Texas A&M Holds Strong in Women’s Division I USTFCCCA Rankings; Remains No. 1

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

April 29, 2009   

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NEW ORLEANS – For the fifth straight week, Texas A&M is ranked No. 1 in the women’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Outdoor Track and Field rankings which were released on Wednesday. The Aggies, which earned 301.51 points, are coming off of a record setting performance by their relays at the Penn Relay Carnival.

The Aggie women won both the 4×100 meter and 4×200 meter relay titles during Saturday’s session of the Penn Relays. A&M is led by sprinters Jessica Beard and Porscha Lucas. Beard owns the fastest time in the NCAAs this season in the 400 meters (51.52) while Lucas has the second fastest NCAA time in the 100 (11.12) and the fifth fastest 200 meter time (23.01).

Oregon, ranked second nationally with 247.84 points, was unchanged this week in the rankings as was third-ranked LSU with 245.48 points. Arizona State improved one spot in the rankings to fourth followed by Florida State which moved up seven spots to fifth this week to round out the women’s top five. Kim Williams gave the Seminoles a huge boost with her nation leading triple jump mark (44’9 ¾”). Williams is also second in the long jump nationally with a leap of 21’6 ¾”.

Several teams climbed up in the rankings this week starting with seventh-ranked Texas which improved three spots. BYU moved into the top 15 climbing seven spots to No. 12, and Nebraska climbed six spots to No. 18. Arkansas (No. 15) moved back into the top 25 this week after a two week hiatus, and is followed by Washington which entered the rankings for the first time this year at No. 16.

The Division I outdoor track and field rankings are compiled by Tom Lewis.

The 2009 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held June 10-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Florida is this week’s top ranked men’s team.

USTFCCCA Division I women’s outdoor track and field rankings
April 29, 2009

Rank School Points
Last Week
1 Texas A&M 301.51
1
2 Oregon 247.84
2
3 LSU 245.49
3
4 Arizona State 199.70
5
5 Florida State 186.55
12
6 Virginia Tech 185.41
4
7 Texas 178.83
10
8 Tennessee 177.98
8
9 Southern California 176.94
6
10 Baylor 172.79
11
11 Michigan 169.32
13
12 BYU 143.00
19
13 Penn State 134.55
7
14 Miami (Fla.) 128.04
15
15 Arkansas 127.17
NR
16 Washington 121.18
NR
17 Florida 119.93
14
18 Nebraska 118.07
24
19 Minnesota 111.00
18
20 Auburn 105.72
16
21 UTEP 94.57
22
22 South Carolina 86.05
20
23 Stanford 82.75
21
24 Texas Tech 81.66
17
25 UCLA 75.73
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