2022 NCAA DII Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – Another week filled with a lot of changes.
Here is the third installment of the 2022 NCAA Division II Women’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 throughout the season.
NCAA Division II — Women's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
West Texas A&M
Grand Valley State
All TFRI Reports
West Texas A&M and Grand Valley State held steady at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. The Lady Buffs played host to the Jo Meaker Classic and hauled in nine new or improved national top-10 performances, paced by Leah Belfield taking over the national lead in the 100 (11.46cw) and moving to No. 2 in the 200 (23.38cw). Alana Wilson also added a pair of top-5 performances in the 100 (No. 2, 11.53cw) and 200 (No. 4, 23.74cw), while Eleonora Curtabbi clocked the second-fastest 800 of the season (2:08.29c) and the Lady Buffs’ 4×100 relay bettered its national lead in the event.
For the Lakers, Natalie Graber moved to No. 10 on the Descending Order List in the steeplechase with her 10:53.92 showing at the Flames Invitational. Grand Valley State could bring some changes to next week’s National TFRI with the Mt. SAC Relays and Kennesaw State Invitational on their schedule.
Fresno Pacific improved one spot to No. 3 thanks to some outstanding sprint performances at the Pomona-Pitzer Invite. The Sunbirds picked up two improved season bests in the 200 that rank among the nation’s top-10: Kyla Richardson took over the national lead in the 200 at 23.22w; Danae Manibog moved to No. 8 at 23.93w. Those two are also part of Fresno Pacific’s second-ranked 4×100 relay (45.53).
Azusa Pacific fell one spot to No. 4 through no fault of its own. The Cougars had two new or improved national top-5 efforts at the Pomona Pitzer Invite: Mechaela Hyacinth ran 23.69w to debut at No. 3 in the 200; Luisa Fischer is ranked No. 5 in the javelin (46.97m/154-1). Azusa Pacific will host the Bryan Clay Invitational from Wednesday to Friday.
Texas A&M-Commerce jumped four spots to round out this week’s top-5. Mariana Shostak took over the national lead in the 400 after clocking 53.44 in the one lap event and anchored the Lions’ eighth-ranked 4×100 relay (46.10). In the field events, Candesha Scott is No. 3 in the javelin (49.46m (162-3) and Minna Sveard is No. 8 in the pole vault (4.05n/13-3½)
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 3: No. 6 Minnesota State (up four spots), No. 7 Angelo State (down two spots), No. 8 Queens (N.C.) (held steady), No. 9 Adams State (down three spots) and No. 10 Pittsburg State (up nine spots). The Mavericks had two athletes soar into the top-5 of the Descending Order List in the long jump: Makayla Jackson is the national leader after turning in one of the best all-conditions marks of 6.54mw (21-5½); Kary Petricka is No. 5 at 6.15m (20-2¼). For the Gorillas, Christine Williams had a hand in a pair of No. 5 performances in the 200 (23.76) and as a member of the 4×400 relay (3:45.73).
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!