2023 NCAA DII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
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Here is the first release of the NCAA Division II Men’s Indoor Track & Field National TFRI, as released on Tuesday 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.
NCAA Division II — Men's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
West Texas A&M
Grand Valley State
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Pittsburg State enters the 2023 season as the top-ranked team behind 10 national top-10 efforts. The Gorillas have seven of those efforts in the sprints: Xavier Carmichael is the national leader 60 meters at 6.62; TJ Caldwell (No. 2, 7.83) and Daylin Williams (No. 3, 7.85) in the 60-meter hurdles; Bryalen Brewer (No. 2, 47.36), Sam Tudor (No. 6, 47.75c) and Bailey Stone (No. 7, 48.02) in the 400 meters; the 4×400 relay is ranked fourth. In the jumps, Henry Kiner boasts the second-best long jump of the season at 7.71m (25-3½).
Adams State is second by 0.72 points, according to the National TFRI. The Grizzlies have nine national top-10 performances to begin the year, including three national-leading efforts on the track: Jonah Vigil in the 400 meters (47.32c); Miguel Coca in the mile (3:57.40c); Awet Beraki in the 5000 meters (13:39.57c). Beraki (3000 meters), David Cardenas (mile) and Cameron Allan (3000 meters) are also ranked in the top-3 in their respective events in the early season.
UC-Colorado Springs sits in third to begin the year. The Mountain Lions tallied eight national top-10 performances. Four of them come in the distance eventsL Even Graff is ranked second in the mile (400.22c) and fourth in the 3000 (8:07.76c); Marcus Graham is fifth in the 3000 (8:08.88c); Afewerki Zeru is second in the 5000 (13:46.40c). In the jumps, Dakota Abbott paces the team with his No. 2 billing in the triple jump.
West Texas A&M finds itself ranked fourth in the first National TFRI. The Buffs have eight national top-10 marks in five events. Joseph Oreva is the national leader in the long jump (7.74mc/25-4¾); while Joseph Manu boasts two top-6 performances in the 200 meters (No. 1, 21.06c) and the 60 meters (No. 6, 6.72c). West Texas A&M’s strength is the sprints with three men ranked in the 60 meters and two in the 200 meters.
Grand Valley State, the defending national champions, will start the season in fifth. The Lakers have five national top-10 marks across four events. Two of them come in the high jump: Eli Kosiba is the national leader at 2.23m (7-3¾); Jonathan Rankins-James is ranked sixth at 2.12m (6-11½). Tanner Chada (5000 meters), Myles Kerner (shot put) and Jacob Urban (weight throw) are also ranked in the top-5 in their respective events.
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 1: No. 6 CSU Pueblo, No. 7 Academy of Art, No. 8 Missouri Southern, No. 9 Lee (Tenn.) and No. 10 Fort Hays State.
Mark your calendars for March 10-11, as that’s when the 2023 NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held at the Virginia Beach Sports Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.