The Lady Tigers, who finished third indoors, are ranked No. 4 outdoors
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Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season in Top 10
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Published: March 19, 2013, 02:39 PM (CT)

BATON ROUGE - As members of the LSU Track & Field program prepare to host the LSU Relays this weekend, the Lady Tigers are ranked No. 4 and the Tigers are ranked No. 10 with the preseason power rankings released Tuesday morning by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Lady Tigers open the outdoor campaign as the nation's No. 4-ranked team after claiming their fourth-straight third-place team trophy at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9.

The Tigers, who were the NCAA Outdoor runners-up a year ago, are the nation's No. 10-ranked team in the preseason as they look toward the outdoor season.

The Texas A&M men and Kansas women have each claimed the No. 1 national ranking in the USTFCCCA Top 25 to begin the 2013 outdoor season. The Aggies are followed by No. 2 Arkansas, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Texas and No. 5 Auburn in the men's power ranking, while the Jayhawks are followed by No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Arizona and No. 5 Texas in the women's power ranking.

The USTFCCCA preseason power rankings are compiled using seasonal-best performances from 2012 of the top returning athletes to each team in the NCAA Division I ranks.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers are preparing to play host to their first of three home meets during the 2013 outdoor season as the LSU Relays will run Friday and Saturday at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge. They will also play host to the Battle on the Bayou on April 13 and the LSU Alumni Gold on April 20 during the regular season.

USTFCCCA Women's Preseason Top 25

Team (Points) Last Year
1. Kansas (307.29) 4
2. Oregon (295.04) 2
3. Arizona (262.22) 19
4. LSU (231.47)
5. Texas (217.95) 11
6. Texas A&M (212.79) 3
7. Florida (209.25) 12
8. Arizona State (207.31) 24
9. Stanford (188.00) 6
10. Clemson (176.64) 4
11. Central Florida (150.16) 19
12. Arkansas (148.19) 24
13. Baylor (124.04) 60
14. Georgia (118.04) 21
15. San Diego State (114.32) 9
16. Illinois (113.46) 30
17. Texas Tech (103.79) 55
18. Washington (103.07) 8
19. Nebraska (98.81) 63
20. Penn State (96.03) 29
21. Auburn (93.80) 24
22. Colorado (92.27) 14
23. Southern California (88.02) 24
24. UCLA (85.28) 21
25. Michigan State (84.12) 47

USTFCCCA Men's Preseason Top 25

Team (Points) Last Year
1. Texas A&M (328.71) 3
2. Arkansas (306.75) 8
3. Florida (220.46) 1
4. Texas (214.91) 9
5. Auburn (211.74) 6
6. Oregon (198.23) 9
7. Wisconsin (183.97) 32
8. Southern California (182.79) 11
9. Florida State (175.32) 4
10. LSU (165.97) 2
11. Ole Miss (151.42) 38
12. UCLA (149.07) 17
13. Oklahoma (133.88) 40
14. Mississippi State (133.35) 43
15. Arizona State (125.75) 16
16. Texas Tech (124.45) 18
17. Nebraska (124.11) 11
18. Indiana (114.40) 11
19. Minnesota (109.08) 27
20. Arizona (98.50) 7
21. Penn State (91.77) 21
22. Oklahoma State (91.33) 66
23. Kansas State (88.59) 23
24. Georgia (80.35) 64
25. Iowa State (74.50) 49

 

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