Women's Track and Field Jumps Up to No. 4 in Rankings

by Judy Willson
Women's Track and Field Jumps Up to No. 4 in Rankings

NEW ORLEANS – The LSU women’s track & field team moved up to No. 4 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Week 6 rankings of the regular season announced on Monday afternoon.

A 1-2 finish by seniors Mikiah Brisco and Aleia Hobbs and a fifth-place finish in the 60-meter dash highlighted the Lady Tigers fourth-place finish at the 2018 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas over the weekend.

LSU head coach Dennis Shaver predicted a move from the Lady Tigers’ No. 6 ranking last week after the SEC Championships wrapped up on Sunday. “I won’t be surprised if we move up two or three sports after our performance here. More importantly, we put ourselves in a much better position for the NCAA Indoor Championships in two weeks.”

Brisco tied her NCAA-best time of the season with a 7.10 to win the title for the second time in three years. She added a silver medal in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 22.81, which stands as the second-fastest time in the world this year. Brisco totaled 18 points to win the Cliff Harper Award as the top point-earner at the meet.

Hobbs, the 2017 champion, ran a 60-meter time of 7.14, while Johnson clocked in at 7.22. Johnson also ran a personal-best 22.95 to take fourth place in the 200.

More points came from Tonea Marshall (8.08) and Brittley Humphrey (8.14) in the 60-meter hurdles at third and sixth place, respectively. Rachel Misher added points with a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash in a time of 53.23, while Abby O’Donoghue added a point with her eighth-place overall leap of 5-8.75 (1.75m) in the high jump.

LSU closed out the meet by claiming the 4×400 meter relay crown with a season-best time of 3:30.85. The 10 points by Rachel Misher, Cassondra Hall, Zakiya Denoon and Kymber Payne push the point total to 63.

2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rankings
(Week 6 – Feb. 26, 2018)

Rk. Team Points
1. Georgia, 160.65
2. Arkansas, 156.38
3. Kentucky, 135.53
4. LSU, 130.18
5. USC, 129.34
6. Oregon, 103.81
7. Florida, 99.02
8. New Mexico, 84.30
9. Stanford, 81.05
10. Texas A&M, 64.56
11. Virginia Tech, 64.00
12. Minnesota, 57.56
13. Missouri, 53.58
14. Boise State, 52.48
15. Purdue, 42.20
16. Tennessee, 42.07
17. Clemson, 41.37
18. Kansas State, 40.37
19. Colorado, 40.30
20. Cincinnati, 40.11
21. Auburn, 40.06
22. Florida State, 38.86
23. Kansas, 37.95
24. Arizona State, 36.99
25. Louisville, 36.78