Aaron M. Sprecher

Lady Tigers Start Indoor Season Ranked No. 7

Judy Willson
Judy Willson
Communications Associate

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its 2018 preseason indoor rankings today with the LSU women making a seventh-place showing. It is the second year in a row that the Lady Tigers are opening the season with a No. 7 ranking in the first poll of the year.

The Lady Tigers have finished in the Top 10 nationally in 13 of the last 16 seasons at the NCAA Division I Indoor National Championships. In 2017, LSU ended up in a tie for 18th place with 11 points.

“I am really excited to see what this team can do in 2018,” said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. “We came up a bit short at the NCAA Indoor Championships last season, by our standards, and we have to push ourselves in the coming weeks to get back into a Top-10 finish at the end of the season.”

Several key competitors return from that team, including senior Mikiah Brisco and junior Kortnei Johnson. Along with Brisco and Johnson, Cassondra Hall, Aleia Hobbs, Kymber Payne, Rachel Misher and Hollie Parker were a part of the largest LSU contingent to compete at the NCAA national finals since 2011.

Brisco, the 2017 NCAA 100-meter champion and eight-time NCAA All-American for the Lady Tigers was named to The Bowerman 2018 women’s watch list earlier in the week. The senior from Baton Rouge is a two-time All-American in the 60-meter hurdles as the fifth-place finisher at the NCAA Indoor Championships as a sophomore in 2016 and eight-place in 2017.

 

Hobbs, a senior from New Orleans, earned All-America honors in the 100-meter dash during the outdoor season while she was also crowned the SEC Champion in the 60 meters indoors and 100 meters outdoors to highlight her junior season in 2017. Johnson, from Italy, Texas, ran in an individual final at the NCAA Championships for the first time when she placed sixth nationally in the 60 meters to close the 2017 indoor season.

 

Payne, a senior from Compton, California, claimed the title of All-American for the first time in her career a year ago as the fifth-place finisher in the final of the 400-meter hurdles and a member of LSU’s bronze-medal-winning 4x400-meter relay team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last June.

 

2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Rankings

(Preseason – Jan. 10, 2018)

 

Rk.      Team                         Points

  1. Oregon 169.15
  2. Arkansas 147.15
  3. Georgia 135.53
  4. USC 109.49
  5. Texas 97.50
  6. Florida 87.49
  7. LSU 75.23
  8. Ole Miss 74.54
  9. Kentucky 68.46
  10. Texas A&M 57.51
  11. Wisconsin 54.73
  12. Michigan 48.26
  13. Minnesota 47.30
  14. Iowa State 47.09
  15. Mississippi State 46.15
  16. Stanford 45.17
  17. South Carolina 43.61
  18. Kansas State 43.45
  19. Baylor 42.96
  20. Alabama 36.89
  21. Cincinnati 35.39
  22. San Diego State 35.23
  23. Penn State 35.14
  24. Villanova 31.67
  25. New Mexico 31.33

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