BIRMINGHAM – Running a career best time of 45.00 seconds to win the 400 meters at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational on Saturday earned Texas A&M sophomore Deon Lendore a share of the men’s SEC Runner of the Week honor.
Lendore bettered his previous career best of 45.13 set in winning the 2012 Big 12 400m title and is the current collegiate leader in 2013 with the second fastest time in the world. Lendore also moves to No. 9 on the all-time list for Trinidad & Tobago and is No. 6 on the Aggie all-time list.
Since the end of the indoor season in mid-March, Lendore has only run relay legs for A&M during the outdoor season. His first open 400m race of the outdoor season had Lendore winning the race by a full second.
AGGIE WOMEN NO. 1, A&M MEN NO. 2
Texas A&M women continued their ascent up the national polls to No. 1 this week in the USTFCCCA national team computer rankings. Meanwhile, the Aggie men dropped one spot to No. 2 as Florida took over the No. 1 status. This marks the first week data from 2012 isn’t used in computing the rankings.
In consecutive weeks the A&M women defeated Oregon in Eugene and then outscored both Kansas and Arkansas in Fayetteville. This past week the Aggies had a stellar output against LSU in Baton Rouge.
The Texas A&M women headline a women’s top 25 that includes seven SEC schools. Ranked behind the Aggies in the top 10 are Kansas, Arizona, LSU, Arkansas, Florida, Oregon, Arizona State, Georgia and Texas.
In the men’s field eight SEC schools rank among the top 25. Following Florida and Texas A&M are Arkansas, Oregon, Florida State, Texas, Georgia, Virginia Tech, USC and LSU.
USTFCCCA NATIONAL RANKINGS – April 23, 2013
WOMEN: 1. Texas A&M; 2. Kansas; 3. Arizona; 4. LSU; 5. Arkansas; 6. Florida; 7. Oregon; 8. Arizona State; 9. Georgia; 10. Texas; 11. Clemson; 12. UCF; 13. UCLA: 14. Stanford; 15. Texas Tech; 16. Florida State; 17. Illinois; 18. Baylor; 19. Washington; 20. Iowa State; 21. San Diego State; 22. Oklahoma; 23. USC; 24. Kentucky; 25. South Carolina.
MEN: 1. Florida; 2. Texas A&M; 3. Arkansas; 4. Oregon; 5. Florida State; 6. Texas; 7. Georgia; 8. Virginia Tech; 9. USC; 10. LSU; 11. Penn State; 12. Iowa; 13. UCLA;; 14. Clemson; 15. Nebraska; 16. Mississippi; 17. BYU; 18. Texas Tech; 19. Alabama; 20. Tennessee; 21. Indiana; 22. Oklahoma; 23. Ohio State; 24. Kansas State; 25. UTEP.