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Latoya McDermott
Position: Sprints
Height: 5'4"
Class: Senior
Experience: 4 Letters
City/State: Kingston, Jamaica
High School: St. Andrew HS
Major: Communication Studies
Born: 01/07/1990
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Latoya McDermott Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 06/21/2013

Events: 400M (IN: 54.67; OUT: 53.48)

4-time All-American
SEC Champion
4-time All-SEC

CAREER CAPSULE
Graduated from LSU in May 2013 with a degree in communication studies … An accomplished relay runner during her collegiate career with the Lady Tigers from 2010-13 … Earned four All-America honors and four All-SEC honors as a member of LSU’s 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams … Led off the team that set the school record in the 4x400 relay with a silver-medal-winning runner-up finish in the national final at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships … Teamed with Rebecca Alexander, Cassandra Tate and Jonique Day to run a school record of 3 minutes, 24.59 seconds for the NCAA Outdoor silver medal in their final race of the 2012 season … LSU’s school record of 3:24.59 was also the No. 3-ranked time in collegiate history … Also earned All-America honors in the 4x400 relay with a  bronze-medal-winning third-place finish indoors in 2011 and a seventh-place finish outdoors in 2013 at the NCAA Championships … Picked up her first All-America certificate as a member of LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team during the 2013 outdoor season as the leadoff leg of the team that took sixth place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Crowned an SEC Outdoor champion in the 4x400 relay as their leadoff leg that took the title at the 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships.

2013
Ended her collegiate career by earning All-America honors in both the 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Eugene, Ore. … Ran the leadoff leg of LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team for much of the 2013 outdoor season … Led off the foursome that took sixth place in the national final with a time of 44.21 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Led off LSU’s sprint relay team that clocked a seasonal best of 43.44 for the third-fastest time of the semifinal round at the national meet … Also started the team that was the fastest qualifier with a run of 43.81 in the quarterfinal round at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Split 53.90 seconds on the third leg of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team that crossed the finish line in seventh place in the final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Helped the Lady Tigers earn All-America honors in the event as they clocked 3:33.51 in the final race of her collegiate career … Also ran the third leg on LSU’s foursome that ran 3:32.12 in the national semifinal to grab the eighth and final qualifying spot into the mile relay final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Earned All-SEC honors as the leadoff leg of LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team that earned a silver-medal-winning second-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a time of 43.81 in the conference final … Also lined up in the 200-meter dash in her final SEC Outdoor Championships, finishing in 17th place overall with a wind-legal run of 24.08 (+1.3) in the qualifying round … Sprinted to a seasonal best of 23.92 (+1.4) in a 13th-place finish in the 200-meter final at the LSU Alumni Gold meet held at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge … Also placed fifth in the event at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational (24.23) and eighth in the event at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou (23.92) during the outdoor season … Only ran the 400 meters in three meets during the outdoor season … Clocked a seasonal-best time of 55.12 for third place at UCLA’s event … A member of LSU’s undefeated sprint medley relay team during the outdoor season … Ran the first 200-meter leg on the sprint medley relay team that swept titles at the Texas Relays (3:43.98) and Penn Relays (3:44.26) during the outdoor season … Times of 3:43.98 ranked No. 2 and 3:44.26 ranked No. 6 on LSU’s all-time performance list in the sprint medley relay … Ran the 400-meter leg of LSU’s distance medley relay team that raced to the fourth-fastest time in school history at 11:22.71 for eighth place at the Penn Relays … Ran both the 200 meters and 400 meters during her final indoor season with the Lady Tigers … Clocked an indoor seasonal best of 24.24 in the 200 meters for 19th place overall in the qualifying round at the SEC Indoor Championships … Also competed in the 400 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships … Helped the Lady Tigers win the SEC Indoor bronze medal in the distance medley relay while running the 400-meter leg of the team that clocked the third-fastest indoor time in school history at 11:23.01 for third place at the conference meet … Posted 24.74 for 45th place in the 200 meters at the Tyson Invitational.

