2023 NJCAA Men’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 5

NEW ORLEANS – This is not a rerun – South Plains (Texas) has a commanding lead in the NJCAA Men’s Indoor National Track & Field Ratings Index (TFRI), as released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

This is the Week 5 edition for the TFRI, which only uses marks from the current season to objectively rank programs on a national basis.

With almost all regular season action completed, attention now shifts to the 2023 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, set for March 3-4 at the Washburn Indoor Athletic Facility in Topeka, Kansas.

NJCAA — Men's Indoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
South Plains (Texas)
New Mexico JC
Iowa Western CC
Barton (Kan.) CC
Iowa Central CC
South Plains (Texas)
New Mexico JC
Iowa Western CC
Barton (Kan.) CC
Iowa Central CC
All TFRI Reports

South Plains (Texas) is No. 1 in the TFRI for a 12th-straight time – a streak that started in Week 6 of 2021. The Texans look as strong as ever with a margin of just under 200 points and a season-high 35 top-10 marks. Seven of those marks lead the nation – Hossam Hatib in the 600 meters at 1:16.23 (just 0.01 seconds off the NJCAA record in leading a 1-2-3-4 sweep of Texans at the top), Kimar Farquharson in the 800 at 1:46.74 (converted from his NJCAA-record 1:47.04), Mehmet Celik in the 1000 at 2:22.47, Justin Guy in the 60 hurdles at 7.82, Kudakwashe Chadenga in the high jump at 2.26m (7-5), which ties the all-time NJCAA indoor best and the 4×400 (3:06.35) and 4×800 (7:12.69) relays. South Plains is the two-time defending team champion and has won seven titles since 2007.

New Mexico JC continues its season-long presence at No. 2, matching its highest rating in program history. The T-Birds have 16 top-10 marks, with 10 ranking in the top-5 and five leading the nation – Tapiwanashe Makarawu in the 200 at 20.54, Donald Chiyangwa in the 400 at 46.34, Dalton Smith in the pole vault at 4.91m (16-1¼) and Kelsey Daniel in the long jump at 7.99m (26-2¾) and triple jump at 16.04m (52-7½). New Mexico is seeking its fourth-place finish in 2019, when it revived its long-dormant men’s program (the T-Birds won national crowns back in 1979 and ’80).

Remaining No. 3 is Iowa Western CC. The Westerners have a season-high 17 top-10 marks, with one of those leading the country – their distance medley relay team at 9:49.11, which puts them No. 3 all-time among NJCAA programs on tracks of all sizes. Iowa Western was No. 2 in the TFRI all season last year before finishing third at NJCAA Indoor Championships.

Moving up two spots to No. 4 is Barton (Kan.) CC, last year’s runner-up at the NJCAA Indoor Championships. The Cougars own 12 top-10 marks – five in the top-5 including a pair who rate No. 2 – Christopher Young in the shot put at 18.07m (59-3½) and Brandon Lloyd in the weight throw at 19.12m (62-8¾). Barton is the last program besides South Plains or Iowa Central CC to win the men’s title (2010).

Iowa Central CC remains No. 5, less than a point behind Barton. The Tritons have 14 top-10 marks, four of which are among the top-5 that includes a pair at No. 2 – Waukeem Walters in the long jump at 7.56m (24-9¾) and Roman Kuleshov in the triple jump at 15.63m (51-3½). Iowa Central was runner-up in 2021 after winning seven of the previous 10 years.

Completing the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Indian Hills (Iowa) CC, No. 7 Cloud County (Kan.) CC, No. 8 Butler (Kan.) CC, No. 9 Mesa (Ariz.) CC and No. 10 Fort Scott (Kan.) CC. Cloud County and Fort Scott each have two national leaders and Butler has one.

