LSU women’s track team remains at No. 1

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND.LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan qualifies for the women's 200-meter dash finals during last year's SEC outdoor track meet in LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium. The LSU women's track and field team remains at No. 1 in both major polls this week. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND.LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan qualifies for the women's 200-meter dash finals during last year's SEC outdoor track meet in LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium. The LSU women's track and field team remains at No. 1 in both major polls this week.

The LSU women’s track and field team is the consensus No. 1-ranked team in the country for the second straight week.

The Lady Tigers once again grabbed the top spot in both major polls — the Track & Field News Women’s Dual Meet Top 20 and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25.

LSU figures to be a top contender at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, which begin Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. The meet runs through Sunday.

Arkansas will also host to the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 8-9.

Gymnastics

MORRISON EARNS SEC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: For the second time this season, LSU gymnast Sarie Morrison was named Southeastern Conference Specialist of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

Morrison won titles in the two events she competed in LSU’s 196.825-195.625 victory over Arkansas.

Morrison scored the first perfect 10.0 of her career on vault and followed it with a 9.90 on bars to win the event title for the third straight meet.

No. 6 LSU (8-2, 4-1 SEC) faces to No. 14 Auburn (2-7, 2-4) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Men’s golf

TEAM FINISHES SECOND AT MOBILE BAY INTERCOLLEGIATE: In Mobile, Ala., after resuming a suspended second round early Tuesday morning, three LSU golfers cracked the top five to lead the 12th-ranked Tigers to a strong runner-up finish at the sixth annual Mobile Bay Intercollegiate at Magnolia Grove Crossings Golf Course.

The Tigers followed a 1-under 287 in their suspended second round with a 5-under 283 in the final round to finish just four shots off the pace. LSU’s 5-under 283 in the final round tied for the second-lowest team round.

The 27th-ranked Auburn Tigers won with a score of 3-under 861.

Women’s tennis

LSU TRAVELS TO NO. 32 RICE: The LSU women’s tennis team will travel to face No. 32 Rice at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

LSU (5-2) returned home Saturday and claimed a 6-1 win over McNeese State. The Mary Jeremiah and Ariel Morton doubles duo notched another victory for a six-match winning streak to earn the duo’s fifth consecutive win in the top spot.

Rice is 5-4 overall after back-to-back home wins over Tulane and Texas Tech.

Swimming and diving

DIVERS ADVANCE AT CHAMPIONSHIPS: In College Station, Texas, the LSU swimming and diving team enjoyed an exciting first day preliminary session at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

Two men’s divers, juniors Daniel Helm and Kevin Leong, qualified for the championship final of the one-meter springboard, and one women’s diver, freshman Cassie Weil, qualified for the championship final of the three-meter springboard.

Helm heads into the finals seeded fourth on the one-meter after a season-best score of 349.75. Helm earned a silver medal last year in the same event. Leong clinched the last spot of the championship final, finishing eighth on the one-meter with a score of 314.15.

Weil qualified for the final position in the evening session of the three-meter with a score of 313.75.

The SEC Swimming and Diving Championships will air live on ESPN3.com at 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. The meet will air on tape delay on ESPNU at 3 p.m. March 4.