Track & Field Teams Hold Positions in Rankings

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Track & Field Teams Hold Positions in Rankings

BATON ROUGE – In the wake of a successful weekend in Austin for the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, the LSU track and field teams have held their top-five national rankings in the latest top 25 power ranking released this week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Lady Tigers have closed the gap on No. 1-ranked Texas A&M, but remain as the nation’s No. 2 team for the third-straight week. The LSU women (344.09) have pulled to within 10 points of Texas A&M (353.28) in this week’s power ranking. Rounding out the top five of the USTFCCCA women’s Top 25 are No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Southern California and No. 5 Clemson.

The Tigers are ranked No. 5 nationally for the third-straight week during the 2011 outdoor season, trailing only No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 4 Florida State.

Junior All-American Barrett Nugent is the NCAA’s new No. 1-ranked performer in the 110-meter hurdles after winning the Texas Relays title this past weekend with a wind-aided time of 13.19 seconds.

The Tigers also ran seasonal-best times in both the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays as they now rank No. 2 nationally in the 4×100 relay (38.78) following a second-place finish and No. 3 nationally in the 4×400 relay (3:02.23) following a third-place finish at the Texas Relays.

With their effort last weekend at the Texas Relays, three Lady Tigers helped tighten the race for the No. 1 national ranking with Texas A&M as they now rank among the nation’s leading performers in 2011.

Junior Semoy Hackett and sophomore Kimberlyn Duncan finished 2-3 in the women’s university finals of the 100-meter dash as Hackett recorded the nation’s No. 2-ranked time at 10.98w and Duncan recorded the nation’s No. 4-ranked time at 11.07w. In addition, freshman Jasmin Stowers finished in third place for the 100-meter hurdles with a wind-aided time of 12.86 that ranks No. 3 in the NCAA this season.

The Lady Tigers also improved their 2011 seasonal best in the 4×100-meter relay with a second-place run of 43.44 that stands as the No. 2-ranked performance in the NCAA for the outdoor season.

The teams are preparing for a weekend trip to Miami, Fla., where they will compete Saturday afternoon at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational being held at Cobb Stadium on the campus of the University of Miami.

They will then return home for a celebratory weekend as they host the second-annual LSU Track & Field Team Awards and Alumni Recognition Banquet on April 22 before playing host to the LSU Alumni Gold meet on April 23 at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

USTFCCCA Top 25

WOMEN
Team (Points) Last Week
1. Texas A&M (353.28) 1
2. LSU (344.09) 2
3. Oregon (301.09) 3
4. Southern California (223.36) 6
5. Clemson (221.15) 5
6. Texas (214.98) 7
7. Oklahoma (206.18) 4
8. Arkansas (155.97) 9
9. Arizona (154.78) 10
10. Florida State (147.99) 8
11. Auburn (140.40) 12
12. Baylor (140.28) 14
13. Tennessee (138.63) 11
14. Arizona State (132.88) 15
15. Texas Tech (126.17) 13
16. Stanford (101.96) 16
17. Colorado (99.74) 20
18. Washington State (98.45) 18
19. Georgia (95.89) 31
20. Washington (93.25) 32
21. Miami, Fla. (92.91) 21
22. Southern Illinois (92.01) 23
23. Penn State (88.77) 22
24. TCU (88.39) 24
25. Kansas (87.34) 26

MEN
Team (Points) Last Week
1. Florida (379.02) 1
2. Texas A&M (337.08) 2
3. Texas Tech (273.22) 3
4. Florida State (269.27) 4
5. LSU (228.29) 5
6. Mississippi State (182.41) 6
7. Southern California (181.82) 7
8. Stanford (157.37) 8
9. Texas (154.46) 14
10. Nebraska (147.07) 9
11. Oregon (137.22) 10
12. Arkansas (128.84) 13
13. Minnesota (127.24) 11
14. Kansas (124.64) 12
15. BYU (120.76) 15
16. Virginia Tech (108.16) 18
17. Oklahoma (107.72) 17
18. Auburn (107.30) 16
19. Baylor (100.76) 31
20. Ole Miss (98.95) 23
21. Georgia (98.42) 22
22. South Carolina (90.93) 20
23. UCLA (87.60) 21
24. Kansas State (85.54) 19
25. Alabama (84.82) 24