2022 NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – After three consecutive weeks of the same top-4 teams, a shakeup occurred in the third through fifth spots, but British Columbia and Indiana Tech remain as the top-2 teams in Week 7 of USTFCCCA NAIA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index (TFRI).
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Top-ranked British Columbia added onto their strong resume over the weekend to continue to separate themselves in the National TFRI and remain as the top team for the sixth-straight week. The Thunderbirds competed at the Portland Twilight and stacked the 5000 meters, walking away with five top-10 marks including the national-leading mark and NAIA all-time record. Glynis Sim won the race with a time of 15:39.23, narrowly breaking the previous NAIA record by 0.42 seconds. She currently leads the division by more than 43 seconds. Holly MacGillivray (No. 3, 16:27.32), Katie Newlove (No. 7, 16:48.13), Kyla Becker (No. 8, 16:50.73) and Rachel Mortimer (No. 10, 16:56.34), were the other athletes who recorded top-10 marks in the event. In the steeplechase, Jenna Melanson took home the win with a time of 10:11.03, giving her the national lead. The Thunderbirds also ran the fifth-best 4×800 relay (9:15.51).
No. 2 Indiana Tech defended their team title for the third time at the WHAC Outdoor Championships. The Warriors remain second in the National TFRI for the fourth-straight week. Three new top-10 efforts were recorded over the weekend. In the 100 meters, Sha’Londa Terry brought home the victory after running the fifth-best time of 11.75. She also won the 200 title. Katlyn Jones won the 100H with the No. 4 time of 13.84. Lisa Voyles cruised to a 2:08.44 800 win, earning the win by nine seconds. She improved her national-leading mark by almost a full second. The defending Indoor National Champions will head to the University of St. Francis this weekend for one last meet before Outdoor Nationals.
Concordia (Neb.) moves up one spot to No. 3 after capturing the GPAC Conference Championship over conference rival Hastings. Jordan Koepke and Sarah Lewis finished first and third in the 400H, running the No. 2 (59.90) and No. 5 (1:01.91) best times in NAIA, respectively. The pair also helped the Bulldogs finish second in the 4×400 (No. 5, 3:48.93). Josie Puelz won the pole vault clearing 3.85m (12-7½) and remains the NAIA leader with her season best of 4.10m (13-5¼).
After making their debut in the top five last week, Hastings (Neb.) moves into the No. 4 spot right behind their conference foe. The Broncos are coming off a second place finish at the GPAC Outdoor Championships. Kiara Anderson recorded two top-10 marks in the shot put (No. 6, 14.22m/46-8) and the discus (47.12m/154-7), en route to a runner-up and first-place finish, respectively. Nisa Thomas finished second in the 400H with the No. 3 time of 1:01.54, giving the Broncos 12 top-10 efforts.
No. 5 William Carey (Miss.) falls two spots after not competing last week. The Crusaders will be back in action this weekend as they host a last chance meet. Heading into the weekend they have 11 top-10 efforts with three national-leading marks and three No. 2 marks.
Outside the top five, No. 8 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and No. 10 Friends (Kan.) both moved up one spot.
Olivet Nazarene won their 11th-straight team title at the CCAC Championships, breaking the conference record with 352 team points. The Tigers set a new mark with their win in the 4×100 (No. 8, 46.92) and Madeleine Robinson won the shot put with the third-best throw of 14.71m (48-3¼).
Friends finished second at the KCAC Outdoor Championships. Aubrey Donley helped the Falcons earn 40 points as she won the 800 and 1500 and was part of the winning 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams. She ran the No. 10 time in the 1500 (4:33.96) and the 4×800 team ran the seventh-fastest time of 9:17.00.
Just two weeks remain until the start of the 2022 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships that will be held in Gulf Shores, Ala., May 25-27.