Tigers Improve to No. 2 in Track Rankings

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Tigers Improve to No. 2 in Track Rankings

BATON ROUGE — An impressive outing at last week’s Penn Relays bumped the Tiger track and field team up one spot to No. 2 in the latest Trackwire 25 rankings, released Tuesday.

The Tigers tallied 47 points in the poll to move into a two-tie with Florida. Arkansas maintains its hold on the No. 1 spot with 67 points, while Arizona (40) and Stanford (37) are fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Tigers are led by Olympian Kelly Willie who earned this week’s No. 1 ranking in the 400 meters after spending the last four weeks at No. 2.

Willie is also member of the Tigers’ 4×100 and 4×400-meter relays that are once again ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

Joining Willie on those relays are fellow Olympian Bennie Brazell (400 hurdles) and freshman Xavier Carter (200 meters) who are each ranked No. 2 in the country in their signature events.

Entering the rankings for the first time this season is sophomore Alleyne Lett. He is listed at No. 6 in the men’s 110-hurdles.

In addition, senior Willie Bradley comes in at No. 9 in the triple jump.

In the women’s individual event rankings, the Lady Tigers have five athletes and two relay teams ranked among the top 12.

Freshman Kelly Baptiste is listed in two events this week, coming in at No. 10 in the 200 meters and No. 11 in the 100 meters. Fellow freshman Ashley Owens joins Baptiste in the 100-meter rankings. She is ranked fourth.

In addition, sophomore Tina Harris is ninth in the long jump, senior RaNysha LeBlanc in 10th in the 100-meter hurdles and freshman Deonna Lawrence is 11th in the 400 meters.

Lawrence also anchors the 4×400 team that is ranked 12th, and joins Baptiste and Owens on the 4×100 team that is listed at No. 6.

The LSU track and field team is taking this weekend off but returns to action, May 12-15, when it travels to Nashville, Tenn., for the SEC Championships.

Men’s Trackwire 25

1. Arkansas, 67
2. LSU, 47
2. Florida, 47
4. Arizona, 40
5. Stanford, 37
6. USC, 33
7. Arizona State, 31
7. Auburn, 31
9. Florida State, 28
10. Indiana, 26
11. Oregon, 23
12. Texas, 22
13. Michigan, 21
14. Mississippi State, 20
15. Nebraska, 19
15. BYU, 19
17. Boise State, 18
18. Wisconsin, 15
18. Virginia Tech, 15
20. Dartmouth, 14
20. Texas Tech, 14
22. UCLA, 13
22. Oklahoma, 13
22. Mississippi, 13
22. Baylor, 13

Women’s Trackwire 25

1. Texas, 60
2. UCLA, 49
2. Florida, 49
4. South Carolina, 48
5. Tennessee, 40
6. Miami, 37
6. Stanford, 37
8. USC, 31
9. Nebraska, 30
10. Texas Southern, 20
11. North Carolina, 17
11. Auburn, 17
13. Washington State, 16
13. Alabama, 16
13. Arizona State, 16
16. Duke, 15
17. BYU, 14
17. Georgia Tech, 14
19. Georgia, 13
20. Oklahoma State, 12
20. Columbia, 12
22. Clemson, 11
22. Kansas, 11
22. Arkansas, 11
22. Wake Forest, 11