2023 NCAA DII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 8
NEW ORLEANS – Here is Week 8 of the NCAA Division II Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National TFRI, as released on Tuesday 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 looking to contend as we head into the beginning of this outdoor season.
NCAA Division II — Men's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
West Texas A&M
Grand Valley State
Colo. School of Mines
All TFRI Reports
Pittsburg State remains atop the Week 8 TFRI. Cordell Tinch retains his national lead in both the 110-meter hurdles (12.97w) and long jump (8.24mw/27-0½), as well as his No. 2 position in the high jump (2.17m/7-1¾). Henry Kiner holds the final national lead for the Gorillas in the triple jump, a 16.41mw (53-10¼) mark to go with his No. 4 long jump (7.82m/25-8). Four other Gorillas hold marks in the top-5 of the division, and they add a No. 3 4×100 as well (39.76).
West Texas A&M holds steady at No. 2 in the Week 8 TFRI. The Buffs feature a nation-leading 4×100 relay (38.92), and a No. 3 4×400 relay (3:08.47). Their sprint team features five marks in the top-5 of their respective events, including a national lead for Quinton Sansing in the 400 meters (45.65c). Butare Rugenerwa adds a No. 4 performance in the 800 meters (1:48.19), as well as a 3:45.04 performance in the 1500 meters that puts him 17th.
Grand Valley State jumps back up to No. 3 in this week’s TFRI. The Lakers continue to have a pair of top ranked athletes: Eli Kosiba in the high jump (2.25m/7-4½), and Myles Kerner in the shot put (19.85m/65-1¾). They added a pair of No. 2 marks in Caleb Futter’s 8:42.20 effort in the steeplechase and Jacob Urban’s 65.76m (215-9) mark in the hammer throw. They also feature strength in the 400-meter hurdles, where Fallou Gaye stands at No. 6 (50.95) and Jackson Blanchard stands at No. 8 (51.02).
Adams State drops a spot to No. 4 in the Week 8 TFRI. They feature a pair of national leaders: Miguel Coca in the 1500 meters (3:40.96c) and Cameron Allan in the 10,000 meters (28:37.09). Coca also holds the No. 3 position in the 5000 meters (13:36.51) and is joined among the top echelons of that event by No. 5 Cameron Allan (13:50.17). Awet Beraki contributes further to their distance squad, with a No. 6 5000-meter effort (13:50.64) and a No. 2 10,000-meter effort (28:42.09). Papay Glaywulu rounds out the members of the top-5 for Adams State with a No. 3 mark of 15.89mw (52-1¾) in the triple jump.
Colorado School of Mines holds steady at No. 5 in the Week 8 TFRI. The Orediggers are led by a No. 1 5000-meter performance from Dillon Powell (13:30.93), and an additional No. 3 performance from Luke Julian in the 1500 meters (3:41.84). Powell backs up his nation-leading performance with a No. 6 effort in the 10,000 meters (29:02.02c), while teammate Loic Scomparin holds down No. 4 in the 5000 (13:45.65).
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 8: No. 6 Angelo State, No 7. Azusa Pacific, No. 8 Missouri Southern, No. 9 Academy of Art, No. 10 Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Crunch time is here, and the 2023 NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the CSU Pueblo ThunderBowl in Pueblo, Colorado from May 25-27 is nearly upon us, as teams and individuals look to put qualifying marks on the board before the declarations deadline.