Track & Field in Position to Compete in NCAA's

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Track & Field in Position to Compete in NCAA's

BATON ROUGE – As the LSU track and field teams turn their attention to the postseason, the No. 1-ranked Lady Tigers and No. 2-ranked Tigers are looking to put themselves in a position to compete for a national title while qualifying for the 2010 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The NCAA has eliminated the regional format used for qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships since the 2003 season in favor of a new format to determine this year’s national champions.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers want to be ranked among the top 48 performers in their respective events at the end of the SEC Championships to earn an invitation to compete in the preliminary rounds of the 2010 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held at the East site at Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro, N.C., from May 27-29. This marks the first year of the newly adopted format by the NCAA.

The top 48 performers in each individual event and the top 24 relay teams that declare for the postseason in both the East and West regions will compete in the NCAA preliminary rounds. Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro will serve as the East site, while Mike A Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin will serve as the West site.

When competing in the NCAA Preliminary Rounds, the top 12 finishers in each open and relay event will qualify for the national semifinal and final rounds of the 2010 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene from June 9-12.

In all, 96 individuals and 48 relay teams nationwide will compete in the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Championships scheduled to run from May 27-29.

LSU would be well-represented if the NCAA Preliminary Rounds were held today as the Tigers and Lady Tigers feature 53 individual performances that rank among the top 48 in the East region in their respective events and four relays that rank among the top 24 in both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

The LSU men and women have one final opportunity to either improve their position or enter the ranking to gain qualification for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds when they compete at the 2010 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships being held May 13-16 at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

LSU’s Current Qualifiers for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (as of April 30, 2010)

Men

Name, Event, Time/Mark, Region Ranking
Ade Alleyne-Forte, 400 meters, 46.97, 26
Chris Bless, Hammer, 196-11, 29
Joseph Caraway, Pole Vault, 17-0 ¾, T17
Will Coppage, Long Jump, 25-0, 10
Mark DeBlanc, Javelin, 210-4, 32
Josh Dominguez, Pole Vault, 17-8 ½, T4
Damar Forbes, Long Jump, 25-10 ¾, 2
Damar Forbes, Triple Jump, 52-0, T4
Earnest Green, Triple Jump, 48-11, 44
Armanti Hayes, 400 meters, 46.25, 8
Walter Henning, Hammer, 239-5, 2
Jerel Hill, 100 meters, 10.34, T10
Jerel Hill, 200 meters, 20.90w, 24
Jamaal James, 800 meters, 1:48.34, 4
Johnathan Johnson, 100 meters, 10.44, T26
Richard Jones, 800 meters, 1:46.90, 1
Michael Lauro, Hammer, 217-8, 8
Marcus McGehee, Pole Vault, 17-1 ½, 14
Aaron Moore, Javelin, 210-4, 33
Barrett Nugent, 110 hurdles, 13.58, 1
Thomas Reinecke, Pole Vault, 16-6 ¾, T35
Kyle Rose, Pole Vault, 16-1 ¾, 48
Ross Roubion, Hammer, 192-4, 42
Ryan Roubion, Javelin, 209-10, 34
Robert Simmons, 400 meters, 47.21, T32
Zedric Thomas, Long Jump, 25-2 ¾, 8
Zedric Thomas, Triple Jump, 52-6 ½, 3
Sadiki White, 800 meters, 1:49.13, 14
Caleb Williams, 400 meters, 46.50, 16
4×100-Meter Relay, 39.43, 3
4×400-Meter Relay, 3:05.80, 3

Women

Name, Event, Time/Mark, Region Ranking
Brittani Carter, High Jump, 6-0 ½, 2
Kristina Davis, 100 meters, 11.57, T25
Kimberlyn Duncan, 200 meters, 22.96w, 3
Brittany Hall, 800 meters, 2:03.76, 3
Samantha Henry, 100 meters, 11.18, 2
Samantha Henry, 200 meters, 22.94w, 2
Siedda Herbert, 400 meters, 54.35, 27
Tenaya Jones, 100 hurdles, 13.32, 10
Liann Kellman, 200 meters, 23.82w, T33
Rachel Laurent, Pole Vault, 13-11 ¼, T3
Charlene Lipsey, 800 meters, 2:05.89, 4
Latoya McDermott, 400 meters, 54.87, 48
Melissa Ogbourne, Long Jump, 20-4 ½, 10
Melissa Ogbourne, Triple Jump, 43-5 ¾w, T4
Takeia Pinckney, 100 meters, 11.38, T11
Takeia Pinckney, 200 meters, 23.34w, 11
Katelyn Rodrigue, Pole Vault, 13-1 ¾, 14
Samia Stokes, Discus, 166-6, 19
Cassandra Tate, 400 hurdles, 58.08, 9
LaTavia Thomas, 800 meters, 2:01.40, 1
Kayann Thompson, 800 meters, 2:04.54, 2
Kim Williams, Hammer, 195-9, 7
Kenyanna Wilson, 100 meters, 11.34w, T7
Kenyanna Wilson, 200 meters, 23.24, 7
4×100-Meter Relay, 43.25, 1
4×400-Meter Relay, 3:31.46, 1