2022 NCAA DII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – It’s crunch time, which means it’s the final weekend for athletes to get into position to punch their tickets to the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships!
Here is the newest 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
All TFRI Reports
The National TFRI had a plethora of changes after a big weekend of conference championships, but the top-3 teams remained the same: West Texas A&M is the headliner for a fifth-straight week, followed by No. 2 Grand Valley State and No. 3 Texas A&M-Commerce.
The top-ranked Buffs romped to their second-consecutive Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship and turned in five new or improved national top-10 marks. The biggest performance came from Benjamin Azamati, as the Ghana product lowered his national lead in the 100 by winning in a windy 9.86, which is the fastest all-conditions mark in NCAA DII history. Jahmaal Wilson also clocked a wind-legal 13.76 in the 110H to better his position at No. 2 on the Descending Order List.
The second-ranked Lakers, who just won their fourth-straight team title at the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, added three new or improved national top-10 performances to their ledger. Eli Kosiba is now No. 2 in the high jump after clearing 2.20m (7-2½). Brandon Miller also improved to No. 5 nationally in the 200 (20.79), while Jacob Urban cracked the top-10 in the hammer throw (No. 9, 62.02m/203-6).
The third-ranked Lions placed second at the Lone Star Conference and gained four new or improved national top-10 marks. Delan Edwin led the way with two season best efforts in the 200 (No. 2, 20.66) and 100 (No. 5, 10.22). Moaz Ibrahim bettered his current national lead in the discus to 58.07m (190-6), while Dodley Thermitus soared to No. 6 in the triple jump (15.59m/51-1¾).
Pittsburg State climbed one spot to No. 4 after the Gorillas picked up five new or improved national top-10 marks on its way to winning the MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Gorillas have two of the top-3 performances in the 110H: Louis Rollins lowered his national lead to 13.43, which moves him to No. 2 in NCAA DII history; TJ Caldwell made a huge improvement to No. 3 on the Descending Order List with his 13.84 clocking. Rollins was also part of the 4×100 relay that turned in a season best 39.97 for the No. 5 time this season. In the field events, Trey Mooney is ranked No. 4 in the decathlon (7195) and Caleb Calvin is No. 6 in the javelin (66.94m/219-8).
Adams State fell one spot to No. 5 to no fault of its own. The Grizzlies had one improved national top-10 effort at the Air Force Twilight Open. Leroy Elliott clocked a season best 13.89 in the 110H and is now ranked No. 6 on the Descending Order List.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 7: No. 6 Central Missouri (unchanged), No. 7 Lincoln (Mo.) (up 13 spots), No. 8 Missouri Southern (up six spots), No. 9 Colorado School of Mines (down two spots) and No. 10 CSU Pueblo (down one spot). The Blue Tigers and Lions achieved season-best rankings following strong showings at the MIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships: the Blue Tigers added six new or improved national top-10 marks, led by Reuben Nichols’ national lead in the 400 (46.15); the Lions had three new or improved national top-10 marks, with the top mark coming from Rajheim Carby in the javelin (No. 2, 71.13m/233-5).
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!