LSU's Charlene Lipsey (left) with Natoya Goule
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Women Atop Indoor Rankings, Men Advance
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Published: February 26, 2013, 01:22 PM (CT)

BATON ROUGE - While emerging from the SEC Indoor Championships with three NCAA-leading performances this weekend, the Lady Tigers have earned a No. 1 national ranking for the third-straight week and the Tigers are up three spots to No. 13 nationally in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 released Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers are proven national championship contenders this season as they have held the top spot in the USTFCCCA Top 25 women's power ranking in each of the last three weeks.

Seniors Kimberlyn Duncan and Charlene Lipsey are the new NCAA leaders in their respective events after defending their SEC Indoor titles over the weekend.

Duncan sprinted to an NCAA-leading and world-leading indoor personal record of 22.54 seconds to claim her third-straight SEC Indoor crown in the 200-meter dash. The two-time defending NCAA Indoor champion in the one-lap race is now the No. 5-ranked 200-meter sprinter indoors in NCAA history with her performance in Sunday's final.

Duncan is also the No. 2-ranked sprinter nationally in the 60-meter dash during her senior campaign as she owns a seasonal-best time of 7.16 set at the Armory Collegiate Invitational earlier this year.

Lipsey also cracked the Top 10 of the NCAA's all-time indoor list in defending her SEC crown in the 800-meter run as she shattered LSU's indoor school record in the event in 2 minutes, 2.48 seconds as the new No. 1-ranked performer in the NCAA for 2013. Lipsey eclipsed the previous 14-year-old school record of 2:03.38 set by Claudine Williams in 1999.

Lipsey took the title over junior teammate Natoya Goule, who raced to the NCAA's No. 2-ranked performance this season with an indoor PR of 2:03.08 in Sunday's championship final. Two Lady Tigers are also ranked No. 3 nationally in their respective events following seasonal-best performances on Sunday as junior Jasmin Stowers ran 8.06 to win her third-straight SEC Indoor gold medal in the 60-meter hurdles and junior Keri Emanuel jumped a lifetime PR of 44 feet, 2 inches for an All-SEC second-place finish in the triple jump.

Following the Lady Tigers in this week's power ranking is three-time defending NCAA Indoor champion and No. 2-ranked Oregon, No. 3-ranked Kansas, No. 4-ranked Arkansas and No. 5-ranked Clemson.

The Tigers are up three spots to No. 13 in this week's USTFCCCA Top 25 men's power ranking as they are poised for a Top 10 finish at the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships to run at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 8-9.

Sophomore sprinter Aaron Ernest was crowned an SEC Champion for the first time in his collegiate career with a dominating performance in Sunday's 200-meter final at the SEC Indoor meet. Like Duncan, Ernest sprinted to a new NCAA-leading and world-leading time of 20.53 to match his lifetime personal best in the 200-meter dash.

The Tigers also received a seasonal-best performance from SEC Indoor silver medalist Damar Forbes, who soared to No. 2 in the NCAA rankings with a best mark of 26-5 ¾ in the long jump.

Those Tigers and Lady Tigers who have yet to qualify for the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will have one final opportunity to do so on Friday as they will host LSU's NCAA Indoor Qualifier this weekend at the Carl Maddox Field House in Baton Rouge.

USTFCCCA Women's Top 25
Team (Points) Last Week
1. LSU (167.44) 1
2. Oregon (159.28) 2
3. Kansas (147.70) 5
4. Arkansas (145.84) 3
5. Clemson (130.74) 4
6. Texas A&M (105.48) 9
7. Georgia (83.92) 7
8. Illinois (79.42) 15
9. Central Florida (79.38) 10
10. Florida (77.76) 6
11. Texas (75.29) 13
12. Arizona State (73.69) 8
13. Arizona (66.33) 11
14. Iowa State (65.34) 12
15. South Carolina (63.23) 14
16. Dartmouth (54.84) 18
17. Florida State (45.06) 42
18. Indiana State (45.04) 17
19. Stanford (39.89) 16
20. Wichita State (39.78) 19
21. Michigan (35.41) 20
22. Baylor (33.61) 25
23. Oklahoma (31.93) 29
24. Boston University (31.35) 28
25. Mississippi State (28.78) 27

USTFCCCA Men's Top 25
Team (Points) Last Week
1. Arkansas (196.27) 1
2. Florida (175.95) 2
3. Texas A&M (114.33) 3
4. Wisconsin (99.37) 10
5. Oregon (85.62) 11
6. Nebraska (73.72) 5
7. Indiana (70.44) 9
8. Texas Tech (67.58) 4
9. Texas (63.86) 8
10. Penn State (62.10) 7
11. Oklahoma State (61.17) 6
12. Virginia Tech (59.38) 28
13. LSU (54.69) 16
14. Florida State (54.53) 12
15. Arizona (53.92) 14
16. Arizona State (51.94) 13
17. Clemson (49.45) 24
18. Minnesota (49.25) 15
19. NC State (46.41) 17
20. Baylor (42.63) 40
21. Oklahoma (41.33) 21
22. Tulsa (40.05) 20
23. Ole Miss (39.56) 19
24. Northern Arizona (37.84) 23
25. Auburn (37.39) 31

 

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