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Men's Track & Field Ranked No. 1
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Published: January 25, 2011, 02:58 PM (CT)
Updated: January 26, 2011, 10:45 AM (CT)

BATON ROUGE - On the strength of their early-season performance through two weeks of the 2011 indoor campaign, the LSU men's track and field team is the new No. 1-ranked team in the country and the women's team has held firm as the No. 3-ranked team nationally in this week's power ranking released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

After being ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the USTFCCCA Top 25 preseason power ranking on Jan. 6, the Tigers have moved up one spot to No. 1 and the Lady Tigers have held their position at No. 3 in the first power ranking released by the USTFCCCA during the regular season.

The Tigers have switched places with No. 2 and defending NCAA Indoor champion Florida, with No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 5 Oregon rounding out the top-five spots in this week's rankings.

The Lady Tigers trail only No. 1 Oregon and No. 2 Texas A&M in the power ranking and are followed by only No. 4 Clemson and No. 5 Tennessee in the top five of the women's power ranking.

Three Tigers rank No. 1 in the country in their respective events through two full weeks of the season, led by senior Walter Henning in the 35-pound weight throw (72-3 ¾), senior Zedric Thomas in the long jump (26-3 ¾) and junior Horatio Williams in the 60-meter dash (6.61).

The Tigers also feature two other athletes who rank among the top three performers in the country in their respective events as sophomore Damar Forbes ranks No. 2 behind Thomas in the long jump with his mark of 26-3 and Williams also ranks No. 3 nationally in the 200-meter dash with a best time of 20.86.

Junior sprinter Semoy Hackett has set the pace for the Lady Tigers through the early part of the season, as she ranks among the national leaders with NCAA automatic qualifying times in the 60 and 200 meters.

Hackett set a pair of personal records at the LSU vs. Texas A&M Dual Meet this past weekend with times of 7.24 in the 60-meter dash and 22.98 in the 200-meter dash. With her performance, Hackett now ranks No. 2 in the country in the 200 meters and No. 3 in the country in the 60 meters as she has established herself as a true NCAA championship contender in each event for the 2011 indoor season.

USTFCCCA Top 25 (as of Jan. 25)
Team (Points) Last Week

MEN
1. LSU (158.66) 2
2. Florida (128.36) 1
3. Texas A&M (120.45) 3
4. Texas Tech (108.88) 7
5. Oregon (98.95) 4
6. Virginia Tech (86.91) 5
7. Indiana (86.26) 10
8. Stanford (79.53) 9
9. Florida State (79.32) 6
10. Penn State (77.39) 8
11. Nebraska (70.51) 12
12. Arkansas (67.76) 13
13. Auburn (66.53) 11
14. Georgia (59.57) 14
15. Minnesota (57.49) 16
16. California (56.10) 17
17. BYU (55.28) 35
18. Texas (50.49) 15
19. Oklahoma State (49.56) 19
20. Kansas State (46.94) 20
21. Ohio State (46.53) 31
22. North Carolina (45.81) 21
23. Oklahoma (45.34) 18
24. Washington (43.06) 22
25. Baylor (41.54) 24

WOMEN
1. Oregon (183.12) 1
2. Texas A&M (154.17) 2
3. LSU (126.08) 3
4. Clemson (116.72) 5
5. Tennessee (103.03) 4
6. Arkansas (93.04) 6
7. West Virginia (81.25) 8
8. Southern Illinois (78.54) 9
9. Auburn (72.44) 7
10. BYU (72.07) 12
11. Villanova (70.10) 11
12. Oklahoma (60.89) 10
13. Texas Tech (60.61) 15
14. Florida State (58.13) 13
15. Central Florida (54.04) 34
16. Indiana (52.30) 27
17. Nebraska (51.71) 17
18. Texas (50.12) 16
19. Arizona (49.25) 14
20. Penn State (46.29) 19
21. Louisville (43.22) 18
22. South Carolina (42.88) 20
23. Georgetown (42.65) 21
24. Ohio State (41.94) 23
25. Baylor (38.04) 35

 

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