2023 NJCAA DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 7
NEW ORLEANS – The top-2 got much tighter in the Week 7 edition of the 2023 NJCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track & Field 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 2023 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons have been used in this objective compilation. This is final national TFRI of the year as the 2023 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships run next Thursday-Saturday at New Mexico JC’s Ross Black Track in Hobbs, New Mexico.
NJCAA Division I — Women's Outdoor Track & Field
This Week's National Top Five
New Mexico JC
Barton (Kan.) CC
Cloud County (Kan.) CC
South Plains (Texas)
Iowa Western CC
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PDFs: Team Detail | Event Detail
PDFs: Team Summary | Team Detail | Event Detail
Season-long No. 1 New Mexico JC will be hosting the national championships – and looking for its first team title since 2019, when the T-Birds won the third of three in a row. NMJC has a nine national-leading marks (most by any program) led by Letlhogonolo Magoro in the 800 (2:08.78) and 1500 (4:31.39). Also topping the charts for the T-Birds are Deshana Skeete in the 400 (23.53), Damaris Chewon in the 10,000 (37:13.21), Calisha Taylor in the 400 hurdles (57.95), Anisha Gibbons in the javelin (51.27m/168-3) and the 4×400 (3:35.95) and 4×800 (9:02.53) relays. Taylor is the defending champion.
No. 2 Barton (Kan.) CC closed the gap to No. 1 by more than half (77.13 TFRI points compared to 135.47 last week) after winning the Region VI Championships. The Cougars – fourth last year and top-5 every year since 2017 – will be looking for their first team title since 2005, the most recent of their 13 crowns. Barton has three national leaders: Oarabile Tshosa in the 100 (11.26), Kelsie Murrell-Ross in the shot put (16.30m/53-5¾) and Ana Couto in the heptathlon (5117). Murrell-Ross is the defending champion.
Moving up to No. 3 is Cloud County (Kan.) CC, which finished second in the Region VI Championships by just 1.5 points. The T-Birds were third last year and never won the national team title. They have two national leaders – Miracle Thompson in the 100 hurdles (13.25) and Tamara Thompson in the discus (50.86m/166-11) – along with defending 400 champ Vimbayi Maisvorewa.
South Plains (Texas) is No. 4. Fifth in the national championships last year, the Texans won in 2021 – their latest of seven total team titles. Success Umukoro, defending champ in the 200, is rated No. 2 in the 100 this year – one of five national No. 2 rankings for SPC.
Defending champion Iowa Western CC remains No. 5 after winning the Region XI Championships. The Reivers have two national leaders: Mercy Biwott in the 5000 (17:24.09) and Miracle Ailes in the high jump (1.87m/6-1½). Ailes is defending champion in the long jump and Antonia Sealy won the heptathlon last year.
Rounding out the top-10 teams in the National TFRI are No. 6 Mesa (Ariz.) CC, No. 7 Iowa Central CC, No. 8 Cowley (Kan.), No. 9 Central Arizona and No. 10 Fort Scott (Kan.) CC. Iowa Central and Fort Scott both have one national-leading mark.