2022 NCAA DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5
NEW ORLEANS – We’re one week closer to the postseason.
With that being said, let’s jump right into the newest edition of the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index that was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. Only marks from the current season are being used, which gives a comprehensive, objective look at which teams have stood out during the season.
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Like it has all season, Texas headlines the National TFRI for a fifth-straight week. Texas A&M is the new No. 2 after improving one spot, which dropped Florida down to No. 3. LSU held steady at No. 4, while Texas Tech gained one spot from No. 6 to No. 5 to round out this week’s top teams.
While the Longhorns, Aggies and Gators may not have turned in any new or improved national top-10 efforts this past weekend, there’s a reason why all three have stayed ranked within the top-3 since Week 2. They combine for 26 marks that rank among the top-5 in their respective events, including seven national-leading efforts.
LSU gained an improved national top-10 effort from Nyagoa Bayak was the top performer for the Tigers at the LSU Alumni Gold. She turned in a season best clearance of 1.85m (6-¾) in the high jump to improve her position to No. 9 on the Descending Order List. LSU has four athletes that continue to top the charts in their respective events: Alia Armstrong in the 100H with a windy 12.33 (+2.5); Favour Ofili with a collegiate record of 21.96 (+1.3) in the 200; Katy-Ann McDonald in the 800 at 2:00.98; Lisa Gunnarsson in the pole vault at 4.65m (15-3).
Texas Tech is back in the top-5 after adding a new national top-10 mark to its season total. Competing in the long jump for the first time this outdoor season, Ruth Usoro soared 6.51m (21-4¼) at the Michael Johnson Invitational to move No. 10 on the Descending Order List. The Red Raiders now have two athletes ranked in the top-10 in the long jump, as Monae’ Nichols continues to lead the nation with a wind-aided 6.89m (22-7 ¼) (+3.1) from the Mt. SAC Relays.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 5: No. 6 Arkansas (down one spot), No. 7 Kentucky, No. 8 BYU, No. 9 Oregon (up one spot) and No. 10 Ohio State (up two spots). The top performance from this group came from Abby Steiner of Kentucky, who clocked 22.05 (+0.5) over 200 meters to become the No. 4 performer in collegiate history.
Mark your calendars for June 8-11, because that’s when the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon!