2023 NJCAA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 1
NEW ORLEANS – The first edition of the 2023 NJCAA Women’s Indoor National Track & Field Ratings Index (TFRI) has a program at the top very familiar with leading the way.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the rankings on Wednesday. No marks from previous seasons have been used, which means this objective list is compiled solely of current marks from the 2023 indoor track & field season.
NJCAA — Women's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
New Mexico JC
Iowa Western CC
South Plains (Texas)
Barton (Kan.) CC
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
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New Mexico JC is No. 1 for the fourth time in the last five years’ inaugural TFRI. Runner-up in last year’s NJCAA Indoor Championships, the T-Birds have 24 top-10 marks, 16 top-5 marks and seven national leaders. Topping events are Lacarthea Cooper in the 400 meters (55.02), Calisha Taylor in the 600 (1:31.45), Letlhogonolo Magoro in the mile (5:07.60), Damaris Chewon in the 3000 (10:12.40) and Aaliyah Lindsay in the pentathlon (3040). The T-Birds also lead the nation in two relays – 4×400 (3:42.83) and distance medley (12:38.01).
No. 2 is Iowa Western CC, two-time NJCAA indoor defending champions. The Reivers have 17 top-10 marks, with eight of them in the top-5 and two leading the nation. Those leaders include Mercy Biwott in the 5000 at 17:24.09 and current M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week Miracle Ailes in the high jump at an NJCAA indoor record of 1.98m (6-1½).
South Plains (Texas) follows at No. 3, its highest rating since Week 6 of 2021. The Texans feature top-10 marks, eight of which are also in the top-5 led by one national-leading time – 7.39 in the 60 by Success Umukoro.
Less than one point behind is Barton (Kan.) CC at No. 4. The Cougars have 15 top-10 marks with eight in the top-5 and two leading the country – Kelsie Murrell-Ross in the shot put at 15.76m (51-8½) and Efe Latham in the weight throw at 16.57m (54-4½).
No. 5 is Cloud County (Kan.) CC. The T-Birds claim 12 top-10 marks, eight of which are also in the top-5. Their top individual is Miracle Thompson, who leads the nation in the 60 hurdles at 8.39.
Completing the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Iowa Central CC, No. 7 College of Southern, No. 8 Central Arizona, No. 9 Cowley (Kan.) and No. 10 Mesa (Ariz.) CC.
All teams have the target of March 3-4, which is when the 2023 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships are scheduled at the Washburn Indoor Athletic Facility in Topeka, Kansas.