LSU track teams have a lot to look forward to next season _lowres

LSU track coach Dennis Shaver has his talent-laden women's team eyeing a national title in the NCAA championships this week at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

With a strong performance in the Hurricane Collegiate Invitational on Saturday, the LSU women's track and field team made a significant jump this week in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ratings.

LSU, which had been sitting in fifth position the past two weeks, jumped up three spots to second with three marks that registered among the top 10 nationally in the meet hosted by the University of Miami.

Cracking the top 10 on the descending order list were Ersula Farrow, Mikiah Brisco in the 200 and the 4x400-meter relay team.

Farrow shot up to third in the nation in the 800 meters after clocking a personal-record time of 2 minutes, 03.66 seconds, Brisco had a PR of 22.83 to move into 10th on the national list and the mile relay won with a time of 3:33.91 to move into ninth.

The Lady Tigers also have three national leaders in Aleia Hobbs (100), Kymber Payne (400 hurdles) and the 4x100 relay team that Brisco and Hobbs run on along with Kortnei Johnson and Rachel Misher.

The second-ranked Lady Tigers and 10th-ranked Tigers will host the Alumni Gold Invitational on Saturday at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

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