2023 NCAA DI Women’s Indoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – And then there was one.
Here is the Pre-Championships edition of the NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field National TFRI, as released on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Only marks from the current season are being used, which gives an objective look at those teams who are expected to compete for podium spots at the 2023 NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Top-ranked Texas looks to be the clear favorite on paper to win its first title since 2006. Of the Longhorns’ 15 entries for the NCAA Championships, eight of them reside in the top-5 nationally, including two national leading efforts by Julien Alfred in the 60 meters (6.97) and 200 meters (22.33). Texas will rely heavily on its sprinters to get the job done with seven top-10 entries in four events. Leading the field events is Ackelia Smith with a pair of No. 3 seeds in the long jump and triple jump.
Defending champion Florida enters the NCAA meet in second, and while only having 10 entries, those entries pack a punch as eight of them are ranked among the top-4 nationally. The Gators have three national-leading marks from Talitha Diggs in the 400 meters (50.15) and Jasmine Moore in both the long jump (6.91m/22-8) and triple jump (14.44m/47-4½). Diggs will also tote the baton on Florida’s third-ranked 4×400-meter relay.
Arkansas is ranked third heading to Albuquerque with 11 entries, including the nation’s fastest 4×400-meter relay (3:26.40). Individually, Ackera Nugent and Amanda Fassold lead the Razorbacks with their No. 2 billings in their respective events: Nugent in the 60-meter hurdles; Fassold in the pole vault. The 400 meters could be a strong event for Arkansas with three top-6 entries.
Fourth-ranked Oregon has 10 entries for the NCAA meet that all reside within the top-10 nationally. The Ducks’ lone national-leading mark comes from Jorinde van Klinken in the shot put (19.57m/64-2½), while Alysah Hickey is ranked second in the long jump.
NC State is ranked fifth with seven entries in the distance events. The Wolfpack will rely on collegiate record holder Katelyn Tuohy, who is the top seed in the 3000 meters (8:35.20), 5000 meters (15:15.92) and is part of the second-ranked Distance Medley Relay (10:48.55).
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams: No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 Washington, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Ole Miss and No. 10 Tennessee.