2023 NCAA DI Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – We’ve dotted our I’s and crossed our t’s.
Here is the first installment of the NCAA Division I Men’s Indoor Track & Field National TFRI, as released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). No marks from previous seasons have been used, which means this objective list is compiled solely of current qualifying marks from the 2023 indoor track & field season.
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Stanford is a surprise No. 1 – well, maybe not a total surprise, if you’ve been paying attention to the season so far. The Cardinal’s distance runners, namely Ky Robinson, have been out in full force. Robinson is a double national leader in the mile (3:55.87) and the 5000 meters (13:11.53). The Australian also has two teammates right behind him in the mile – Cole Sprout (3:56.53) and Thomas Boyden (3:57.06) – and Devin Hart is a strong top-10 in the 3000m (7:51.84).
Texas Tech sits second to begin the season, less than four ranking points behind Stanford. The Red Raiders posted three national-leading marks in the first month of the season: Courtney Lindsey in the 200m at 20.48; the 4×400 relay at 3:04.96c; and Kansas transfer Zach Bradford in the pole vault at 5.72m (18-9¼). Caleb Dean has been a revelation for Texas Tech, as he finds himself ranked among the top-10 nationally in both the 60m and the 60-meter hurdles.
Florida State comes in at third behind the work of its sprinters and jumpers, specifically Ismael Kone and Jeremiah Davis. Kone is the national leader in the 60m at 6.51c, while Davis is top-3 nationally in both the long jump (No. 1, 8.17m/26-9¾) and triple jump (No. 3, 16.44m/53-11¼). Curtis Williams is also ranked No. 10 nationally in the long jump.
Kentucky finds itself ranked fourth, according to the National TFRI. The Wildcats own seven top-10 national marks across seven different events. Josh Sobota (shot put), Keaton Daniel (pole vault), Jordan Anthony (60m) and Kennedy Lightner (200m) are all ranked among the top-5 athletes in their respective events. Sobota is tops at No. 2 in the shot put at 20.26m (66-5¾).
Ole Miss put in some work this past weekend and starts the season fifth. The Rebels notched five national top-10 marks at the Vanderbilt Invitational, including the top-2 performances in the 800m this season: Baylor Franklin headlines the chart at 1:46.74c with teammate Tiaman Crorken second at 1:47.39c.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 Auburn, No. 7 BYU, No. 8 Princeton, No. 9 Iowa State and No. 10 Nebraska.
Mark your calendars for March 10-11, as that’s when the 2023 NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.