2022 NCAA DII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 4
NEW ORLEANS – This past weekend did not disappoint!
Here is the fourth edition 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 during the season.
NCAA Division II — Men's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
West Texas A&M
Grand Valley State
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West Texas A&M remained at No. 1 for a second-straight week. Innocent Murwanashyaka led the Buffs with his 8:56.09 in the steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays, putting him at No. 12 on the NCAA DII Descending Order List. The Buffs have 14 total national top-10 performances this season, with four of them coming in the 100 meters alone. The Buffs also top the chart in three events: Benjamin Azamati in the 100 and 200 and the 4×400 relay.
Grand Valley State jumped two spots from No. 4 in Week 3 to No. 2 in Week 4. The Lakers gained six new or improved national top-10 efforts between a split squad in California and Georgia. Isaac Harding and Tanner Chada turned in NCAA DII all-time efforts in the 5000 at the Mt. SAC Relays: Harding ran 13:34.54 for the No. 2 time this season and No. 5 all-time; Chada clocked 13:37.81 for the No. 3 time this season and No. 9 all-time. Over at the Kennesaw State Invitational, Eli Kosiba moved to No. 3 on the Descending Order List in the high jump with a clearance of 2.15m (7-½).
That two spot climb by the Lakers pushed Texas A&M-Commerce and Pittsburg State down one spot each to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. While the Lions did not gain any new national marks, the Gorillas turned in a trio of stellar performances at the Bryan Clay Invitational. Two of those efforts are national-leading marks: Braylen Brewer ran the 400 in 46.48; Henry Kiner soared 16.36m (53-8¼) in the triple jump going. Brewer was also part of the Gorillas’ 4×400 relay that clocked the second-fastest time of the season of 3:09.48.
Adams State climbed into the top-5 for the second time this season after spending a week at No. 6. The Grizzlies picked up six new or improved national top-10 marks at the Bryan Clay Invitational, including two national leaders that turned in performances to crack the NCAA DII record book: Clement Duigou ran 13:53.28 to move to No. 7 all-time; Awet Beraki clocked 28:12.10 to sit at No. 6 all-time. Duigou also ran 13:53.28 in the 5000 for the sixth-best time this season.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 4: No. 6 Central Missouri (down one spot), No. 7 CSU Pueblo (held steady), No. 8 UC-Colorado Springs (up one spot), No. 9 Missouri Southern (up one spot) and No. 10 Colorado School of Mines (down two spots). No one was better than Reece Sharman-Newell of CSU Pueblo, who became the No. 2 performer in NCAA DII history with his 1:45.56 in the 800 and narrowly missing the DII record by 0.32 seconds.
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!