Tigers head to SEC Indoor meet

The top-ranked LSU women's track team and the third-ranked men's team travel to Gainesville, Fla., this weekend for the SEC Indoor Championships at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Competition will begin with the men's and women's pentathlon on Friday and
will continue with the field and running events on Saturday and Sunday.

This year's competition will feature the top five ranked men's teams in country, as well as four additional teams listed among the top 25. The
women's meet will feature six of the nation's top-25 teams, including three
programs that are ranked in the top five.

LSU leads the way on the women's side with its No. 1 ranking, but will be
challenged by host, fourth-ranked Florida, No. 5 South Carolina and No. 8

The Lady Tigers have won 10 SEC Indoor titles in the 19-year history of the
women's SEC meet. LSU's 10 titles are six more then the nearest competitor, Florida, who has won four titles in the 19-year span. LSU's last title came during the 1999 season when the championships were also held in Gainesville.

The Lady Tigers will aim for their 11th team title this weekend as they rely
heavily on their three returning SEC champions. Junior Muna Lee will go for
an unprecedented third-straight win in the 200 meters, while also looking to
defend her title in the 60 meters. Lee owns the conference's top times in
both events and is ranked first in the nation in the 60 meters with her time
of 7.20 and second in the country with her mark of 23.18 in the 200.

Junior Lolo Jones enters the meet with the third best time in the nation and
the top time in the SEC (8.13) in the 60-meter hurdles and is a likely
candidate to repeat as the conference champion in the event.

Half miler Marian Burnett rounds out the Lady Tigers' defending conference champions as she returns to the meet with SEC and NCAA's top time in the 800 meters (2:04.57).

On the men's side, the Tigers enter the meet ranked third nationally behind
No. 1 Arkansas and No. 2 South Carolina. Competition will be stiff for the
2003 team title as fourth-ranked Mississippi State and fifth-ranked Florida
will also challenge for the top spot.

In the field events, horizontal jumpers John Moffitt and LeJuan Simon will
likely anchor the Tiger squad. Moffitt enters the meet with the SEC's top
distance in the long jump, 25-10 ¾, and has yet to finish anywhere other
than first in a long jump competition this season, having won four straight
titles in the event.

Simon will also challenge for a spot at the top of the triple jump standings as he owns the conference's third-best mark in the event, 53-3. He brings to the SEC meet the conference's second-best triple jump performance this season, 53-9 ¼, and will likely factor into the top ranks of the long jump competition as well.

In the sprint events, juniors Pete Coley and Robert Parham should pace the
LSU team in Gainesville. Coley finished second to teammate Alleyne Francique in the 400 meters at last year's indoor championships, clocking a time of 45.37, and currently owns the SEC's fourth fastest time in the event.

Parham enters the meet ranked fourth in the 200 meters with a season-best time of 20.91 and should challenge for one of the conference's top spot in the event this weekend.

Following the SEC Indoor Championships, LSU athletes who have not yet
qualified for the NCAA Championships will have one last opportunity to earn
an automatic bid as LSU plays host the to Last Chance Meet on Friday, March 7.

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