2023 NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS — What a fun two weeks of track and field we are bound to see. The 2023 NAIA Indoor Championships are right around the corner.

There were no changes to the top-5 this week in the NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index, as released on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). As has been the case all season, Indiana Tech comes in as the top-ranked team. And as was the case last week, William Carey (Miss.), Huntington (Ind.), Concordia (Neb.) and Life (Ga.) come in this week as the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5-ranked teams respectively.

Only performances from the current indoor track and field season have been used in this objective compilation.

NAIA — Women's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
Indiana Tech
William Carey (Miss.)
Huntington (Ind.)
Concordia (Neb.)
Life (Ga.)
Indiana Tech
William Carey (Miss.)
Huntington (Ind.)
Concordia (Neb.)
Life (Ga.)
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Indiana Tech – Led by five top-ranked athletes (two more than last week), and an astonishing twenty-one athletes who are ranked inside the top-10 of their respective events, the Warriors appear to be the odds-on favorite to win their third-consecutive NAIA national title. Six of those top-10 performances belong to Juanita Webster-Freeman, two of which rank No. 1 in the NAIA (14.97m/49-1½ in the shot put; 3,936 points in the pentathlon.) Lisa Voyles has contributed two top-ranked efforts as well, as she turned in an NAIA-leading time of 2:48.47 in the 1000 meters at the WHAC Indoor Conference Championships over the weekend. Her 4x800m relay team’s time of 9:20.25 at the same meet also ranks tops in the nation. Also joining the top-ranked club this weekend was Soyinne Grenyion with her 200m time of 23.80. Grenyion also turned in a 60m time of 7.49 in the finals at the same meet, ranking her 4th in the country. This season, she also ran a leg on her 4x400m relay team which ranks 3rd (3.50.97).

William Carey – The Crusaders held steady at No. 2 and are propelled by twelve top-10 performances, four of which rank tops in the nation. While none of those top-ranked efforts took place at the USC Indoor Open, one top-10 performance did. Last Friday,  Lina May turned in an effort of 9:47.35 in the 3000 meters, which ranks her third. The time May turned in is one of two events she is ranked in the top-5 in, as she also holds the nation’s top mark in the 5000m (16:53.68). Also posting top-ranked marks this season are Joy Abu in the 400m (55.16), Salieci Myles in the 60m hurdles (8.35), and Machaeda Linton in the long jump (5.91m, 40-6¾).

Huntington (Ind.) – Headlined by eleven top-10 performances, all of which rank in the top-5, the Foresters remain the third-ranked team in the TFRI. While only one of those performances took place this weekend at the Crossroads League Indoor Track and Field Championships (Abbey Gentz ran a time of 17:14.18 in the 5000 meters), there was one performance that stood out elsewhere. Not only is freshman hotshot Addy Wiley ranked first in the nation in four events (600m, 800m, mile and 3000), second in another (1000m) and 3rd in one more (DMR), she turned in one of her more impressive performances of the year outside of that this past weekend, finishing fourth in the 1500m at the USATF Indoor Championships with a time of 4:18.84. Along with the performances that Wiley has turned in this season, Erica Xayarath continues to hold top marks herself, as she is the top-ranked high jumper (1.71m/5-7¾), and fifth-ranked long jumper (5.85m/19-2½). The remaining top-5 marks for the Foresters are held by Destiny Copeland, who ranks 2nd in the triple jump (12.43m/40-9½) and 4th in the long jump (5.87m/19-3¼).

Concordia (Neb.) – The Bulldogs remained at #4. Six athletes rank in the top-10, two of which are in the top-5. Of those performances, only Erin Mapson’s sixth-ranked pole vault of 3.82m (12-6¼) took place at the GPAC Championships this weekend. All six of the Bulldogs’ top-10 performances this season, which includes all four members of their sixth-ranked 4×400 meter relay team (3:53.49), have been done by a different athlete, as Josie Puelz still ranks third in the pole vault (13-¼), Amy Richert ranks fourth in the pentathlon (3,487 points), Hannah Newton ranks sixth in the high jump (1.67m, 5-5¾), and Rylee Haecker ranks sixth in the 1000 meters (2:56.44).

Life (Ga.) – As was the case last week, the Running Eagles come in at No. 5 this week in their second appearance in the top-5 this season. Talayla Davis and Sabrina Richman’s 60-meter times of 7.40 and 7.52 at the RADD Last Chance Meet rank them first and sixth in the NAIA, respectively. The two also posted top-10 marks in the 200m at the same meet, with Davis running a 24.29 (fourth) and Richman running a 24.59 (eighth). This season, Richman also ran the anchor leg on her 4×400 team that ranks fifth (3:52.56). The Running Eagles also have Levonis Davis, who ranks fifth in the shot put (14.25m, 46-9).

Rounding out the top-10 this week are No. 6 Milligan (Tenn.), No. 7 Central Methodist, No. 8 Taylor (Ind.), No. 9 Hastings (Neb.) and No. 10 Cornerstone (Mich.).

