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

NEW ORLEANS – New Mexico JC is No. 1 for a fifth-straight week in the latest edition of the 2023 NJCAA Women’s Indoor National Track & Field Ratings Index (TFRI), released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Only marks from the current season are used in this objective ranking.

As virtually all of the regular season is completed, the focus now moves to the 2023 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, set for March 3-4 at the Washburn Indoor Athletic Facility in Topeka, Kansas.

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

New Mexico JC‘s season-long ride as a dominant No. 1 shows no signs of slowing as the T-Birds aim for its first national crown since 2020. New Mexico – runner-up last year – owns 32 top-10 marks, with 20 of those in the top-5 including five national leaders and seven No. 2 marks. Leading the country are Calisha Taylor in the 600 meters at 1:31.45 and 800 at 2:13.13 and Deshana Skeete in the 400 at 54.40 as both figure prominently on relay squads – both are on the No. 1 4×400 (3:42.83) and Taylor is also on the No. 1 4×800 (9:14.31).

Moving up three positions to No. 2 is Barton (Kan.) CC after winning the Region VI Indoor Championships. The Cougars have 21 top-10 marks, with 14 in the top-5 and three leading the country – Danae Nembhard in the 60 hurdles at 8.29, Kelsie Murrell-Ross in the shot put at 16.30m (53-5¾) and Ana Couto in the pentathlon (3748). Barton – which in 2019 won its record 17th NJCAA Indoor Championships title – is primed to move up from being fifth last year.

Cloud County (Kan.) CC remains at No. 3 after a nine-point loss to Barton at the Region VI Indoor Championships. The T-Birds have 15 top-10 marks, with 11 in the top-5 and one leading the nation – current M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week Miracle Thompson in the 60 hurdles at 8.29. Cloud County finished third in the last two NJCAA Indoor Championships.

Two-time defending national champion Iowa Western CC is No. 4 after a runner-up finish in the Region XI Indoor Championships. The Reivers have 17 top-10 marks, including three national leaders in Miracle Ailes in the high jump with an NJCAA-record 1.87m (6-1½) and long jump at 6.17m (20-3) in addition to Mercy Biwott in the 5000 at 17:24.09.

South Plains (Texas) improved its point total but dropped one position to No. 5. The Texans have 15 top-10 marks with two national leaders from Success Umukoro in the 60 (7.39) and 200 (23.85). SPC – which last won the NJCAA Indoor women’s title in 2015 – fourth last year after being runner-up in 2021.

Rounding out the top-10 teams in the national TFRI are No. 6 Iowa Central CC, No. 7 Mesa (Ariz.) CC, No. 8 Central Arizona, No. 9 College of Southern Idaho and No. 10 Cowley (Kan.). Iowa Central has two national leaders and Cowley has one.

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

2023 Week #5 - February 22nd

Top 25 Teams
1new-mexico-jcNEW MEXICO JC475.74Region VWest◀▶
(LW: 1)
2barton-kan-ccBARTON (KAN.) CC317.87Region VICentral▲3
(LW: 5)
3cloud-county-kan-ccCLOUD COUNTY (KAN.) CC263.22Region VICentral◀▶
(LW: 3)
4iowa-western-ccIOWA WESTERN CC251.99Region XIMidwest▼2
(LW: 2)
5south-plains-texasSOUTH PLAINS (TEXAS)249.83Region VWest▼1
(LW: 4)
6iowa-central-ccIOWA CENTRAL CC201.31Region XIMidwest◀▶
(LW: 6)
7mesa-ariz-ccMESA (ARIZ.) CC121.25Region IWest▲1
(LW: 8)
8central-arizonaCENTRAL ARIZONA107.67Region IWest▼1
(LW: 7)
9southern-idahoSOUTHERN IDAHO95.49Region XVIIIWest◀▶
(LW: 9)
10cowley-kanCOWLEY (KAN.)90.30Region VICentral◀▶
(LW: 10)
11fort-scott-kan-ccFORT SCOTT (KAN.) CC85.14Region VICentral▲1
(LW: 12)
12colby-kan-ccCOLBY (KAN.) CC83.12Region VICentral▲3
(LW: 15)
13hutchinson-kan-ccHUTCHINSON (KAN.) CC64.24Region VICentral▼2
(LW: 11)
14western-texasWESTERN TEXAS60.83Region VWest▲6
(LW: 20)
15monroe-new-rochelle-n-yMONROE-NEW ROCHELLE (N.Y.)54.14Region XVAtlantic▲1
(LW: 16)
16pima-ariz-ccPIMA (ARIZ.) CC47.23Region IWest▲1
(LW: 17)
17indian-hills-iowa-ccINDIAN HILLS (IOWA) CC42.00Region XIMidwest▼4
(LW: 13)
18hinds-miss-ccHINDS (MISS.) CC40.89Region XXIIIWest◀▶
(LW: 18)
19meridian-miss-ccMERIDIAN (MISS.) CC39.91Region XXIIIWest▲4
(LW: 23)
20butler-kan-ccBUTLER (KAN.) CC39.76Region VICentral▲9
(LW: 29)
21salt-lake-utah-ccSALT LAKE (UTAH) CC38.44Region XVIIIWest▼2
(LW: 19)
22glendale-ariz-ccGLENDALE (ARIZ.) CC37.81Region IWest◀▶
(LW: 22)
23garden-city-kan-ccGARDEN CITY (KAN.) CC32.33Region VICentral▲8
(LW: 31)
24vincennes-indVINCENNES (IND.)32.14Region XIIMidwest▲1
(LW: 25)
25paradise-valley-ariz-ccPARADISE VALLEY (ARIZ.) CC31.98Region IWest▼1
(LW: 24)

Week-by-Week Ranking

Only showing those with a season-best ranking in the top 25.
TeamWeek #1Week #2Week #3Week #4Week #5FINAL
New Mexico JC111111
Cloud County (Kan.) CC522332
South Plains (Texas)356453
Barton (Kan.) CC444524
Iowa Western CC233245
Iowa Central CC665666
Fort Scott (Kan.) CC159912117
Colby (Kan.) CC18271615127
Mesa (Ariz.) CC101110879
Hinds (Miss.) CC131818181810
Cowley (Kan.)91011101011
Meridian (Miss.) CC232224231912
Vincennes (Ind.)272829252413
Western Texas242527201414
Hutchinson (Kan.) CC141412111315
Southern Idaho7779916
Indian Hills (Iowa) CC111213131716
Salt Lake (Utah) CC201721192116
Monroe-New Rochelle (N.Y.)121515161519
Pima (Ariz.) CCRV2020171620
Paradise Valley (Ariz.) CC212119242520
Essex County (N.J.)RV1617212622
Butler (Kan.) CC171922292023
Southeastern (Iowa) CC353126262724
Sauk Valley (Ill.) CC323839333325
Central Arizona8887826
Glendale (Ariz.) CC262423222228
Garden City (Kan.) CC312930312329
Southwestern (Iowa) CC252628282829
Hawkeye (Iowa) CC161314143033
Richard Bland (Va.)1923252729
Dodge City (Kan.) CC2239334038

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