2021 NJCAA DI Men's Outdoor Track & Field Rating Index – Week 2
NEW ORLEANS – You can count on two fingers how many top-25 teams remained in place between Week 1 and Week 2 of the NJCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Rating Index for the 2021 season.
If you don’t mind change, keep reading. If you can’t deal with it, turn away now.
Cloud County CC vaulted to the top spot in the National TFRI after a huge weekend. The T-Birds, who soared four spots from No. 5 to No. 1, added 11 national top-10 marks to their haul, including three of the top-5 spots in the 5000 – Awet Beraki (No. 2, 29:30.74), Edwin Kipainoi (No. 3, 32:33.33) and Linus Limo (No. 5, 33:05.39) – and three of the top-6 spots in the decathlon – Marcquiece Cade (No. 2, 5890), Andrew Betton (No. 5, 5543) and Renaldo Savoury (No. 6, 5511). Caden Bach also moved up to No. 1 in the javelin throw with his effort of 59.47m (195-2) this past weekend.
New Mexico JC moved up one spot from No. 3 to No. 2. The T-Birds have 11 national top-10 marks to their credit, including a collegiate national leader from Andrei Romanov in the hammer at 76.48m (250-11) and NJCAA leaders from Oscar Campos in the decathlon (6329) and the 4×100 relay team (39.68). Jalen Purcell also stood out this past weekend in the 200 with his NJCAA No. 2 effort of 20.89c (20.82A).
Barton County CC dropped one spot from No. 2 to No. 3 to no fault of its own. The Cougars have 21 national top-10 marks, of which they added or improved 11 this past weekend. Caleb Boger and Denzel Feagin stood out, as the former is now ranked No. 1 in the 200 (20.43c) and No. 3 in the 100 (10.31c) with the latter at No. 1 in the 100 at 10.20 and No. 3 in the 200 (20.91). Shakwon Coke added the triple jump national lead to his tally with a 15.60m (51-2¼) effort this past weekend (Coke already led the nation in the long jump).
Former No. 1 South Plains (Texas) fell three spots to No. 4 despite a strong weekend. The Texans were led by Khaleb McRae and Seydi Sall, as they notched the top 400-meter mark (46.29) and 800-meter mark (1:51.70) this season so far, respectively. South Plains (Texas) now has 20 national top-10 marks in 2021, including five national leaders.
Iowa Central CC comes in at No. 5 in Week 2. The Tritons received a boost from Lee Eppie and William Richardson this past weekend. Eppie is now ranked fifth nationally in the 400 at 46.95. Richardson is similarly-ranked in the hammer at 50.46m (165-7).
Here are the rest of the top-10 teams in Week 2: No. 6 Iowa Western CC, No. 7 Cowley College, No. 8 Coffeyville CC, No. 9 Indian Hills CC and No. 10 Northwest Kansas Tech.