NEW ORLEANS – The top spot in the country went to Barton (Kan.) CC for the second week in a row after it recorded 324.96 points overall. The Cougars had a successful showing at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational this past weekend.
The group was led by top performers in Deborah Giffard (leads the country in the 60), T'Nia Riley (tops in the 200), Christal Mosley (second in the 400) and Cadeebra Calcote (fourth in the 800). Overall 15 performances made their way into this week's updated index.
It is the first time in program history that Barton has held the No. 1 ranking for consecutive weeks.
Slotting in at No. 2 was New Mexico JC with 295.45 points.
The Thunderbirds competed this past weekend at the Texas Tech Open and saw three athletes post some of the best times in the nation in their respective events. Victoria Villanueva now leads the country in the pole vault, Kristal Liburd is tops in the long jump and Kristal Liburd is second overall in the triple jump.
Next up was No. 3 Monroe (N.Y.) with 241.28 points. The Mustangs were off from competition this past weekend and will return to action with the Fastrack National Invitational on February 8 in Staten Island, New York.
Coming in at No. 4 was Iowa Central CC after it picked up 197.95 points. The team was split between the Ted Nelson Classic and the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational this past weekend. Top athletes for the Tritons included Lilian Busienei (second in the country in the 3000), Florance Uwajeneza (third in the 3000) and Maddie Schmoker (fourth in the weight throw).
The No. 5 spot belonged to Cloud County (Kan.) after it received 181.87 points. The T-Birds were at both the Fred Beile Track and Field Classic and the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational and were led by two tops times in the nation recorded at the meet. Grace Chinonyelum now leads the country in the triple jump while Jessica Williams is second overall in the high jump.
The entire top-five remained in their positions from the previous edition of the ratings.
Rounding out the rest of the top-10 was No. 6 Cowley (Kan., 170.30 points), No. 7Central Arizona (154.23), No. 8 Iowa Western CC (152.14), No. 9 South Plains (Texas, 144.62) and No. 10 Western Texas (85.61).