2023 NAIA Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 6
NEW ORLEANS – Indiana Tech leads the Week 6 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.
This is the final TFRI of the season as the 2023 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships are on March 2-4 at South Dakota State University’s Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, South Dakota.
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Indiana Tech remains at No. 1 in running its TFRI streak to 36 weeks – every week since NAIA TFRI began in 2018. The Warriors are seeking a third-straight NAIA Indoor title, which would tie them with McKendree (Ill.) (who won four 1999-2002) and Oklahoma Baptist (2013-15) as programs with three or more consecutive crowns. Indiana Tech has 21 top-10 marks, with 16 in the top-5 and six national leaders – Juanita Webster-Freeman in the shot put at 14.97m (49-1 ½) and pentathlon (3958), Soyinne Grenyion in the 200 meters at 23.80, Lisa Voyles in the 1000 at 2:48.47 and the 4×800 (9:13.87) and distance medley (11:51.65) relays. The Warriors have finished in the top-3 in this meet the last 10-straight years.
William Carey (Miss.) is No. 2 – a program high – for a fourth-straight week. The Crusaders, who were runner-up in the last three NAIA indoor nationals, have 12 top-10 marks, with all but one in the top-5. WCU has four national leaders – Salieci Myles in the 60 hurdles (8.35), Joy Abu in the 400 (55.16) and Lina May in the 5000 (16:53.68).
Huntington (Ind.) is No. 3 for a third-straight week – the highest rating since No. 2 in Week 6 of 2020 just before winning the NAIA Indoor title. The Foresters have 11 top-10 marks – all in the top-5 with five leading the nation. Four of those top marks come from Addy Wiley, who tops the lists in the 600 (1:28.69), 800 (2:02.33), mile (4:29.49) and 3000 (9:24.28). Also leading the country for Huntington is Erica Xayarath in the high jump at 1.71m (5-7¼).
Remaining No. 4 four a third week in a row is Concordia (Neb.), who finished third in the last two nationals. The Bulldogs have seven top-10 marks, with two in the top-5. Rating highest for Concordia is Josie Puelz in the pole vault at No. 3 with a best of 3.97m (13-0¼).
Life (Ga.) is No. 5, extending its TFRI high for a third-straight week. The Running Eagles were fifth in the NAIA Indoor nationals last year, their highest since a pair of runner-up finishes in 2001-02. Life has nine top-10 marks, with four in the top-5 and one leading the nation – Talayla Davis in the 60 at 7.40.
Completing the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Milligan (Tenn.), No. 7 Central Methodist (Mo.), No. 8 Taylor (Ind.), No. 9 Hastings (Neb.) and No. 10 Cornerstone (Mich.). Hastings also has one national-leading mark.