BATON ROUGE – Former NCAA hurdles champion Barrett Nugent and reigning SEC champions Damar Forbes and Laura Carleton highlight 16 graduates by the LSU Track & Field program as seven Tigers and nine Lady Tigers took part in spring commencement ceremonies on Thursday and Friday on the LSU campus.
LSU’s Track & Field’s 16 graduates have accounted for four NCAA event championships, 10 SEC event championships and 21 All-America honors during their collegiate careers.
Forbes, who received his degree in sports administration on Thursday evening, was just named the SEC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year on Friday after being crowned the SEC Outdoor champion in the men’s long jump in dramatic fashion at the 2013 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It was his first SEC title after winning four conference silver medals as one of the league’s premier long jumpers.
After trailing Florida’s Marquis Dendy (27-2 ½w) heading into the final round of jumps, Forbes soared to an NCAA-leading and career-best wind-aided mark of 27-4 ½ on his sixth and final attempt to win the SEC title for 2013. Forbes had previously earned four SEC silver medals in the long jump between the indoor and outdoor seasons before taking the title.
Forbes is also a four-time NCAA Championships silver medalist during his collegiate career, including a runner-up finish at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships where he leaped to a wind-legal personal best of 27-0.
A product of Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Decatur, Ga., Forbes made his Olympics debut for Jamaica last summer by competing in the long jump at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
Like Forbes, Carleton is a reigning SEC champion in the indoor 5,000 meters as she made history as the first Lady Tiger to win a conference title in a distance over a mile at the SEC Indoor Championship. Last weekend at the SEC Outdoor Championships, Carleton scored 10 points for the Lady Tigers with fourth-place finishes in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters as one of the SEC’s premier distance runners for her senior season.
Carleton, who is set to make her third-straight NCAA Championships appearance in the 5,000 meters this spring, is the most decorated distance runner in the history of the Lady Tiger program. She has now established a trio of school records as a senior in the 5,000 meters both indoors (16:11.98) and outdoors (15:44.41) and 10,000 meters (34:01.65) outdoors.
After earning her degree in business administration with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in May 2011, Carleton received her Master of Business Administration with the College of Business on Friday afternoon.
Just one year after finishing his collegiate career as the most decorated sprint hurdler in the history of the LSU men’s program, Nugent completed his degree requirements in liberal arts this spring.
Nugent, the 2011 NCAA Outdoor champion in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, became the only LSU Tiger in SEC Championships history to win three-straight SEC Outdoor titles in the 110 hurdles with consecutive titles as a sophomore in 2010, as a junior in 2011 and as a senior in 2012. Nugent also led off LSU’s national champion 4x100-meter relay team in his final NCAA Championships a year ago.
A two-time NCAA champion, four-time SEC champion and 10-time All-American, Nugent remains LSU’s school-record holder in both the 60 hurdles (7.55) indoors and 110 hurdles (13.32) outdoors on the all-time list.
Two members of the Lady Tigers’ NCAA Indoor champion 4x400-meter relay squad from last year also received their degrees during commencement ceremonies this week as senior Siedda Herbert graduated in sports administration on Thursday and former Lady Tiger All-American Jonique Day graduated in communication studies on Friday.
A complete list of LSU Track & Field graduates for May 2013 is listed below.
COLLEGE OF HUMAN SCIENCES & EDUCATION
Laura Aleman, Kinesiology
Brianne Bergeron, Kinesiology
Joseph Caraway, Kinesiology
Damar Forbes, Sports Administration
Siedda Herbert, Sports Administration
Phillip LeBlanc, Kinesiology
Daniel Obioha, Kinesiology
Rynell Parson, Sports Administration
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
Leigh-Ann Naccari, Biology
COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
Jonique Day, Communication Studies
Latoya McDermott, Communication Studies
Barrett Nugent, Liberal Arts
Lindsay Roe, Elementary Education (Master’s Degree)
Lacey Sanchez, English
E.J. OURSO COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Laura Carleton, Business Administration (Master’s Degree)
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Aaron Moore, Civil Engineering