We are now less than two weeks away from the 2023 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will take place March 2-4 at the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, South Dakota.

Women's Indoor Track & Field
USTFCCCA National TFRI: Track & Field Rating Index

2023 Week #5 - February 22nd

Top 25 Teams
1indiana-techINDIANA TECH343.48WHAC (1)Great Lakes◀▶
(LW: 1)
2william-carey-missWILLIAM CAREY (MISS.)239.43SSAC (1)South◀▶
(LW: 2)
3huntington-indHUNTINGTON (IND.)193.05CrossroadsGreat Lakes◀▶
(LW: 3)
4concordia-nebCONCORDIA (NEB.)160.97GPAC (1)Midwest◀▶
(LW: 4)
5life-gaLIFE (GA.)146.00SSACSouth◀▶
(LW: 5)
6milligan-tennMILLIGAN (TENN.)129.30AAC (1)South◀▶
(LW: 6)
7central-methodist-moCENTRAL METHODIST (MO.)124.09The Heart (1)South Central◀▶
(LW: 7)
8taylor-indTAYLOR (IND.)116.62CrossroadsGreat Lakes▲9
(LW: 17)
9hastings-nebHASTINGS (NEB.)112.16GPACMidwest▼1
(LW: 8)
10cornerstone-michCORNERSTONE (MICH.)110.14WHACGreat Lakes▼1
(LW: 9)
11marian-indMARIAN (IND.)107.65Crossroads (1)Great Lakes▲4
(LW: 15)
12aquinas-michAQUINAS (MICH.)95.65WHACGreat Lakes▲2
(LW: 14)
13olivet-nazarene-illOLIVET NAZARENE (ILL.)91.89Chicagoland (1)Midwest▼3
(LW: 10)
14doane-nebDOANE (NEB.)89.25GPACMidwest▼2
(LW: 12)
15dickinson-state-n-dDICKINSON STATE (N.D.)88.13North Star (1)Midwest▼4
(LW: 11)
16siena-heights-michSIENA HEIGHTS (MICH.)86.89WHACGreat Lakes▼3
(LW: 13)
17grace-indGRACE (IND.)74.51CrossroadsGreat Lakes▲4
(LW: 21)
18columbia-s-cCOLUMBIA (S.C.)74.17AACSouth▲1
(LW: 19)
19eastern-oregonEASTERN OREGON71.28Indep.West▲5
(LW: 24)
20cumberland-tennCUMBERLAND (TENN.)65.05Mid-SouthSouth▲2
(LW: 22)
21dordt-iowaDORDT (IOWA)64.72GPACMidwest▼5
(LW: 16)
22benedictine-kanBENEDICTINE (KAN.)63.60The HeartSouth Central▲5
(LW: 27)
23indiana-wesleyanINDIANA WESLEYAN62.70CrossroadsGreat Lakes▲8
(LW: 31)
24st-francis-illST. FRANCIS (ILL.)60.93ChicagolandMidwest▼4
(LW: 20)
25saint-mary-kanSAINT MARY (KAN.)58.77KCAC (1)South Central▼2
(LW: 23)

Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5Week #6FINAL
Indiana Tech1111111
Huntington (Ind.)4443332
William Carey (Miss.)3322223
Life (Ga.)7885554
Milligan (Tenn.)8666665
Concordia (Neb.)2234446
Columbia (S.C.)1412171918187
Central Methodist (Mo.)5557778
Marian (Ind.)1515121511118
Hastings (Neb.)67789910
Siena Heights (Mich.)12111413161610
Doane (Neb.)13191112141412
Aquinas (Mich.)35292514121213
Cumberland (Tenn.)22232022202014
Grace (Ind.)27312221171715
Benedictine (Kan.)24131927222215
Tennessee Wesleyan30323328292915
College of Idaho515936323215
Cornerstone (Mich.)9999101019
Indiana Wesleyan66452931232319
Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)26302618262619
The Master's (Calif.)4935303019
Campbellsville (Ky.)33283434414119
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)10101010131324
Taylor (Ind.)311413178825
Dillard (La.)36384337353525
Dickinson State (N.D.)21181811151527
Dordt (Iowa)18252416212127
Saint Mary (Kan.)16241523252530
Eastern Oregon20202124191934
St. Francis (Ill.)17162320242436
Southeastern (Fla.)19222830373736
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)25211625272745
Cumberlands (Ky.)11172732363645
Saint Francis (Ind.)232730465050

USTFCCCA NAIA Indoor Track & Field

2023 Rankings Calendar
Weeks National TFRIRegional TFRIConference TFRI#EventSquad KEY DATES
Week 1Wed 1/25
Mon 1/23
Week 2Wed 2/1
Mon 1/30
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Week 3Wed 2/8
Mon 2/6
Mon 2/6
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Week 4Wed 2/15
Mon 2/13
Mon 2/13
Mon 2/13
Week 5Wed 2/22
Mon 2/20
Mon 2/20
Mon 2/20
Week 6Mon 2/27
Mon 2/27
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FINAL ResultsMon 3/6