T&F Rankings - Men Hold at No. 2, Women Up to No. 5
Baton Rouge, La. – Using a bevy of top-10 NCAA standards, the LSU men’s and women’s track and field teams both positioned themselves in the top five of the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association ratings index on Monday (April 29). The men check in at the No. 2 spot for the third-straight week, and the women moved back up to No. 5.
Top-10 national marks at the LSU Invitational by Mondo Duplantis and Kary Vincent Jr. helped the men’s squad maintain their spot. Duplantis cleared a bar of 19′ 5.75” (5.94m) in the pole vault and Vincent Jr. ran a 10.07 (+2.6) in his first 100 meter dash since his high school days. The mark of 19′ 5.75” for Duplantis was an LSU school record, a 2019 world lead, and the second-best clearance ever outdoors by a collegiate athlete. Vincent Jr.’s 10.07 currently ranks sixth in the nation.
The women’s hurdling trio of Tonea Marshall, Jurnee Woodward and Brittley Humphrey all had superb showings in their respective races. Marshall clocked a wind-aided time of 12.74 in the 100 meter hurdles to register an all-conditions best for herself to rank No. 2 in the NCAA. The race of the day for the women’s squad featured Woodward and Humphrey in the 400 meter hurdles. Woodward (56.82) and Humphrey (57.30) finished one-two in their race and registered the third and fifth-fastest times in America with those readouts. Freshman Sha’Carri Richardson notched two different top-10 marks in the 100 and 200 meter dash. She ran a 11.06 (+2.4) in the 100 meters to rank third nationally, and then she clocked a 22.78 in the 200 meter dash to check in at No. 6 in the nation. Richardson is the only freshman sprinter in the nation to be ranked in the top 10 of both the 100 and 200 meters.
LSU will be back in action on May 9-11 at the SEC Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.