2008 SEC Outdoor Champions
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Women's Track & Field Wins SEC Outdoor Title; Men Second
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Published: May 18, 2008, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:33 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

AUBURN, Ala. With an SEC Indoor title already under their belt this season, the Lady Tigers continued their domination over the rest of the league by completing the sweep with the team title at the 2008 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday.

The LSU women ran away from the rest of the field with 157.5 points over the course of the four-day meet at Hutsell-Rosen Track on the campus of Auburn University to successfully defend their SEC Outdoor title by 28.5 points over runner-up Florida (129).

The Lady Tigers have certainly been the class of the SEC over the past two seasons as they have now won three of the four conference championships contested during that span.

With their dominating victory at the SEC Outdoor Championships on Sunday, the Lady Tigers swept SEC Indoor and Outdoor titles in the same season for the first time since 1996 and captured back-to-back SEC Outdoor championships for the first time since 1990-91.

“I’m very proud of the way our kids competed overall, and I really expected our women to come in and win the track meet,” said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. “This is really the first time in over the decade that they lined up on the first day and knew they were going to win the meet. Our women really showed a lot of pride in defending their title this weekend.”

The Lady Tigers entered the final day of the competition in fifth place in the team standings with 26.5 points, but ran away from the rest of the field with 131 points during Sunday’s action. Their Sunday total was more than the 129 points scored by the Gators in four days of competition.

The Tigers nearly pulled off an impressive double with a team title of their own but fell just short of the 131.5 points scored by Arkansas to finish runner-up with 122 points for the meet.

This marks the second straight season that the Tigers have earned a runner-up finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships after placing second at the meet in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a year ago. The men also finished runner-up to Arkansas at the 2008 SEC Indoor Championships back in March.

“Our men had a great meet but came up just a little short in the end,” Shaver said. “I’m really disappointed for our guys because they competed hard throughout the meet and have done everything that we’ve asked them to do to prepare for the championship meets. Arkansas is just a great team, and it’s fitting for John McDonnell to go out on top in his final SEC Championship.”

While the Lady Tigers celebrated winning their third SEC championship in a row, senior sprinter Richard Thompson turned in the most impressive individual performance of the day by sweeping SEC titles in the 100 meters and 200 meters.

Thompson was on the verge of breaking the 10-second barrier in the 100-meter dash with his then world-leading time of 10.0 seconds at the Texas Relays on April 5. He smashed through that barrier in Sunday’s final and joined the sub 10-second club with a winning time of 9.93.

Thompson is now the new SEC record holder in the event after finishing the race a mere one one-hundredth of a second off the collegiate record of 9.92 set by UCLA’s Ato Bolden in 1996. Like Thompson, Bolden also hails from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago.

Thompson is also the No. 2 ranked sprinter in the world this season in the 100 meters as he trails only the time of 9.76 posted by professional sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica on May 3.

“To be honest with you, I was kind of expecting to go under 10 seconds at some point this season, but I didn’t know if it would come at this meet,” Thompson said. “I’m really happy with my performance, but I know that we have the regional and the NCAA Championships coming up in a few weeks. I need to stay focused and make sure I prepare myself to run well at those meets.”

With the crowd still buzzing from his win in the 100 meters, Thompson stepped onto the track for the final of the 200 meters after clocking the fastest preliminary time of 20.75 on Friday night.

He took his mark in Lane 5 with Tennessee’s Rubin Williams the reigning NCAA indoor 200-meter champion lined up to his outside in Lane 6. Thompson got out of the blocks fast and beat Williams (20.41) to the finish line with a new personal best and an NCAA leading time of 20.23.

By sweeping sprint titles in both the 100 and the 200, Thompson became the first LSU athlete to accomplish the feat since former All-American Byron Logan did so in 1998. In addition, he is the first man to sweep SEC sprint titles since Arkansas great Tyson Gay in 2004.

“I definitely feel like winning the 200 was better,” Thompson said following his race. “I don’t think Rubin expected me to catch him that early in the race. He was to my outside, and I could see him the whole way. I wanted to go out hard and catch him on the turn, and that’s exactly what I did. It’s an awesome feeling to run that well in the 200. I’m overwhelmed right now.”

