 Midland (Neb.) and No. 10 Madonna (Mich.).
Mark your calendars for May 25-27, because that’s when the 2022 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held once again in Gulf Shores, Alabama.