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

2023 Week #5 - February 22nd

Top 25 Teams
1south-plains-texasSOUTH PLAINS (TEXAS)494.73Region VWest◀▶
(LW: 1)
2new-mexico-jcNEW MEXICO JC297.05Region VWest◀▶
(LW: 2)
3iowa-western-ccIOWA WESTERN CC195.66Region XIMidwest◀▶
(LW: 3)
4barton-kan-ccBARTON (KAN.) CC187.27Region VICentral▲2
(LW: 6)
5iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC186.87Region XIMidwest◀▶
(LW: 5)
6indian-hills-iowa-ccINDIAN HILLS (IOWA) CC180.66Region XIMidwest▼2
(LW: 4)
7cloud-county-kan-ccCLOUD COUNTY (KAN.) CC160.97Region VICentral◀▶
(LW: 7)
8butler-kan-ccBUTLER (KAN.) CC136.38Region VICentral▲1
(LW: 9)
9mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC134.23Region IWest▼1
(LW: 8)
10fort-scott-kan-ccFORT SCOTT (KAN.) CC119.28Region VICentral▲2
(LW: 12)
11colby-kan-ccCOLBY (KAN.) CC112.36Region VICentral◀▶
(LW: 11)
12monroe-new-rochelle-n-yMONROE-NEW ROCHELLE (N.Y.)105.39Region XVAtlantic▼2
(LW: 10)
13cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)91.77Region VICentral◀▶
(LW: 13)
14coffeyville-kan-ccCOFFEYVILLE (KAN.) CC85.23Region VICentral◀▶
(LW: 14)
15paradise-valley-ariz-ccPARADISE VALLEY (ARIZ.) CC70.55Region IWest◀▶
(LW: 15)
16hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC63.16Region VICentral▲1
(LW: 17)
17northwest-kansas-techNORTHWEST KANSAS TECH58.98Region VICentral▲1
(LW: 18)
18pima-ariz-ccPIMA (ARIZ.) CC58.47Region IWest▼2
(LW: 16)
19hinds-miss-ccHINDS (MISS.) CC47.58Region XXIIIWest▲1
(LW: 20)
20vincennes-indVINCENNES (IND.)46.93Region XIIMidwest▼1
(LW: 19)
21glendale-ariz-ccGLENDALE (ARIZ.) CC43.20Region IWest▲1
(LW: 22)
22central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA37.22Region IWest▼1
(LW: 21)
23southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO23.82Region XVIIIWest▲3
(LW: 26)
24bryant-stratton-wisBRYANT & STRATTON (WIS.)20.57Region IVMidwest▲1
(LW: 25)
25salt-lake-utah-ccSALT LAKE (UTAH) CC20.21Region XVIIIWest▼2
(LW: 23)

Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5FINAL
South Plains (Texas)111111
New Mexico JC222221
Iowa Western CC684333
Iowa Central CC556554
Barton (Kan.) CC435645
Cloud County (Kan.) CC877776
Indian Hills (Iowa) CC343467
Colby (Kan.) CC18231011117
Butler (Kan.) CC768989
Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)101016101210
Fort Scott (Kan.) CC161715121011
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC221812151512
Hinds (Miss.) CC141619201912
Coffeyville (Kan.) CC111311141414
Western Texas362933242714
Bryant & Stratton (Va.)273227303316
Vincennes (Ind.)172220192017
Mesa (Ariz.) CC9998918
Cowley (Kan.)151113131318
Pima (Ariz.) CC131218161818
Hutchinson (Kan.) CC211917171621
Bryant & Stratton (Wis.)262725252422
Southern Idaho191422262323
Glendale (Ariz.) CC202121222124
Central Arizona292423212225
Meridian (Miss.) CC314236362625
Sauk Valley (Ill.) CC323330313125
Hawkeye (Iowa) CC242629373728
Northwest Kansas Tech121514181730
Salt Lake (Utah) CC2520242325
Dodge City (Kan.) CC2325283230

USTFCCCA NJCAA Indoor Track & Field

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