If that was not enough, Thompson ran the second leg on the Tigers’ winning 4x100-meter relay team that crossed the finish line with a season-best and second-fastest time in meet history at 38.67. He teamed with Armanti Hayes (first leg), Gabriel Mvumvure (third leg) and Trindon Holliday (anchor leg) to defeat the squad from Tennessee anchored by Williams (38.82).

In addition to Thompson, four other LSU athletes won individual SEC titles on Sunday evening led by a sweep in both the men’s and women’s 100-meter dash as fellow senior and Trinidadian Kelly Baptiste won her first career SEC title in the event with a winning time of 11.09.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers also swept titles the men’s and women’s 800-meter run for the fourth straight SEC Championship meet.

Sophomore LaTavia Thomas won her fourth career SEC title in the half mile with a winning time of 2 minutes, 3.39 seconds. The 2008 NCAA indoor champion remained undefeated at the conference level as she has now won both SEC indoor and outdoor titles in her two years at LSU.

Senior Elkana Kosgei followed in the very next race by winning the men’s 800-meter crown with a new personal best and the fifth-fastest time in school history at 1:47.05. LSU has dominated the middle distances in each of the last two seasons as the Tigers and Lady Tigers have won all eight races contested at the SEC Championships during that span.

In perhaps the most impressive display of perseverance during the meet, junior Nickiesha Wilson came back to win gold in the women’s 100-meter hurdles on Sunday after being disqualified from the prelims of the 400-meter hurdles on Friday night.

Wilson clocked a wind-aided time of 12.81 in the final of the 100 hurdles to take top honors over teammate Jessica Ohanaja, who earned all-conference honors after finishing the race in 13.02.

The Lady Tigers also picked up 20 points by sweeping both relay titles, winning the 4x100 relay with an SEC Outdoor meet record of 42.80 and the 4x400 relay by more than three seconds over their nearest competitor with a time of 3:32.09.

“I’m very proud of the way all our kids competed at this track meet, but I’m especially proud of the way Nickiesha was able to come back after an unfortunate disqualification in the 400 hurdles on Friday night to win the 100 hurdles this afternoon,” Shaver said. “That was a great example of someone overcoming adversity and getting themselves ready to compete to help the team win a championship. We saw a lot of that from both teams this weekend.”

Ohanaja was not the only LSU athlete to earn All-SEC honors by finishing runner-up and scoring eight points in an individual event on the final day of the competition.

Trindon Holliday was runner-up to Thompson in the 100 meters with a seasonal best time of 10.05, while Jamaal James (1:47.91) and John Kosgei (3:46.31) each took second in the 800 and 1,500, respectively. Three other Lady Tigers also earned all-conference honors, including Juanita Broaddus in the 100, Baptiste in the 200 and Kayann Thompson in the 800.

Both the Tigers and Lady Tigers lead the league in all-time event wins at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships as the men have now won a total of 264 event titles in meet history, while the women boast an impressive 112 event titles of their own since first competing in 1981.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers will now break for two weeks before returning to action at the 2008 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships to be held at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark., from May 30-31. LSU’s athletes will be looking to earn the right to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 11-14.

2008 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Results
Sunday at Hutsell-Rosen Track in Auburn, Ala. (All race distances in meters)

Men’s

100
1. Richard Thompson, LSU, 9.93; 2. Trindon Holliday, LSU, 10.05; 3. Jeremy Hall, Florida, 10.17; 4. Rubin Williams, Tennessee, 10.19; 5. J-Mee Samuels, Arkansas, 10.21; 6. Evander Wells, Tennessee, 10.25; 7. Terrell Wilks, Florida, 10.26; 8. Kendall May, Mississippi State, 10.37.

200
1. Richard Thompson, LSU, 20.23; 2. Rubin Williams, Tennessee, 20.41; 3. Evander Wells, Tennessee, 20.50; 4. J-Mee Samuels, Arkansas, 20.56; 5. Jose Acevedo, Kentucky, 20.86; 6. Michael Cooley, Alabama, 20.88; 7. Gabriel Mvumvure, LSU, 21.27; 8. John Bailey, Mississippi State, 25.03.