2012
A standout member of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team during the 2012 outdoor season … Captured her second career All-America honor as a member of the fastest relay team in the history of the Lady Tiger program … Led off LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team that set a new school record as the national runner-up at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa … Teamed with Rebecca Alexander, Cassandra Tate and Jonique Day to run 3:24.59 to finish just a split-second behind the 3:24.55 by the Oregon Ducks in the race for the NCAA Outdoor title … Both teams eclipsed the previous NCAA Championships meet record of 3:25.26 set by LSU in 2004 … LSU’s time of 3:24.59 is the third-fastest time in collegiate history in the 4x400-meter relay … Led off the team that clocked the eighth-fastest time in school history at 3:28.01 in the national semifinal at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Also led off LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team that captured the SEC Outdoor title with a run of 3:29.25 on its home track at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Was an NCAA Championships qualifier in the 400-meter dash during the outdoor season … Finished in 31st place in the first round of the 400 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Fla. … Set a seasonal-best time of 53.76 for 11th place in the 400-meter semifinal at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Scored two points for the Lady Tigers with a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Clocked a seasonal-best wind-aided time of 23.78 in the conference final … Advanced to her first career SEC final in an individual event with the seventh-fastest performance of the semifinal round at 23.86w … Helped the Lady Tigers win their fifth SEC Outdoor title in six seasons … Claimed a third-place finish in the 400 meters at the LSU Alumni Gold with a time of 54.16 … Wrapped up the indoor season with a  17th-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the SEC Indoor Championships … Recorded an indoor seasonal-best of 55.27 in the qualifying round at the SEC Indoor Championships … Ran on 4x400-meter relays that won event titles at the LSU Relays (3:36.21) and Arizona State Tri-Meet (3:37.40) during the outdoor season.

2011
Earned her first career All-America honor during the 2011 indoor season as a member of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team … Split 53.35 seconds on the third leg that earned a bronze-medal winning third-place finish in the final at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas … Teamed with Rebecca Alexander, Cassandra Tate and Jonique Day to run a 2011 seasonal best of 3 minutes, 30.37 seconds in the national final … Also earned All-SEC honors in the event during the indoor season … Led off the relay team that clocked the time of 3:33.21 to take second place at the SEC Indoor Championships … Split 53.92 on the second leg of the relay that won the event title at the Tyson Invitational … Also competed in the 4x400-meter relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa … Ran leadoff on the team that finished in ninth place in the national semifinal with a time of 3:32.88 … Helped the Lady Tigers qualify for the semifinal round by running the third leg on the mile relay team that finished in second place with a time of 3:32.09 in the quarterfinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Bloomington, Ind. … Competed in the open 400-meter dash at the NCAA East Prelims, where she earned a 38th-place finish in the first round of the national meet … Nearly earned all-conference honors at the SEC Outdoor Championships in running the second leg on the 4x400 relay that took third place in 3:35.15 … Also ran the second leg on the foursome taking second place at the Penn Relays in 3:32.65 … While competing in the 400-meter dash in 2011, set a new indoor personal record of 54.67 to finish in 11th place at the SEC Indoor Championships … Cracked 55 seconds at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 54.94 to take 22nd place … Ran an outdoor seasonal best of 53.75 in a runner-up finish at the LSU Alumni Gold … Nearly qualified for her first career SEC 400-meter final during the outdoor season as she ran 53.88 to finish in ninth place in the qualifying round … Also competed in the open quarter outdoors at the LSU Invitational (54.04) and Hurricane Alumni Invitational (54.36).

2010
A key contributor in the 400-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay during the outdoor season in 2010 … Won her first career All-SEC honor while running the leadoff leg on LSU’s mile relay that finished in second place at the SEC Outdoor Championships … A member of the foursome that clocked 3:32.84 to finish runner-up in the conference final … Also ran leadoff on the 4x400-meter relay team that clocked the fastest time in the national quarterfinal at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds with a time of 3:31.01 … Ran on the team that qualified for the national final with a time of 3:33.43 in the national semifinal at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Ore. … Competed in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C., where she ran 54.87 to finish in 33rd place in the first round of qualifying … Finished in 11th place in the 400 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a seasonal-best time of 54.44 in the preliminary round … Ran 54.87 in the open quarter at the LSU Alumni Gold … Saw action in three meets during the indoor season … Recorded a top indoor 400-meter time of 56.13 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.

PRIOR TO LSU
One of the world’s premier 400-meter recruits for the Class of 2009 … Signed with LSU with a personal best of 53.48 in the event … No stranger to championship meets after competing in such events as the IAAF World Junior Championships, the IAAF World Youth Championships, the Carifta Games, the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships and the Jamaican Boys and Girls Championships … Competed in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland … Was a semifinalist in the 400 meters at the meet … Won a silver medal in the 400 meters at the 2007 IAAF World Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, while running a time of 54.12 in the final … Also anchored Jamaica’s medley relay team to a silver medal at the World Youth Championships in 2007 with a time of 2:06.77 … Set her personal-best time of 53.48 in the 400 meters in a runner-up finish at the 2007 Jamaican Boys and Girls Championships in Kingston … Won a bronze medal while running the leadoff leg of Jamaica’s 4x400-meter relay team at the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, China … Won a gold medal in the Under-17 division of the 400 meters at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, after running a time of 54.10 in the final … Also won a gold medal in the U-17 division at the 2006 Carifta Games with a time of 54.03 in the final … Has broken 54 seconds in the 400 meters five times during her high school career, including a seasonal-best time of 53.50 in 2009.

PERSONAL
Full name is Latoya Anneika McDermott … Born on Jan. 7, 1990 … Parents are Robert and Denise Lee McDermott … Majoring in communication studies.

 

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