May 18, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn women's track and field team is ranked second nationally in the latest Trackwire 25 rankings. The Tigers jumped up five spots following an impressive showing at the SEC Outdoor Championships May 11-14.
Individually, Kerron Stewart is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 100m and No. 3 in the 200m. Stewart ran the fastest time in the world while winning the 100m Sunday night at the SEC Championships, blazing to a school-record time of 11.03 seconds.
Angela Homan, fresh off her third-straight SEC 10,000m title while also winning the 5,000m race at the SEC Championships, is ranked third nationally in the 10,000m. Markita James is ranked No. 3 in the 400m hurdles - an event that she also won at the SEC Championships.
Josanne Lucas, the 100m hurdles winner at both the SEC Championships and the Penn Relays, is ranked No. 5 in the nation in that event. Lucas is also ranked fifth in the 400m hurdles after finishing second to James at the SEC Championships.
Jovanee Jarrett is ranked fifth in the long jump after a runner-up performance at the SEC Championships. In addition, Auburn's 4x400m relay team of James, Lucas, Stewart and Tamara Thomas is ranked No. 2 in the nation, and the 4x100m relay team of Jarrett, Thomas, James and Stewart is ranked seventh.
Auburn, which scored 135 points to finish second to Georgia at the SEC Outdoor Championships by just one point, is ranked second in the Trackwire 25 behind Texas. USC is No. 3, Nebraska is ranked fourth and Georgia and Miami (Fla.) are tied for fifth.
Auburn will compete at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships May 26-27 in Knoxville, Tenn. Qualifying athletes will then compete at the NCAA Championships June 7-10 in Sacramento, Calif.