LSU Track & Field Women, Men Ranked No. 1 in the Country

by Aaron Hyder | Assistant Communications Director
LSU Track & Field Women, Men Ranked No. 1 in the Country

Baton Rouge, La. – Head coach Dennis Shaver of the LSU track and field program has both his women’s and men’s squads ranked No. 1 in the nation going into the 2020 NCAA Indoor Championships that will take place March 13-14 in Albuquerque, N.M., at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The NCAA Division I Ratings Index was released Monday afternoon by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and it had both of LSU’s women’s and men’s team ranked No. 1 nationally.

Women’s Rankings | Men’s Rankings

This is the third-straight week that the women have been ranked No. 1 in the nation, and it marks the first time this season that the men have ascended to the top spot. In the previous six polls, the men have been ranked No. 2. Both squads are coming off second-place showings at the SEC Championships this past weekend. It marks the second time in program history that the LSU men have been ranked No. 1 during the indoor season.

The LSU women have 10 athletes and one relay that currently rank inside the top-10 nationally, and the men have seven athletes in a total of eight events that rank top 10 nationally in addition to the men’s 4×400 meter relay. The Tigers registered seven top-10 national marks this weekend at the SEC Indoor Championships.

Top-eight finishes in any event at the NCAA meet earn points for the athlete’s team. LSU has two athletes – Terrance Laird and Tonea Marshall – that currently own the NCAA lead in their events. Marshall’s season best altitude converted time of 7.88 in the 60 meter hurdles s No. 1, and Laird’s personal best of 20.43 seconds in the 200 meter dash is the national lead. JuVaughn Harrison is LSU’s only athlete that currently ranks inside the top five nationally in two separate events. His season best long jump of 26′ 7.25″ (8.11 meters) and season best high jump of 7′ 5.75″ (2.28 meters) rank No. 2 and No. 3 in the NCAA, respectively. Rayvon Grey, the 2019 NCAA indoor national champion in the long jump, owns the third best mark in the nation this year in the event with a leap of 26′ 6.50″ (8.09 meters). A full list of the rest of LSU’s athletes ranked inside the top-10 nationally can be viewed below.

Dylan Peebles (Sr.) – 200m Dash – 20.74 – No.8
Akanni Hislop (Sr.) – 200m Dash – 20.76 – No. 10
Symone Mason (Jr.) – 200m Dash – 22.76 – No. 4
Thelma Davies (Fr.) – 200m Dash – 22.80 – No. 5
Tyler Terry (Sr.) – 400m Dash – 46.01 – No. 10
Amber Anning (Fr.) – 400m Dash – 52.22 – No. 10
Katy-Ann McDonald – 800m Run – 2:04.59 – No. 9
Eric Edwards Jr. (So.) – 60m Hurdles – 7.61 – No. 3
Damion Thomas (Jr.) – 60m Hurdles – 7.68 – No. 9
Alia Armstrong (Fr.) – 60m Hurdles – 7.95 – No. 3
4x400m Relay (Women) – 3:31.23 – No. 6
4x400m Relay (Men) – 3:06.24 – No. 6
Abby O’Donoghue (Jr.) – High Jump – 6′ 2.25″ (1.89m) – No. 2
Nyagoa Bayak (Fr.) – High Jump – 5′ 11.50″ (1.82m) – No. 6
Lisa Gunnarsson (Jr.) – Pole Vault – 14′ 7.50″ (4.46m) – No. 6
Mercy Abire (Sr.) – Long Jump – 21′ 1.50″ (6.44m) – No. 8