Lions jump into USTFCCCA National Top 25

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Record-setting performances by seniors Gennard Paul and Andre Colebrook at the Southland Conference Championships this weekend helped the Southeastern Louisiana men jump into the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s NCAA Division I National Team Computer Rankings on Monday.

The Lions climbed 17 spots to 23rd in the rankings with 87.08 points. Southeastern gained 34 points this week, the fifth-most by a team in the Top 25.

It is the first time Southeastern has been ranked in the Top 25 this outdoor season. The Lions were ranked 23rd in the indoor preseason computer rankings.

Paul accounted for 30.45 points after launching the second-best javelin throw in the nation this season in capturing the conference title on Saturday. Paul’s heave of 255 feet, 3 inches, broke Chris Carter’s school record by more than 17 feet and eclipsed his personal best by nearly 55 feet.

Colebrook also set a school record in winning the 400-meter hurdles in 50.60 seconds on Sunday, breaking Adlus Wiltz’s mark of 50.98. The time was the 16th-fastest in the country this season, giving the Lions 5.47 points.

The other point producers for the Lions were senior Alex Young (26.49 points), who is fourth in the nation in the hammer throw (235-05); junior Devin King (23.78), tied for fifth in the pole vault (18-04.5); senior Collin Rowland (0.08), 47th nationally in the javelin (222-10); and the 4×400 relay of Colebrook, seniors Maverick Bowleg and Ashley Riley and junior Dontrell Lyons (0.83), which has the 31st-best time (3 minutes, 7.25 seconds) in the country.

On the women’s side, freshman Ashley Davis is No. 36 in the country in the shot put with a throw of 53-07.

Texas A&M tops the men’s rankings with 304.5 points. Florida (274.19), Georgia (262.04), Alabama (229.26) and Texas Tech (209.63) round out the top five. Oregon (364.09) leads the women’s poll and is followed by Arkansas (275.09), LSU (250.45), Texas A&M (244.80) and Georgia (235.88).

Southeastern student-athletes with qualifying marks will next compete in the NCAA East Preliminaries, scheduled for May 25-27 at the University of Kentucky Track and Field Facility in Lexington, Kentucky. The top 12 finishers in each event at the Preliminaries will qualify for the National Championships scheduled for June 6-10 in Eugene, Oregon.

USTFCCCA Men’s NCAA Division I National Team Computer Rankings
Rank School Points

1. Texas A&M 304.5
2. Florida 274.19
3. Georgia 262.04
4. Alabama 229.26
5. Texas Tech 209.63
6. Oregon 194.82
7. LSU 162.72
8. Arkansas 159.48
9. Auburn 152.39
10. Texas 143.65
11. Kansas 141.99
12. Virginia 141.10
13. Colorado St. 127.72
14. Southern Cal 127.33
15. Ole Miss 120.32
16. South Carolina 114.08
17. Houston 113.86
18. Nebraska 111.85
19. Penn State 111.16
20. Baylor 111.08
21. UCLA 110.34
22. Tennessee 98.74
23. Southeastern La. 87.08
24. Oklahoma State 84.33
25. Virginia Tech 83.49

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