COLLEGE STATION -- Updated rankings by the coaches association (USTFCCCA) following a weekend that included a large number of conference meets now have the Texas A&M women at the No. 1 position while the Aggie men are No. 3.
Last week it was the A&M men holding the No. 1 position for the second consecutive week and fourth time during the outdoor season. Meanwhile, the Aggie women were No. 3 for the sixth consecutive week.
National leading marks in the sprints during the Big 12 Championships held in Boulder, Colorado, pushed the Texas A&M women past previous No. 1 Arizona State and No. 2 LSU. Defending their Big 12 title with a 52-point winning margin, the Aggies were led by the speedy trio of Simone Facey (10.95 100 title), Porscha Lucas (22.29 200 win) and Jessica Beard (51.09 400 crown).
Lucas is the current 2008 world leader in the 200 while Facey and Beard each top the collegiate list in the 100 and 400, respectively.
Also assisting in the move up the rankings chart was Yasmine Regis, who is currently second on the 2008 collegiate list with a mark of 45-5 ¼ (13.85). Regis set a under-23 British record with her Big 12 winning effort, bettering the previous mark of 45-1 ½ (13.75) held by Michelle Robinson from 1993. Regis currently is the top British triple jumper for the 2008 season.
The A&M women gained 77 points from the past weeks performance and hold a total of 331.51 in the No. 1 position. LSU, winners of the SEC, is currently No. 2 with a 325.28 tally. Arizona State, who claimed the Pac-10 title, is now No. 3 with 307.54 points. Texas Tech (239.31) and Virginia Tech (213.45) round out the top five.
LSU men, runner-up in the SEC, moved from fourth to first in this week’s rankings with a 285.73 point total. Florida is now No. 2 with 249.86 points while A&M is third with 242.10. Florida State (212.04) and UCLA (211.20) round out the top five.
Following is a list of the top 25 schools for men and women in the USTFCCCA Division I rankings:
Women: 1. Texas A&M; 2. LSU; 3. Arizona State; 4. Texas Tech; 5. Virginia Tech; 6. USC; 7. UCLA; 8. Penn State; 9. Florida; 10. Stanford; 11. Minnesota; 12. Oregon; 13. Tennessee; 14. UTEP; 15. Oklahoma; 16. Baylor; 17. Texas; 18. Arkansas; 19. Auburn; 20. Michigan; 21. Kansas; 22. Mississippi; 23. Miami; 24. TCU; 25. Florida State.
Men: 1. LSU; 2. Florida; 3. Texas A&M; 4. Florida State; 5. UCLA; 6. Arizona State; 7. USC; 8. Auburn; 9. Arkansas; 10. Tennessee; 11. Colorado; 12. Baylor; 13. Texas; 14. Oregon; 15. South Carolina; 16. UTEP; 17. Kentucky; 18. Arizona; 19. Boise State; 20. California; 21. Washington; 22. Liberty; 23. Nebraska; 24. Georgia; 25. Mississippi State.
Track & Field News: NCAA form chart has A&M women No. 2, men No. 5
Changes also occurred in the NCAA form chart compiled by Track & Field News following the big conference weekend. The magazine’s website (www.trackandfieldnews.com) noted the Texas A&M women had the biggest boost of point potential among the seven teams in the top 10 that made gains over the weekend.
Previously projected for third place in the NCAA Championships, the Aggie women are now tabbed for second place with 61 points behind LSU’s winning total of 63. Arizona State, previously in the No. 2 spot, dropped to third place with a 54-point potential. The rest of the top 10 includes Texas Tech (46), Penn State (34), Virginia Tech (30), Oregon (25), USC (25), Stanford (24) and Minnesota (20).
A&M frosh Jessica Beard became the favorite to win the 400 at the NCAA meet following her 51.09 victory at the Big 12 Championships. She joins Porscha Lucas, who is favored to win the 200, as well as the A&M 4 x 400 relay.
Other Aggies tabbed for a scoring position at the NCAA Championships include: Simone Facey (2nd 100, 3rd 200), Lucas (4th 100), 4 x 100 (2nd), and Yasmine Regis (5th triple jump).
The A&M men slipped from a projected third place at the NCAA to fifth place with 31 points in the recent form chart. LSU is favored for the top spot with 62 points followed by Florida State with 56.
The top 10 includes: LSU (62), Florida State (56), Auburn (35), Baylor (32), Texas A&M (31), USC (30), Texas (28), UCLA (26), Tennessee (25), Arizona State (24).
Projected scorers for the A&M men include: Gerald Phiri (5th 100, 4th 200), 4 x 100 (3rd), 4 x 400 (2nd), Julian Reid (5th long jump, 6th triple jump).