No. 1 Clemson holds on five points ahead of No. 2 Kansas in USTFCCCA poll
NEW ORLEANS -- Both the Arkansas men and Clemson women remain atop the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I National Team Computer Rankings for the third consecutive week, but Clemson’s hold on the top spot is loosening.
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With 157.83 team points, the Tigers lead a women’s top five that is separated by a slim 11 points. Kansas has held steady at No. 2 all season and is working its way toward the top spot, now just a little more than five points behind the Tigers with 152.70 after a boost from quality field event marks at its Jayhawk Classic. Three-time defending national champion No. 3 Oregon is also making gains, moving to within eight points of the top spot at 149.53 on the power of strong performances in distance events at the UW Invitational, including a top-five showing in the 3,000 by Bowerman Watch-Lister Jordan Hasay.
Arkansas and LSU made the biggest advance toward the top of the chart, each moving up one spot to fourth and fifth, respectively. Makeba Alcide’s No. 1 pentathlon score and No. 3 high jump, along with honorable mention honoree Regina George’s nation-leading 400, boosted the Razorbacks 22.62 points to 148.85 and into striking distance of the top spot.
The LSU women gained a DI women’s-leading 23.09 points for a season total of 146.81, led by the two top 800 runners in the nation -- Natoya Goule and Charlene Lipsey, respectively -- and defending winner of The Bowerman Kimberlyn Duncan, who turned in this season’s third-fastest time at 60 meters.