2014 Track & Field Preview: Men's Throws
The Tigers featured a balanced attack while earning yet another top-10 team finish with seventh place overall at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to finish off the 2013 season. Leading the way were nine All-Americans scoring in events ranging from the sprints and relays to the jumps and throws as the Tigers again established their position as one of the premier teams in all of collegiate track and field.
They will follow that formula for success again in 2014 as they return seven of their nine All-Americans from last year while welcoming one of the nation’s top recruiting classes to Baton Rouge to help fuel a national championship run this season. Led by the likes of Aaron Ernest, Rodney Brown and their powerful relay teams as NCAA event contenders, the pieces are in place for the Tigers to contend for their first national championship in 10 years.
Fifth in a 10-part series previews a talented group of men’s throwers during the 2014 season.
Rodney Brown certainly continued a strong tradition of LSU throwers with his performance as a sophomore a year ago as he established himself as a national title contender in the discus while heading into the 2014 season.
Brown became the first LSU Tiger in 20 years to be crowned the SEC discus champion and the first LSU Tiger in 15 years to earn All-America honors in the event with his performance a year ago.
He opened the 2013 outdoor season by throwing a personal best of 197-1 at the Louisiana Classic meet in Lafayette and never looked back while also raising his PR to 206-3 in a runner-up finish at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He finished the season within three feet of LSU’s school record of 209-1 set by former NCAA champion John Nichols in 1989.
Brown was crowned the SEC discus champion with his gold-medal-winning toss of 203-1 at the SEC Outdoor Championships before posting 199-4 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn his first career All-America honor with a fourth-place finish nationally in the event.
A native of Chappell Hill, Texas, Brown is also an emerging talent in the shot put while setting personal bests of 57-5 indoors and 57-10 ½ outdoors in the event a year ago. He scored for the Tigers in the shot put by claiming eighth place at the SEC Indoor Championships and seventh place at the SEC Outdoor Championships in his secondary event.
Joining Brown as a leader of LSU’s throws group during the 2014 season is fellow junior Jeremy Tuttle, who competed in both the javelin and hammer throws at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds as a sophomore. Tuttle also scored points for the Tigers in each of the events at the SEC Outdoor Championships before competing at the NCAA Outdoor meet.
A native of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Tuttle will contend for his first career All-America honors as a junior this spring as he enters the season with personal records of 165-10 in the discus, 201-0 in the hammer and 227-6 in the javelin as one of the nation’s most versatile throws prospects.
The Tigers feature a trio of sophomore javelin throwers who are sure to challenge for one of the eight scoring positions at the SEC Championships with Terry Hughes (198-10), Garrett LeBouef (184-8) and Philip Moody (183-11) returning to the squad this season.
Joining the program for the first time in 2014 is redshirt freshman transfer Jeremy Octeau of Westerly, R.I. Octeau spent his freshman season at Northeastern University in Boston while he competed in the shot put indoors before redshirting outdoors in 2013. Octeau will specialize in the discus during the outdoor season as he gives the Tigers strong depth while joining Brown and Tuttle in the event.