LSU track still poised for title run

Although neither the LSU men's or women's track and field teams scored points in Thursday's events at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, head coach Pat Henry says he's very pleased with where his squads stand heading into the final two days of competition.

Complete results from Thursday's events can be found through the following links:

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LSU's men remain in second place in the overall team competition with eleven points, four behind event leader Georgia. Eastern Michigan and Kansas are tied for third place with ten points and four schools are deadlocked in fifth place.


The Lady Tigers have yet to score in the women's team competition. UCLA leads with 25 points followed by Washington State with 16. Kansas State was third with 13, Southern California scored in the javelin to move to fourth place with 11 and Iowa State claimed fifth place with 10 1/2 points. Four teams were tied for sixth place with 10 points.


The standings should be dramatically altered in Friday's competition with finals scheduled in the men's discus, men's pole vault, men's triple jump, 400-meter relay, 400-meter hurdles and the 800-meter run.


The Tigers posted the best time in the preliminaries of the 1600-meter relays. Pete Coley, who ran the anchor leg of the even, also advanced in the 400-meter run.


Lolo Jones started the day on the right foot for the Lady Tigers by advancing in the 100-meter hurdles. Muna Lee followed later with the top time in the 100-meter preliminaries and advanced to the semifinals with teammate Stephanie Durst


In addition, Ronetta Jones qualified in the 400-meter run.


"We had a good day in the things that we did," said Henry. "I think you get loss in counting points. You've got to look at who qualifies. We've done everything we can. Whether it's enough we'll have to wait and see."


In the men's team competition, LSU's biggest challenge will probably come from Tenneseee. The Volunteers advanced two runners in the 100-meters and qualified in the 1600-meter relay.


The Lady Tigers will have to keep pace with UCLA, Southern California and South Carolina. The Lady Bruins picked up another field event win when Darnesha Griffith won the high jump.


The Lady Gamecocks and Lady Trojans were also strong in the sprint and relay preliminaries.

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