Track & Field Remains in Nation's Top 5

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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Track & Field Remains in Nation's Top 5

BATON ROUGE – The top five of the national rankings remained unchanged following this weekend’s action as the Lady Tigers are No. 2 and the Tigers are No. 5 once again in the latest Top 25 power ranking released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Lady Tigers are ranked No. 2 nationally for the third-straight week as they trail only the No. 1-ranked Texas A&M Aggies in the women’s power ranking. Rounding out the women’s top five again this week are No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Southern California and No. 5 Clemson.

Likewise, the top five of the men’s power ranking has remained unchanged with the Tigers trailing only a quartet of teams in No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 4 Florida State.

LSU athletes posted two NCAA top-five and two NCAA top-10 performances this season this weekend at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational held Saturday at Cobb Stadium at the University of Miami.

Two Lady Tigers wrapped up the weekend ranked No. 5 in the country in their respective events as junior Cassandra Tate won the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a seasonal-best time of 57.02 seconds and junior Semoy Hackett finished runner-up in the women’s 200-meter dash with her season-opening time of 22.92. Hackett is actually tied for the No. 5 spot in the NCAA this season in the 200-meter dash.

Two Tigers also finished the weekend ranked among the nation’s Top 10 performers in their events led by a No. 9-ranked performance by senior Gabriel Mvumvure in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.67, and a No. 10-ranked performance by junior Michael Lauro in the hammer throw at 216 feet, 2 inches.

While there has been no change at the top of the rankings in recent weeks, that will likely change with the release of the USTFCCCA Top 25 next week on April 26 as the organization will no longer consider the 2010 seasonal best performances used to calculate the 2011 preseason rankings.

Next week’s power ranking will only take into account times and marks recorded by athletes competing at their respective universities for the 2011 outdoor season, excluding the combined events.

After spending a few days on South Beach for Spring Break, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will return home to Baton Rouge on Tuesday night before playing host to the LSU Alumni Gold meet on April 23 at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium. As part of the festivities, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will also host a second annual LSU Track & Field Team Awards and Alumni Recognition Banquet on Friday night.

USTFCCCA Top 25

WOMEN

Team (Points) Last Week
1. Texas A&M (370.53) 1
2. LSU (339.69) 2
3. Oregon (298.47) 3
4. Southern California (256.96)
5. Clemson (212.43) 5
6. Oklahoma (201.64) 7
7. Texas (198.56) 6
8. Arizona (159.67) 9
9. Arkansas (152.24) 8
10. Arizona State (149.12) 14
11. Auburn (141.69) 11
12. Florida State (136.53) 10
13. Tennessee (135.16) 13
14. Baylor (128.00) 12
15. Texas Tech (112.71) 15
16. Colorado (111.42) 17
17. Stanford (107.14) 16
18. SMU (100.77) 29
19. Washington State (93.89) 18
20. Georgia (91.91) 19
21. Miami, Fla. (90.44) 21
22. Southern Illinois (90.02) 22
23. TCU (85.93) 24
24. BYU (85.89) 26
25. Kansas (85.50) 25

MEN
Team (Points) Last Week
1. Florida (416.47) 1
2. Texas A&M (337.48) 2
3. Texas Tech (268.21) 3
4. Florida State (252.74) 4
5. LSU (225.65) 5
6. Southern California (183.60) 7
7. Mississippi State (179.61) 6
8. Stanford (148.65) 8
9. BYU (144.90) 15
10. Nebraska (144.68) 10
11. Texas (144.15) 9
12. Arkansas (136.14) 12
13. Oregon (128.34) 11
14. Virginia Tech (126.61) 16
15. Minnesota (122.84) 13
16. Arizona (120.44) 26
17. Auburn (119.98) 18
18. Kansas (119.60) 14
19. Georgia (109.81) 21
20. Oklahoma (104.66) 17
21. Baylor (98.98) 19
22. Ole Miss (97.28) 20
23. South Carolina (89.00) 22
24. UCLA (83.92) 23
25. Alabama (82.45) 25