2023 NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – Indiana Tech starts off the year in good position for a third-straight NAIA women’s indoor national title, leading the Week 1 edition of the 2023 NAIA Women’s Indoor National Track & Field Rating Index, which was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Only marks from the current indoor track & field season have been used in this objective compilation.
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William Carey (Miss.)
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Indiana Tech – which convincingly won the last two NAIA women’s indoor titles – has 13 top-10 marks in the rankings. All but three of the Warriors’ top-10 efforts are also in the top-5, led by national leader Lisa Voyles in the mile (4:50.74).
Following less than six points behind is No. 2 Concordia (Neb.), who finished third in last year’s nationals. The Bulldogs have 12 top-10 marks, including a pair national-leading marks – Amy Richert in the pentathlon (3487) and the distance medley relay team (12:20.68).
William Carey (Miss.) opens the season at No. 3. The Crusaders – runner-up in the last three NAIA indoor nationals – have 12 top-10 marks and can match Indiana Tech with 10 in the top-5. They are led by a trio of national leaders – Salieci Myles in the 60-meter hurdles (8.38), Joy Abu in the 200 (24.35) and Lina May in the 5000 (16:57.07).
Huntington (Ind.) is No. 4. The Foresters have 10 top-10 marks with eight placing in the top-5 and an amazing six that lead the nation. Four of those top marks come from current M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week Addy Wiley, who tops the lists in the 600 (1:28.69), 800 (2:08.28), 1000 (2:49.71) and 3000 (9:24.28). Also leading the country for Huntington are Erica Xayarath in the high jump at 1.71m (5-7¼) and Destiny Copeland in the triple jump at 12.43m (40-9½).
Checking in a No. 5 is Central Methodist (Mo.) and own eight top-10 marks, five of which are in the top-5. The Eagles’ top effort thus far is the No. 4×400-meter relay team (3:52.52).
Completing the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Hasting (Neb.), No. 7 Life (Ga.), No. 8 Milligan (Tenn.), No. 9 Cornerstone (Mich.) and No. 10 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.).
The 2023 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled for March 2-4 at South Dakota State University’s Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, South Dakota.