400
1. Jamil Hubbard, Mississippi State, 45.24; 2. O’Neal Wilder, Mississippi State, 45.54; 3. Calvin Smith, Florida, 45.83; 4. Armanti Hayes, LSU, 46.10; 5. Quentin Moore, South Carolina, 46.18; 6. Nathan Browning, Kentucky, 46.30; 7. John Bailey, Mississippi State, 46.44; 8. Reggie Dardar, LSU, 46.92.

800
1. Elkana Kosgei, LSU, 1:47.05; 2. Jamaal James, LSU, 1:47.91; 3. Alex McClary, Arkansas, 1:48.05; 4. Golden Coachman, Mississippi State, 1:48.26; 5. Carlos Phillips, Florida, 1:48.40; 6. Chris Woods, Mississippi State, 1:48.71; 7. Ross Ridgewell, Georgia, 1:48.93; 8. Yarrick Kincaid, Tennessee, 1:49.12.

1,500
1. Felix Kiboiywo, Auburn, 3:45.81; 2. John Kosgei, LSU, 3:46.31; 3. Andy McClary, Arkansas, 3:46.78; 4. Andrew Dawson, Tennessee, 3:47.29; 5. Ryley Miller, Georgia, 3:47.96; 6. John Richardson, Kentucky, 3:48.64; 7. Duncan Phillips, Arkansas, 3:49.08; 8. Emmanuel Bor, Alabama, 3:49.38.

5,000
1. James Strang, Arkansas, 13:44.18; 2. Tyson David, Alabama, 13:44.81; 3. Barnabas Kirui, Ole Miss, 13:46.26; 4. Shawn Forrest, Arkansas, 13:46.49; 5. John Kosgei, LSU, 13:54.40; 6. Felix Kiboiywo, Auburn, 13:55.55; 7. Tyler Hill, Arkansas, 14:01.76; 8. Jean-Pierre Weerts, Auburn, 14:04.32.

110 hurdles
1. Jason Richardson, South Carolina, 13.21; 2. Ty Akins, Auburn, 13.30; 3. Ryan Fontenot, LSU, 13.57; 4. Johnny Dutch, South Carolina, 13.63; 5. Kalinka Pitt, Florida, 13.68; 6. Mikel Thomas, Kentucky, 13.70; 7. Jangy Addy, Tennessee, 13.78; 8. Charlton Rolle, Tennessee, 13.84.

400 hurdles
1. Justin Gaymon, Georgia, 48.53; 2. Johnny Dutch, South Carolina, 48.68; 3. Reuben McCoy, Auburn, 48.86; 4. Jussi Heikkila, South Carolina, 49.52; 5. Tim Grier, Alabama, 50.66; 6. Lee Moore, Ole Miss, 51.28; 7. Emmanuel Mayers, Mississippi State, 51.35; 8. Jason Richardson, South Carolina, 51.75.

4x100
1. LSU, 38.67; 2. Tennessee, 38.82; 3. Mississippi State, 39.42; 4. South Carolina, 39.66; 5. Kentucky, 39.85; 6. Arkansas, 39.88; 7. Alabama 39.97; 8. Auburn, 40.20.

4x400
1. Kentucky, 3:04.57; 2. Florida, 3:04.75; 3. Mississippi State, 3:05.26; 4. Georgia, 3:05.83; 5. South Carolina, 3:05.92; 6. LSU, 3:06.20; 7. Tennessee, 3:06.51; 8. Ole Miss, 3:11.37.

High Jump
1. Grant Lindsey, Kentucky, 7-0 ; 2. Eugene Martin, Florida, 6-10 ; 3. Allen Cassell, Mississippi State, 6-8 ; t4. Brent Rosson, Arkansas, 6-8 ; t4. Brenard Wilson, Tennessee, 6-8 ; 6. Alain Bailey, Arkansas, 6-8 ; 7. Derek Johnson, Ole Miss, 6-6 .

