COLLEGE STATION -- Recent rankings from the coaches association have the Texas A&M women moving up a position to No. 5 following their title defense of the Big 12 Indoor Championship last weekend. The Aggie men fell out of the top 25 and are currently No. 34.
Meanwhile, a form chart by Track & Field News for the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 14-15), where the A&M women look to improve upon a program best of 13th place last season, have the Aggies placing fourth with 40 points from sprint and relay production.
No. 1 ranked LSU is predicted for a NCAA Indoor title with 52 points ahead of Michigan (48), Arizona State (47), Texas A&M and a tie at fifth between Kansas and Stanford (31). The rest of the top 10 includes Tennessee (30), Minnesota (23), Texas Tech (22) and Florida State (22).
The T&FN form chart predicts points for the Aggie women in the 60 meters (4 points), 200 (18), 400 (10) and 4 x 400 relay (8). The points would come from a 1-2 finish by Porscha Lucas and Simone Facey in the 200 with freshman Jessica Beard winning the 400. A runner-up finish is predicted for the A&M 4 x 400 relay while Facey and Lucas are also expected to place sixth and eighth in the 60, respectively.
USTFCCCA Top 25 Rankings
Women: 1. LSU; 2. Arizona State; 3. Tennessee; 4. Michigan; 5. Texas A&M; 6. Stanford; 7. Minnesota; 8. Kansas; 9. Florida State; 10. Florida; 11. Penn State; 12. Texas; 13. Arkansas; 14. Texas Tech; 15. Virginia Tech; 16. Mississippi; 17. UTEP; 18. Oregon; 19. South Carolina; 20. Washington; 21. Arizona; 22. Kentucky; 23. Georgia Tech; 24. Alabama; 25. Kansas State.
Men: 1. Arizona State; 2. Tennessee; 3. Florida State; 4. LSU; 5. Florida; 6. Stanford; 7. BYU; 8. Arkansas; 9. Texas; 10. Northern Iowa; 11. Washington; 12. Oregon; 13. Oklahoma; 14. Texas Tech; 15. Baylor; 16. Clemson; 17. Boise State; 18. Wisconsin; 19. Georgia; 20. Arizona; 21. Georgetown; 22. Nebraska; 23. Liberty; 24. Kansas; 25. Michigan.
Action this weekend will have Aggies in three different locations. The men’s 4 x 400 relay heads to Ames, Iowa, for a NCAA qualifying meet at Iowa State on Saturday. Another group of sprinters and jumpers will head to Fayetteville, Arkansas, site of the NCAA Indoor Championships, to improve upon NCAA provisional qualifying marks in a Friday meet.
A group of throwers will open the Texas A&M outdoor season competing in Huntsville on Friday at the York Relays hosted by Sam Houston State. The Aggies will contest the discus and javelin.
The men’s 4 x 400 relay currently sits at No. 7 on the NCAA qualifying list with a best of 3:08.03. Three schools have posted times in the 3:06 range while four more have a 3:07 clocking. Only Baylor has surpassed the automatic standard of 3:06.50 with a 3:06.48. Normally the top 11 teams on the descending order list advance to the NCAA Indoor final.
Running on the relay on the oversized track at Iowa State are Chris Dykes, Justin Oliver, A.C. Robinson and Nick Robinson. They are slated to run at 4 p.m. That foursome was runner-up to Baylor at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 3:08.34.
Heading to the Tyson Center on the University of Arkansas campus are Lindsey Adams, Richard Adu-Bobie, Allison George, Gabby Mayo, Yasmine Regis, Zuheir Sharif, Dominique Stafford, Tyron Stewart, Angela Thomas and Sandy Wooten. They will contest events ranging from the 60 to 400 as well as the 60 hurdles and triple jump. Running events begin at 3 p.m. and the meet wraps up around 9:30 p.m. with the triple jump.
Contesting the men’s javelin at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Huntsville will be Chad Brown, Josh Posten, and Jacob Rodriquez. Throwing the discus at 11:30 a.m. will be Dylan Conway and Josh Tiemann.
Six Aggie women will be in the women’s javelin field at 12:15 p.m. The group includes Jessica Wingfield, a two-time All-American and 2007 Big 12 silver medalist, Laura Asimakis, Hali Henderson, Emalie Humphreys, Hilary Pustka, and Ilsa Rodriguez.