2022 NJCAA DI Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 3
NEW ORLEANS – South Plains (Texas) continues to be a dominant No. 1 as the Week 3 edition of the 2022 NJCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor National Track & Field Rating Index were released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
No marks from previous seasons have been used as this objective list is compiled solely of current marks from the 2022 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
NJCAA Division I — Men's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
South Plains (Texas)
Barton (Kan.) CC
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
Iowa Western CC
Iowa Central CC
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South Plains (Texas) – defending co-champions – is No. 1 by its smallest margin all year, but that is still more than 300 points ahead of anyone else. The Texans have eight national leaders among its 28 top-10 performances. In addition to topping all three relays, SPC has five athletes leading events – Jeremy Bembridge in the 400 (46.17), Kimar Farquharson in the 800 (1:46.88), Chris Robinson in the 400 hurdles (50.96), Kudakwashe Chadenga in the high jump (2.22m/7-3¼) and Thomas Nieto in the pole vault (5.41m/17-9). The Texans go 1-2 in three of those events as they also own the No. 2 mark – the 400 (Hossam Hatib at 46.63), 800 (Aron Tanui at 1:48.76) and 400 hurdles (Caio Almeida at 51.95). Also owning at No. 2 mark is decathlete Nelvin Appiah-Konadu (6660).
Barton (Kan.) CC – defending co-champion with South Plains – is the new No. 2, continuing its rise from No. 5 and No. 4 earlier. The Cougars added more than 10 top-10 marks and now have 27 (one behind South Plains). In terms of top-5 marks, however, no program has more than Barton’s 22. The Cougars gained a third national leader as Almond Small tops the 200 at 20.57 to join Shakwon Coke (7.83m/25-8¼ in the long jump) and Brandon Lloyd (56.97m/186-11 in the discus) as an event leader.
Maintaining the No. 3 position is Cloud County (Kan.) CC. The T-Birds have 15 top-10 marks, led by hammer thrower Mohamed Ahmed at 62.46m/204-11. Vincent Ugwoke rates No. 2 in the discus at 55.37m/181-8.
Rising to its highest this year is No. 4 Iowa Western CC. The Reivers have 11 top-10 marks with highest being contributed by Cortney Watkins, who leads the 110 hurdles at 13.94w. Seven of Iowa Western’s top-10 marks rate among the top-5.
Iowa Central CC drops to No. 5 after two weeks as No. 2. The Tritons have 13 top-10 marks, with eight in the top-5. Tops individually is Martin Lamou, who leads the triple jump at 16.33m/53-7.
Rounding out the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Mesa (Ariz.) CC, No. 7 Butler (Kan.) CC, No. 8 Coffeyville (Kan.) CC, No. 9 Indian Hills (Iowa) CC and No. 10 New Mexico JC.
Keep May 19-21 circled on your calendars, as that’s when the 2022 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled at Hutchinson (Kan.) CC’s Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson, Kansas.