NEW ORLEANS – Two new teams claimed the top spot in the nation in both the men's and women's rankings in the latest edition of the NJCAA National Indoor Track & Field Rating Index released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.
For the first time in program history, Barton (Kan.) CC is the No. 1 team in the country in the women's poll after it picked up 315.39 points in this edition of the ratings. The Cougars spent the past weekend at the Black & Gold Premier, hosted by the University of Iowa and saw top performances across multiple disciplines.
Latavia Maines is now first in the nation in the shot put, Deborah Giffard is third in the 60, Cadeebra Calcote is fourth in the 800, Kameliah Style is fourth in the weight throw and the 4×400 unit leads the country after the successful meet.
Slotting in behind them was No. 2 New Mexico JC with 310.87 points. It was a one-spot fall from the program's previous rank.
Top performances from the past weekend spent at the Pittsburg State Invitational came from Demisha Roswell (now first in the 60H) and Victoria Villanueva (first in the pole vault).
Ascending four spots to No. 3 was Monroe (N.Y.) after it picked up 228.75 points.
The group was at the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic this past weekend and got top performances from Avon Samuels (first in the country in the 400), Faten Laribi (first in the 800), Joanna Archer (second in the 800), Sharon Chumo (second in the 3000) and Malethabo Seema (third in the 800). The 4×800 and DMR units also lead the nation. It was the best mark received by the program since it achieved the feat during the opening four weeks of the 2016 season.
Dropping a single-spot to No. 4 was Iowa Central CC with 204.88 points.
The Tritons competed at the Black & Gold Premiere and saw top-ranked performances in Lea Grady (fourth in the shot put) and Maddie Schmoker (fifth in the weight throw).
Cloudy County (Kan.) CC moved up one to No. 5 and received 166.57 points after having a great weekend at the Jayhawk Classic.
To go with broken school records, Deya Erickson now leads the nation in the 60H, Jacqueline Pokuaah is third in the long jump and Sophie Jebose is fourth in the pole vault. It is a new program-best mark for highest rank received.
The top-10 was completed by No. 6 Iowa Western CC, No. 7 Cowley (Kan.), No. 8 Central Arizona, No. 9 South Plains (Texas) and No. 10 Highland (Kan.) CC.