Lady Tigers No. 1 in Latest Poll; Men Second

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Lady Tigers No. 1 in Latest Poll; Men Second

BATON ROUGE — The LSU women’s track and field team has taken over the top spot in this week’s power ranking, while the men’s squad is ranked No. 2 following strong performances at the Tiger Invitational at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium this past weekend.

The weekly power ranking released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association is based on the seasonal best performances of collegiate athletes nationwide and their ranking on the NCAA men’s and women’s performance lists.

The Lady Tigers moved up one spot this week to overtake defending national champion Arizona State as the nation’s top-ranked squad, while the Tigers moved up two spots in the men’s ranking.

The squads added a combined 15 new NCAA regional qualifying marks at the Tigers Invitational this past weekend and boast a total of 49 individual qualifying marks and four qualified relay teams with just two regular season meets left. The 2008 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships will be held at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark., from May 30-31.

Senior Kelly Baptiste and junior Nickiesha Wilson highlighted the action at the Tiger Invitational with NCAA leading times in their respective events.

Baptiste lined up in the 200 meters for the first time this season and crossed the finish line with the second-fastest time in the world at 22.96 seconds. Wilson followed with her season debut in the 400 hurdles and blew away the competition with the world’s fifth fastest time at 55.83.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers return to action this weekend as they play host to the LSU Alumni Gold at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium on Saturday. They will then wrap up the regular season with their annual trip to Philadelphia, Pa., to compete in the 114th running of the Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field from April 24-26.

USTFCCCA Top 25

WOMEN
1. LSU, 412.02
2. Arizona State, 357.84
3. Texas A&M, 320.47
4. Florida, 184.16
5. Southern California, 183.25
6. UTEP, 175.14
7. Miami (Fla.), 168.05
8. Virginia Tech, 158.01
9. UCLA, 152.29
10. Auburn, 147.01
11. Stanford, 142.91
12. Michigan, 141.27
13. Oregon, 137.14
14. Florida State, 124.02
15. Texas Tech, 121.45
16. Tennessee, 118.51
17. Baylor, 115.96
18. Ole Miss, 106.95
19. Texas, 104.62
20. Arizona, 103.55
21. Virginia, 100.34
22. Minnesota, 93.93
23. Kansas, 93.45
24. New Mexico, 88.15
25. Arkansas, 84.40

MEN
1. Texas A&M, 301.67
2. LSU, 265.66
3. UCLA, 248.25
4. Tennessee, 217.82
5. Florida State, 215.58
6. Florida, 209.19
7. Arizona State, 199.55
8. Auburn, 192.64
9. UTEP, 161.23
10. Texas, 148.18
11. BYU, 146.46
12. Alabama, 122.13
13. Texas Tech, 121.03
14. Wisconsin, 120.60
15. Arizona, 119.41
16. Mississippi State, 117.40
17. Kentucky, 115.88
18. Washington State, 115.59
19. Southern California, 106.13
20. Georgia, 104.50
21. Liberty, 100.12
22. South Carolina, 99.88
23. Baylor, 98.27
24. Stanford, 98.02
25. Oregon, 91.20