Jackson Throws Hammer PR at Mt. SAC Relays
TORRANCE, Calif. – NCAA Indoor Champion Johnnie Jackson added his name to the NCAA-title chase outdoors during Thursday’s action at the 59th Mt. SAC Relays as he raised his personal best by more than eight feet with a series-best throw of 231 feet, 2 inches to take third place in the men’s invitational hammer throw.
Five of Jackson’s six throws on Thursday night eclipsed his personal best entering the meet after opening his outdoor season with a previous PR of 222-9 at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays two weeks ago.
Jackson opened with a mark of 223-5 for his very first attempt of the competition to sit second after the first round of throws before posting a best of 231-2 in the second round to take the lead in the event. He carried that lead into the finals after wrapping up the qualifying round with a throw of 224-4 with his third attempt.
Jackson, who added throws of 224-7 in the fifth round and 227-5 in the sixth round, slipped to third place in the fifth round after UNAL Tigres athlete Diego Del Real threw a winning mark of 246-0 and Ole Miss standout Dempsey McGuigan threw 231-5 to edge Jackson for second place. Unattached thrower Connor Neu followed in fourth at 228-11, while Iron Wood Track Club’s Sean Donnelly ended the day in fifth place at 228-3.
Jackson continued his outstanding 2017 season as he moved back into the NCAA’s Top 10 as the No. 7-ranked hammer thrower nationally this season. His 231-2 also moved him up a spot into the No. 2 spot on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the men’s hammer throw, trailing only the school-record mark of 239-5 set by former NCAA Champion Walter Henning during the 2010 season.
Also throwing a seasonal best in the hammer throw during Thursday’s opener at the 59th Mt. SAC Relays was Lady Tiger junior Sidnie Wilder, who posted a top throw of 180-2 for 10th place in the women’s open event.
Two Tigers lined up on the track on opening night as senior Christian Johnson crossed the finish line in 25th place in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a run of 9 minutes, 27.32 seconds before sophomore Dajour Braxton followed with a 13th-place finish in the “A” section of the men’s 10,000 meters with a time of 30:20.95.
While LSU’s athletes return to action at the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. CT on the track and 2 p.m. in the field events, many are also ready to compete at the Beach Invitational being held at nearby Long Beach State with events beginning at 12:20 p.m. CT on the track and 12:40 p.m. in the field.