Lady Tigers No. 2, Tigers No. 3 in Latest Track Power Rankings

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 4:02pm

BATON ROUGE, La - Now that the LSU track and field teams turn their attention to the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships, the Lady Tigers are ranked No. 2 and the Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 power ranking.

With the release of the USTFCCCA Top 25 on Tuesday, the Lady Tigers have dropped back to No. 2 this week after spending the previous three weeks as the No. 1-ranked team in the country.

In a battle that is sure to continue at the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 8-11, Texas A&M has taken over the top spot in this week’s power ranking after trailing the Lady Tigers in each of the last three weeks. The two powers have battled one another for the top spot in the rankings throughout the outdoor season as national championship contenders.

Other programs sure to join in the national championship chase in the women’s side include No. 3-ranked Oregon, No. 4-ranked Clemson and No. 5-ranked Southern California rounding out the top five.

The Lady Tigers have returned to training following a dominating performance in Athens, Ga., during the weekend as they captured their fourth team title in five seasons at the 2011 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In fact, LSU completed the season sweep of SEC titles for the first time since 2008, after also winning the team championship at the SEC Indoor Championships in March.

Leading the way for the Lady Tigers was a trio of SEC event champions, including junior Semoy Hackett in the 100-meter dash, sophomore Kimberlyn Duncan in the 200-meter dash and freshman hurdler Jasmin Stowers in the 100-meter hurdles. The Lady Tigers also won the 4x100-meter relay championship.

After earning a fourth-place finish in the final men’s team standings, the Tigers held onto their position at No. 3 in this week’s power ranking as they stand firmly in trophy position at the NCAA Championships.

The two teams directly ahead of the Tigers in the national rankings have traded places this week, as No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Texas A&M are favored to battle one another for the national championship. Wrapping up the top five of this week’s men’s power ranking is No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 Texas Tech.

Senior Walter Henning and Junior Barrett Nugent each defended SEC titles over the weekend as Henning won his third-straight conference championship in the hammer throw and Nugent won his second-straight conference championship in the 110-meter hurdles. Nugent actually made history with his win as he is the only LSU Tiger in history to win back-to-back SEC titles in the sprint hurdles.

Next up for LSU will be a trip to Bloomington, Ind., in two weeks as they begin their march to the NCAA Championships with an appearance at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds to be held on May 27-29 at the E.C. Billy Hayes Track on the campus of the University of Indiana.

 

USTFCCCA Top 25

 

WOMEN

Team (Points) Last Week

1. Texas A&M (316.65) 2

2. LSU (308.66) 1

3. Oregon (264.66) 5

4. Clemson (241.62) 3

5. Southern California (205.30) 4

6. Oklahoma (199.76) 6

7. Arkansas (175.57) 7

8. Arizona (175.50) 8

9. Baylor (171.10) 9

10. Arizona State (165.28) 12

11. Texas (154.76) 10

12. Auburn (150.78) 13

13. Nebraska (136.45) 14

14. Tennessee (124.52) 21

15. Texas Tech (121.61) 11

16. Washington State (116.66) 23

17. Colorado (115.89) 15

18. Kansas (112.39) 25

19. Kansas State (108.93) 16

20. Southern Illinois (104.84) 20

21. Georgia (101.33) 18

22. Stanford (100.51) 26

23. Florida (98.99) 33

24. Central Florida (95.19) 17

25. SMU (81.92) 24

 

MEN

Team (Points) Last Week

1. Florida (373.17) 2

2. Texas A&M (365.91) 1

3. LSU (268.75) 3

4. Florida State (246.71) 4

5. Texas Tech (223.53) 5

6. Southern California (187.97) 7

7. Arkansas (176.19) 11

8. Texas (175.76) 6

9. Nebraska (150.88) 8

10. Baylor (136.85) 13

11. Arizona (133.66) 10

12. Virginia Tech (126.76) 9

13. Oregon (126.49) 20

14. Stanford (126.19) 12

15. Kansas (119.89) 17

16. Oklahoma (118.04) 16

17. BYU (116.27) 15

18. Ole Miss (103.35) 18

19. Georgia (103.07) 14

20. Washington (96.83) 23

21. Iowa (88.30) 36

22. UCLA (79.52) 21

23. Arizona State (73.70) 30

24. Penn State (73.68) 19

25. New Mexico (73.26) 27

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