Pole Vault
1. Joseph Berry, Tennessee, 17-2 ; 2. Spencer McCorkel, Arkansas, 17-2 ; 3. Wes Fuller, Georgia, 16-10 ; 4. Justin Semeyn, Florida, 16-6 ; 5. Michael Ayers, Tennessee, 16-6 ; 6. Josh Dominguez, LSU, 16-2 ; 7. Eric Foran, Florida, 16-2 ; 8. Brad Holtz, Tennessee, 16-2 .

Triple Jump
1. Nkosinza Balumbu, Arkansas, 53-1 ; 2. Akeem Hardnett, Tennessee, 51-5 ; 3. Derek Pressley, South Carolina, 51-1 ; 4. Wale Odetunde, Ole Miss, 50-6 ; 5. Daniel Quinn, Arkansas, 50-5 ; 6. Zedric Thomas, LSU, 49-11; 7. Reggie Haslom, LSU, 49-7 ; 8. Greg Martin, Arkansas, 49-5 .

Shot Put
1. Cory Martin, Auburn, 66-7 ;  2. Wes Stockbarger, Florida, 60-6 ; 3. Jason Cook, South Carolina, 60-6; 4. Andy Fryman, Kentucky, 60-3 ; 5. Kyle Helf, Georgia, 59-6 ; 6. Chase Madison, Kentucky, 59-2 ; 7. Ricky Jean-Francois, LSU, 58-0 ; 8. Beau Burroughs, Florida, 57-11 .

Javelin
1. Luke Laird, Arkansas, 228-4; 2. Matt Maloney, Tennessee, 223-9; 3. Preston Chatham, LSU, 220-11; 4. Chad Radgowski, LSU, 215-8; 5. Doug Nelson, Florida, 214-4; 6. Kyle Komrek, Arkansas, 208-10; 7. Erik Heymann, South Carolina, 208-9; 8. Bryce Willen, Ole Miss, 207-11.

TEAM STANDINGS (21 events scored)
1. Arkansas, 131.5; 2. LSU, 122; 3. Tennessee, 97.5; 4. Florida, 80; 5. Auburn, 78.2; 6. Kentucky, 72; 7. South Carolina, 57; 8. Mississippi State, 56.2; 9. Alabama, 46.2; 10. 10. Georgia, 43.4; 11. Ole Miss, 35.

Women’s

100
1. Kelly Baptiste, LSU, 11.09; 2. Juanita Broaddus, LSU, 11.17; 3. Samantha Henry, LSU, 11.27; 4. Lynne Layne, Tennessee, 11.38; 5. Lakecia Ealey, Florida, 11.41; 6. Natalie Knight, Florida, 11.42; 7. Jeneba Tarmoh, Tennessee, 11.44; 8. Kenyanna Wilson, LSU, 11.55.

200
1. Natalie Knight, Florida, 22.84; 2. Kelly Baptiste, LSU, 22.87; 3. Samantha Henry, LSU, 22.98; 4. Juanita Broaddus, LSU, 23.18; 5. Cache Armbrister, Auburn, 23.21; 6. Brooklynn Morris, LSU, 23.43; 7. Lakecia Ealey, Florida, 23.49; 8. Shayla Mahan, South Carolina, 23.52.

400
1. Kenyata Coleman, Ole Miss, 52.09; 2. Brandi Cross, South Carolina, 52.31; 3. Jenna Martin, Kentucky, 52.77; 4. LaTonya Loche, Tennessee, 52.78; 5. LaJada Baldwin, Ole Miss, 53.05; 6. Brooklynn Morris, LSU, 53.06; 7. Dominique McLeggan, Florida, 54.32; 8. Shelise Williams, Arkansas, 55.49.

800
1. LaTavia Thomas, LSU, 2:03.39; 2. Kayann Thompson, LSU, 2:04.82; 3. Phoebe Wright, Tennessee, 2:04.92; 4. Lorain McKenzie, Florida, 2:05.52; 5. Brittany Hall, LSU, 2:05.95; 6. Lavera Morris, Kentucky, 2:06.27; 7. Paige Farrell, Arkansas, 2:06.54; 8. Jessica Ortman, Kentucky, 2:06.89.

