Women's Track & Field Remains No. 1; Men No. 2

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Women's Track & Field Remains No. 1; Men No. 2

BATON ROUGE – In the wake of a successful weekend of qualifying at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Fla., the Lady Tigers remain No. 1 and the Tigers have climbed up to No. 2 in the latest Top 25 power ranking released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Lady Tigers are the nation’s No. 1-ranked team for the third-straight week as they have held on to the top spot in the ranking following their victory at the SEC Outdoor Championships on May 13.

Trailing LSU in the latest women’s power ranking are a quartet of national championship contenders with No. 2 Kansas, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 5 Clemson rounding out the nation’s Top 5.

The Tigers trail only No. 1-ranked Texas A&M in this week’s men’s ranking as they are up two spots into the No. 2 position after entering the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds with a No. 4 ranking. No. 3 Arizona, No. 4 Texas and No. 5 Florida State round out the Top 5 of the latest men’s national power ranking.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers have combined for more NCAA semifinalists than any program going to Des Moines, Iowa, next week for the semifinal and final rounds for the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships running June 6-9 at Drake Stadium. LSU’s squads emerged from the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds with a combined 33 semifinalists including relays.

The Tigers are the national leaders on the men’s side with 17 semifinalists making the trip to Des Moines, while the Lady Tigers rank second on the women’s side with 16 semifinalists of their own. Oregon is tops on the women’s side with 18 semifinalists earning their trip to Des Moines next week.

USTFCCCA Top 25

WOMEN
Team (Points) Last Week
1. LSU (349.89) 1
2. Kansas (276.72) 2
3. Oregon (239.80) 5
4. Texas A&M (232.32) 6
5. Clemson (225.74) 3
6. Texas (205.21) 4
7. Stanford (181.28) 10
8. Florida (175.25) 7
9. Oklahoma (142.20) 16
10. Arizona (141.65) 8
11. Tennessee (137.86) 9
12. Arkansas (135.96) 13
13. Central Florida (135.89) 14
14. Southern California (131.28) 23
15. Southern Illinois (117.53) 18
16. Arizona State (114.91) 12
17. Florida State (113.61) 24
18. Georgia (99.83) 20
19. Ohio State (97.45) 22
20. Louisville (97.28) 15
21. Illinois State (90.79) 17
22. Texas Tech (85.59) 11
23. Southern Miss (81.46) 26
24. San Diego State (80.11) 37
25. TCU (79.81) 30

MEN
Team (Points) Last Week
1. Texas A&M (284.76) 1
2. LSU (222.51) 4
3. Arizona (220.20) 6
4. Texas (219.50) 5
5. Florida State (209.96) 7
6. Florida (204.69) 2
7. Indiana (194.06) 3
8. Virginia Tech (178.65) 16
9. Southern California (165.52) 13
10. Auburn (163.34) 12
11. Texas Tech (161.66) 9
12. Arkansas (156.37) 8
13. Nebraska (152.27) 10
14. Ole Miss (146.39) 11
15. Oregon (133.19) 21
16. Stanford (126.54) 18
17. Arizona State (121.61) 14
18. Penn State (115.81) 19
19. Ohio State (104.82) 25
20. Kansas (104.30) 20
21. Georgia (101.45) 27
22. Minnesota (100.78) 26
23. Wisconsin (99.17) 15
24. UCLA (95.73) 28
25. Oklahoma (93.62) 22