T&F Rankings — April 22
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU men’s track and field team has moved up to No. 2 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ratings index that was released on Monday (April 22). The women check in at No. 8.
For the men, it’s their highest ranking since late in the 2016 season. The men are bolstered by three national leading marks with JuVaughn Harrison in the long jump, and then both the 4×1 and 4×400 meter relays have NCAA leads as well. The ratings boost came via six top-10 national marks at the LSU Alumni Gold meet on Saturday. Jaron Flournoy ran the fastest all-conditions time of his career in the 200 meters with a wind-aided time of 20.13 to rank second nationally.
Harrison added another top-10 national mark to his resume with a career-best outdoor high jump clearance of 7′ 4.25” (2.24 meters) on Saturday to rank third nationally. The 110 meter hurdling duo of Damion Thomas (13.58) and Arthur Price (13.61) both clocked season bests to rank sixth and seventh nationally. In the 400 meter hurdles, senior Christian Boyd clocked a season best of 50.55 to register the 10th fastest time in all of the land. Mondo Duplantis opened up his outdoor collegiate pole vault career with a clearance of 18′ 2.50” (5.55m) to rank seventh on the national scale.
On the women’s side, Tonea Marshall‘s career-best readout of 12.81 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles in the current NCAA lead. She knocked off 2015 world champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica en route to running the second fastest time in the world in 2019 and registered the fifth-fastest time in LSU history. Freshman Sha’Carri Richardson clocked the best NCAA-legal time of her season with a 11.12 second clocking the 100 meters to rank third in the NCAA.