1,500
1. Sarah Bowman, Tennessee, 4:19.02; 2. Dacia Barr, Arkansas, 4:19.44; 3. Natalie Picchetti, Georgia, 4:21.87; 4. Lavera Morris, Kentucky, 4:24.31; 5. Brittany Sheffey, 4:25.76; 6. Jessica Ortman, Kentucky, 4:25.99; 7. Rolanda Bell, Tennessee, 4:26.83; 8. Jenna Ortman, Kentucky, 4:27.00.

5,000
1. Rebecca Lowe, Florida, 16:22.33; 2. Christine Kalmer, Arkansas, 16:23.50; 3. Hollie Knight, Auburn, 16:24.92; 4. Denise Bargiachi, Arkansas, 16:26.05; 5. Sarah Madebach, Georgia, 16:27.00; 6. Betty Rotich, Alabama, 16:29.88; 7. Catherine White, Arkansas, 16:32.59; 8. Dacia Barr, Arkansas, 16:34.34.

100 hurdles
1. Nickiesha Wilson, LSU, 12.81; 2. Jessica Ohanaja, LSU, 13.02; 3. Celriece Law, Tennessee, 13.23; 4. Marrissa Harris, Mississippi State, 13.28; 5. Angel Boyd, LSU, 13.43; 6. Kasey McDaniel, Ole Miss, 13.46; 7. Trier Young, South Carolina, 13.57; 8. Makeatha Cooper, Arkansas, 13.88.

400 hurdles
1. Amelia Anderson, Auburn, 57.15; 2. Danielle Gilchrist, Auburn, 57.30; 3. Talaya Owens, Alabama, 57.76; 4. Trier Young, South Carolina, 58.20; 5. Ashley Trimble, Kentucky, 59.33; 6. Sofie Persson, Ole Miss, 59.79; 7. Sirdonea Davis, Ole Miss, 1:00.00; 8. Kirby Patterson, Ole Miss, 1:01.07.

4x100
1. LSU, 42.80; 2. Florida, 43.76; 3. South Carolina, 44.34; 4. Ole Miss, 44.38; 5. Auburn, 44.60; 6. Mississippi State, 45.16; 7. Kentucky, 45.48; 8. Alabama, 45.56.

4x400
1. LSU, 3:32.09; 2. Arkansas, 3:35.40; 3. Ole Miss, 3:35.97; 4. Florida, 3:36.73; 5. Kentucky, 3:39.48; 6. Auburn, 3:39.98; 7. Tennessee, 3:42.20; 8. Alabama, 3:42.96.

Triple Jump
1. Shara Proctor, Florida, 44-9 ; 2. Brittney Reese, Ole Miss, 43-2 ; 3. Nedra Gross, LSU, 42-2 ; 4. Andrea Linton, LSU, 41-8 ; 5. Kathy Coleman, LSU, 41-5 ; 6. Celriece Law, Tennessee, 41-2 ; 7. Melissa Ogbourne, LSU, 40-11; 8. Ke’Undra Bishop, Kentucky, 40-9 .

Discus
1. Annie Alexander, Tennessee, 187-6; 2. Emilee Strot, Kentucky, 173-2; 3. Shanna Dickenson, Tennessee, 170-6; 4. Katalin Mate, Auburn, 161-4; 5. Josipa Jelicic, Georgia, 160-2; 6. Amara McKell, Tennessee, 160-2; 7. Amiee Kodat, South Carolina, 157-4; 8. Betty Williams, Ole Miss, 156-0.

TEAM STANDINGS (21 events scored)
1. LSU, 157.5; 2. Florida, 129; 3. Arkansas, 88.5; 4. Tennessee, 85; 5. Kentucky, 84.5; 6. Ole Miss, 73; 7. Auburn, 66; 8. South Carolina, 34.5; 9. Alabama, 34; 10. Georgia, 32; 11. Mississippi State, 28; 12. Vanderbilt, 7.

 

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