Track & Field Set for Texas A&M Triangular
January 18, 2013, 09:00 AM (CT) Updated: January 18, 2013, 07:08 AM (CT)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
BATON ROUGE – The 2013 indoor season heats up Saturday afternoon when the LSU Track & Field teams head to College Station, Texas, to compete against two other NCAA title contenders with the Texas A&M Triangular meet setting the stage for the nation’s most anticipated scored meet of the year.
Saturday’s action on the track and in the field kicks off at 11 a.m. CT following a brief opening ceremony at 10:50 a.m. and introduction of coaches for the teams at 10:55 a.m.
The No. 4-ranked Lady Tigers and No. 10-ranked Tigers are ready to face homestanding Texas A&M and visiting Arkansas in Saturday’s scored competition. Arkansas is ranked No. 1 on the men’s side and No. 7 on the women’s side while Texas A&M is ranked No. 4 on the men’s side and No. 6 on the women’s side in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 power ranking.
The Lady Tigers actually enter Saturday’s competition as the nation’s No. 1-ranked dual-meet squad with the most recent Track & Field News dual-meet rankings released Wednesday.
The Texas A&M Triangular will be scored using the 7-5-4-3-2-1 format for individual events and a 7-5-4 format in the relays. Points will be awarded for the placement of the top two athletes from each team with each event, while only one relay for each team will score points in the two relay events.
Free live streaming video of the meet can be seen in the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live, courtesy of the official website for Texas A&M athletics at www.AggieAthletics.com.
Flash Results will provide live results for the event online at www.flashresults.com. Fans can also receive live updates for the Tigers and Lady Tigers competing at the Texas A&M Triangular by liking LSU Track & Field on Facebook and following @LSUTrackField on Twitter.
“This is going to be a very high-level competition early in the indoor season that features some of the best teams in the country with national championship aspirations,” said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. “This meet is all about our athletes going out there and giving a great competitive effort to see kind of where the teams stack up at this stage of the game. It’s more about place instead of performance in this meet.
“We love competing in these types of scored meets. It’s not exactly like the SEC or NCAA championship as far as how the points are divided up, but it will still be a lot of fun for the teams involved.”
A number of LSU’s All-America candidates will make their season debut in their primary event this week as two-time defending NCAA Indoor 200-meter champion Kimberlyn Duncan headlines the list.
Duncan, the reigning Bowerman Award winner, enters Saturday’s meet riding a streak of 18-straight wins against collegiate competition in the 200-meter dash between the indoor and outdoor seasons. That includes back-to-back NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor championships as the most dominant performer of her era. Duncan owns an indoor personal record of 22.74 seconds in the event.
After opening the indoor season by setting an indoor PR with the NCAA’s No. 3-ranked 200-meter time at 20.80 in his victory at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener a week ago, Tiger sophomore Aaron Ernest will run the 60-meter dash for the first time this season on Saturday.
The Tigers are also led by senior All-American Caleb Williams, who is set to race his first 400-meter race of the 2013 season on Saturday afternoon. Williams is looking to build on a successful junior season indoors in which he advanced to his first NCAA final in the 400-meter dash as the fifth-place performer at the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in his specialty.
Among LSU’s other All-America candidates opening up in their primary event are junior college national champion Keri Emanuel in the triple jump and sophomore Quincy Downing in the 800 meters.
After competing at the Texas A&M Triangular meet on Saturday afternoon, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will make their first of four trips to Fayetteville, Ark., during the 2013 indoor season next weekend for the Razorback Invitational scheduled to run Jan. 25-26 at the Randal Tyson Track Center.