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Indoor Track & Field Teams Ranked Among Elite
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Published: January 16, 2014, 07:20 PM (CT)

BATON ROUGE – As they do each and every season, the LSU Track & Field teams will kick off their 2014 indoor season this weekend ranked among the top teams in college track and field as they head to Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday to compete at the Auburn Indoor Invitational that will be held at the Birmingham Crossplex.

Both are ranked among the Top 10 teams in the Track & Field News Preseason Dual Meet Rankings released on Tuesday of this week as the Lady Tigers are ranked No. 3 and the Tigers are ranked No. 6 nationally.

LSU’s women posted a perfect 7-0 record in dual-meet competition a year ago to claim Track & Field News’ dual meet national championship as the No. 1-ranked dual meet team in the NCAA for both the 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons. The Tigers also return a well-rounded squad that was also strong in dual-meet competition a year ago.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association also released its preseason Top 25 power rankings this week as the Lady Tigers are ranked No. 8 and the Tigers are ranked No. 25 to open up the season.

The USTFCCCA Top 25 power rankings are based strictly on the national descending order lists of performances in each event being contested at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Performances have been taken from the 2013 season along with the national descending order list from the current season to compile the USTFCCCA Top 25 preseason power rankings.

The Lady Tigers have proven themselves as an NCAA championship contender indoors in recent years as they have taken home a third-place team finish in each of the last four years at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Tigers ended the 2013 indoor season with a 15th-place finish in the final men’s team standings at the NCAA Championships.

Track & Field News 2014 Preseason Indoor Dual Meet Rankings

Men
1. Arkansas
2. Texas
3. Texas A&M
4. Texas Tech
5. Nebraska
6. LSU
7. Eastern Michigan
8. Akron
9. Kent State
10. Purdue

Women
1. Texas A&M
2. Texas
3. LSU
4. Arkansas
5. Notre Dame
6. North Carolina
7. Akron
8. Purdue
9. Kent State
10. Michigan

USTFCCCA 2014 Preseason Indoor Top 25 Rankings

Men
Team (Points) 2013 Rank
1. Arkansas (230.90) 1
2. Florida (177.79) 2
3. Oregon (165.33) T6
4. Wisconsin (98.70) 3
5. Texas A&M (97.85) 4
6. Penn State (83.28) T9
7. Florida State (76.59) T18
8. Nebraska (66.94) T32
9. Minnesota (54.78) T12
10. Oklahoma State (54.07) 8
11. Mississippi State (50.29) T12
12. Illinois (50.11) 49
13. Georgia (46.63) T18
14. Colorado (41.90) NR
15. Texas (41.80) T23
16. Ole Miss (41.01) T23
17. Arizona (39.69) T6
18. Baylor (39.05) T32
19. Virginia Tech (39.02) T9
20. Stanford (38.56) 30
21. Arizona State (36.44) 16
22. UTEP (35.64) 47
23. Princeton (35.09) 21
24. Alabama (34.05) T32
25. LSU (33.50) 15

Women
Team (Points) 2013 Rank
1. Texas (177.09) 18
2. Texas A&M (155.74) 12
3. Florida (146.62) 13
4. Oregon (126.09) 1
5. Georgia (96.86) 10
6. Kentucky (93.45) 20
7. Arkansas (93.32) 4
8. LSU (77.68) 3
9. Stanford (76.68) NR
10. Kansas (66.89) 2
11. South Carolina (55.99) 31
12. Providence (55.71) NR
13. Michigan (53.95) T15
14. Dartmouth (50.55) 11
15. Mississippi State (50.06) 20
16. Kent State (48.78) T25
17. Purdue (46.83) NR
18. Georgetown (43.10) 35
19. Florida State (42.81) T15
20. Washington (41.88) NR
21. Maryland (39.23) NR
22. Villanova (38.45) T25
23. Arizona State (38.39) 7
24. Harvard (38.30) 40
25. Akron (37.92) NR

 

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