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Lady Tigers Track & Field No. 1 in Power Rankings
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Published: February 11, 2013, 03:06 PM (CT)

BATON ROUGE - As they prepare for their final tune up before the championship season by playing host to the LSU Twilight on Friday night, the Lady Tigers ascended to the top of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 power rankings on Monday as the new No. 1-ranked team in collegiate track and field.

The Tigers are also ranked among the nation's premier programs as the No. 14-ranked men's squad in this week's USTFCCCA Top 25 ranking.

Monday's release of the USTFCCCA Top 25 marks the first time this year that the organization is using only performances recorded during the 2013 season for its ranking calculation.

With five weeks of the 2013 indoor season now in the books, the Lady Tigers feature a total of 10 performers who rank among the Top 10 of the NCAA rankings this season, including two new additions in senior Takeia Pinckney and junior Lynnika Pitts with their performance at the Tyson Invitational over the weekend.

Both Lady Tigers cracked the Top 5 of the national rankings during the meet as Pitts leaped to a lifetime personal best of 43 feet, 1 inch for second place in the triple jump and Pinckney raced to a seasonal best of 7.28 seconds in a third-place finish in the 60-meter dash as each now ranks No. 5 nationally in their respective event.

Lady Tiger senior Kimberlyn Duncan also sprinted to an indoor PR in a runner-up finish in the 200-meter final on Saturday with a 22.72 clocking to finish the meet as the NCAA's No. 2-ranked sprinter in the event. Duncan also remains the NCAA leader in the 60 meters with a career-best of 7.16 set in her victory at the Armory Collegiate Invitational two weeks ago.

Also improving its NCAA position on Saturday at the Tyson Invitational was the Lady Tiger 4x400-meter relay team that clocked the nation's No. 4-ranked time at 3 minutes, 33.91 seconds.

The Lady Tigers also feature the nation's two fastest 800-meter runners in junior Natoya Goule (2:03.49) and senior Charlene Lipsey (2:03.76), as well as three athletes who rank No. 7 in the NCAA in their events in juniors Keri Emanuel (42-8 ¾) in the triple jump, Denise Hinton (69-9 ¾) in the weight throw and Jasmin Stowers (8.19) in the 60-meter hurdles.

The Tigers are led this season by a pair of athletes ranking No. 3 nationally in their events with senior Damar Forbes jumping a seasonal-best of 26-0 ¾ in the long jump and sophomore sprinter Aaron Ernest running an indoor PR of 20.79 in the 200-meter dash. The Tigers have also run the NCAA's NO. 6-ranked 4x400-meter relay with a seasonal-best time of 3:07.74.

LSU Track & Field is set to wrap up the regular season on Friday night as they play host to the LSU Twilight at the Carl Maddox Field House in Baton Rouge.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers will then return to the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., for a pair of postseason appearances at the SEC Indoor Championship being held Feb. 24-26 and the NCAA Indoor Championships being held March 8-9 on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

USTFCCCA Top 25 (Feb. 11)

WOMEN
Team (Points) Last Week
1. LSU (162.45) 3
2. Arkansas (149.24) 4
3. Clemson (146.21) 2
4. Kansas (143.03) 1
5. Oregon (136.64) 5
6. Florida (118.25) 7
7. Georgia (88.95) 10
8. Texas A&M (85.06) 6
9. Central Florida (83.47) 9
10. Iowa State (81.28) 11
11. Arizona (80.55) 13
12. Arizona State (79.48) 17
13. Texas (75.52) 14
14. South Carolina (70.05) 20
15. Illinois (60.67) 36
16. Stanford (48.30) 16
17. Michigan (46.33) 31
18. Indiana State (45.81) 18
19. Dartmouth (45.45) 15
20. Wichita State (40.45) 23
21. Georgetown (35.50) 39
22. Baylor (33.74) 19
23. San Diego State (33.12) 22
24. Connecticut (31.36) 29
25. Mississippi State (30.21) 30

MEN
Team (Points) Last Week
1. Arkansas (210.20) 1
2. Florida (131.78) 2
3. Oklahoma State (94.03) 23
4. Texas A&M (87.62) 3
5. Penn State (81.70) 13
6. Texas Tech (81.46) 34
7. Nebraska (76.37) 14
8. Oregon (72.63) 4
9. Texas (69.85) 11
10. Indiana (67.25) 7
11. Wisconsin (61.39) 15
12. Florida State (59.52) 16
13. Arizona State (56.42) 5
14. LSU (52.80) 6
15. Oklahoma (51.42) 22
16. Ole Miss (48.73) 17
17. Virginia Tech (41.29) 19
18. Clemson (40.17) 29
19. Texas-Arlington (40.00) 25
20. Indiana State (38.87) 30
21. Pittsburgh (38.27) 28
22. George Mason (37.84) 44
23. Minnesota (37.08) 8
24. Kansas State (36.56) 21
25. Michigan (36.26) 45

 

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