NEW ORLEANS – Regional weekend has come and gone and surprisingly didn't affect the order too much in the latest edition of the NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.
The 2019 NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships are just a week away as the nation battles for the top prizes from May 16-18 in Hobbs, New Mexico.
The top of the Women's National Rating Index didn't change much as the top-3 teams in the country remained locked in place as Barton (Kan.) CC was the No. 1 team in the country for the third week in a row.
The Cougars won the Region VI team title over the weekend as they had eight individual event title winners. The best performances were had by Christal Mosley (now second in the nation in the 400 and seventh in the 200), Arianna Hayde (fourth in the heptathlon) and T'Nia Riley (sixth in the 200).
New Mexico JC remained locked in the No. 2 spot after weekend competition at the Texas Tech Masked Rider Open. They were led there by Demisha Roswell (now second in the nation in the 100H), Monique Grant (third in the same event), Machiyla Knight (fourth in the 400H) and Britnie Dixon (sixth in the 800).
South Plains (Texas) was locked once again in the No. 3 position after they were also at the Masked Rider Open. Top showings of the weekend were had by Janiel Moore (now fifth in the 400), Alyssa Hernandez (eighth in the 100H) and their now fifth-ranked 4×400 unit.
Iowa Central CC climbed up one spot in the rankings to No. 4 after a second-place finish at the Region XI Championships. The program saw top performances out of Eleonora Curtabbi (fourth in the steeple), Maddie Schmoker (sixth in the hammer) and its now ninth-ranked 4×100 unit.
Central Arizona dropped one to No. 5 despite winning the Region I team title. The Vaqueras had 11 regional title winners. The team added no new individual marks to the index with the title win, which shows how strong they have been this outdoor season.
The rest of the top-10 was rounded out in the following order: Cloud County (Kan.) CC, Western Texas, Monroe (NY), Kowley (Kan.) and Iowa Western CC.
The best leap by a top-25 program went to Iowa Western CC after a four-spot improvement. The second-best jump was a tie between No. 15 Pima (Ariz.) CC and No. 22 Hawkeye (Iowa) CC with a two-spot gain. That is the best ranking in program history for Hawkeye (Iowa) CC.
Overall, 17 of the top 25 teams programs experienced some kind of change from the week before.