COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sophomore Jeremy Tuttle put the first point on the board for the Tigers in the men’s hammer throw and sophomore Kaitlyn Moreau and freshman Therese Jernbeck each find themselves in scoring position in the women’s heptathlon following Thursday’s opener at the 2013 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The start of the women’s heptathlon was actually delayed two hours due to inclement weather passing through Columbia on Thursday morning as LSU’s heptathlon duo did not step onto the Audrey J. Walton Stadium track for the first time until 1:30 p.m. CT for the running of the 100-meter hurdles.
And Moreau raced out to a fast start by running a wind-legal 14.16 seconds for 956 points in the first event as she nearly equaled her personal record of 14.14 set at the Louisiana Classics back on March 16.
Moreau added 644 points as she matched her outdoor PR with a clearance of 4 feet, 11 ¾ inches on her first attempt in the high jump, before totaling 642 points with a throw of 38-5 in the shot put and 859 points while running a wind-legal 25.30 in the 200 meters to finish the day in ninth place in the overall standings with 3,101 points through four events.
Moreau’s 3,101 points during Thursday’s opener is a new Day 1 personal best in the heptathlon as she eclipses the 3,056 points she scored on the first day at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Baton Rouge a year ago.
Jernbeck followed Moreau in 11th place in the Day 1 heptathlon standings after scoring 2,997 points through four events, including 814 points with a seasonal-best time of 15.21 in the 100-meter hurdles, 783 points with a clearance of 5-4 ½ in the high jump, 648 points with a throw of 38-8 ¾ in the shot put and 752 points with a run of 26.52 in the 200 meters.
NCAA leader Makeba Alcide of Arkansas has taken a commanding lead of more than 200 points in the race for the SEC heptathlon championship as she totaled 3,756 points in her four events, including a meet record of 6-2 in the heptathlon high jump at the SEC Championships. Mississippi State’s NCAA Indoor pentathlon champion Erica Bougard follows in second place with 3,555 points after the first day.
The Lady Tigers will continue the heptathlon on Friday as the second day of the competition is scheduled to get underway at noon CT with the long jump before the final events with the javelin and 800 meters.
As the Lady Tigers opened up the championship by wrapping up the first day of the heptathlon competition, Tuttle opened the scoring with an eighth-place finish in the men’s hammer throw with his series-best throw of 195-5 to score the first point of the meet for the Tigers. Tuttle posted his top throw of the day of 195-5 on his second attempt while cracking the Top 8 for the second-straight season.
Tuttle scored for the Tigers in the hammer throw at the SEC Championships for the second year in a row as he threw 186-3 for fourth place in his debut as a freshman during the 2012 season.
The sophomore from Sierra Vista, Ariz., is also set to throw the javelin on Friday at 1 p.m. CT and the discus on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. as he is poised to score more points for the Tigers during the weekend.
Two Florida Gators were locked in a tight battle for the men’s hammer throw crown throughout Thursday’s competition as sophomore Kyle Strawn defeated his senior teammate and defending SEC Outdoor champion Jeremy Postin for the gold medal. Strawn threw a seasonal best of 219-6 in the second round to finish just three inches clear of Postin’s 219-3 in the fourth round for the victory.
Friday’s action at the 2013 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships is slated to begin at 11 a.m. CT with the men’s decathlon and noon with the women’s heptathlon on the second day of the multi-events. The events continue in the field at 2 p.m. with the women’s hammer throw followed by the first preliminary races on the track at 6:15 p.m.
Live results for the 2013 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships are available online at www.branchsportstech.com. Fans can also receive live updates of the Tigers and Lady Tigers competing throughout weekend at the team’s official social media sites by liking LSU Track & Field on Facebook and following @LSUTrackField on Twitter.