LSU's Rodney Brown (left), Aaron Ernest (middle), Vernon Norwood (right)
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Norwood Caps NCACA Meet with Relay Gold
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Published: August 11, 2014, 08:03 AM (CT)

BATON ROUGE – Junior sprinter Vernon Norwood became the third LSU Tiger to win a gold medal at this year’s North American, Central American & Caribbean Under-23 Championships when he anchored the United States to an easy victory in the 4x400-meter relay during Sunday’s finale in the event held this weekend in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

While teaming with Najee Glass, Brycen Spratling and Akeem Alexander, Norwood anchored the team to victory in 3 minutes, 4.34 seconds to finish more than four second clear of the rest of the field.

Canada finished a distant second place to the United States with a silver-medal-winning time of 3:08.78, while Costa Rica won the bronze medal in 3:14.29 and Jamaica followed in fourth place with a time of 3:14.66.

Norwood is the first LSU Tiger to ever win a gold medal in the men’s 4x400-meter relay in the 14-year history of the NACAC U-23 Championships, and is the third Tiger to strike gold during this year’s meet after Rodney Brown on the men’s discus title on Friday and Aaron Ernest helped lead Team USA to victory in the men’s 4x100-meter relay on Saturday.

It also marked the second time for Norwood to climb the medal podium during the competition as he also sprinted to the NACAC bronze medal in the 400-meter dash on Saturday night. LSU Track & Field athletes have now combined to win 32 medals all-time at the NACAC U-23 Championships, including 16 gold medals, seven silver medals and nine bronze medals in the meet that dates back to the 2000 season.

After running the second leg on Team USA’s gold-medal-winning 4x100-meter relay team on Saturday, Ernest also wrapped up the championship on Sunday with an appearance in the men’s 200-meter final as he took home a fifth-place finish with a time of 20.81 (+1.5) in the event.

Remonty McClain was crowned the 200-meter gold medalist for the United States with a winning run of 20.32 in the final, while Trevana Mackey of Bahamas won the silver medal with a run of 20.46, and Everton Clarke of Jamaica took home the bronze medal with a time of 20.51. Ernest also followed Montserrat’s Julius Morris (20.52) across the finish line in the men’s 200-meter final.

LSU’s Medal History at the NACAC U-23 Championships
Athlete, Country, Medal, Event

2014
Rodney Brown, United States, Gold, Discus
Aaron Ernest, United States, Gold, 4x100 Relay
Vernon Norwood, United States, Gold, 4x400 Relay
Vernon Norwood, United States, Bronze, 400 Meters

2012
Rebecca Alexander, United States, Gold, 400 Meters
Rebecca Alexander, United States, Gold, 4x400 Relay
Kimberlyn Duncan, United States, Gold, 200 Meters
Kimberlyn Duncan, United States, Gold, 4x100 Relay
Barrett Nugent, United States, Silver, 110 Hurdles
Cassandra Tate, United States, Gold, 400 Hurdles
Cassandra Tate, United States, Gold, 4x400 Relay

2010
Ade Alleyne-Forte, Trinidad & Tobago, Bronze, 4x400 Relay
Walter Henning, United States, Silver, Hammer Throw
Samantha Henry, Jamaica, Silver, 100 Meters
Samantha Henry, Jamaica, Silver, 4x100 Relay
Rachel Laurent, United States, Bronze, Pole Vault
Melissa Ogbourne, Jamaica, Bronze, Triple Jump
Kenyanna Wilson, United States, Gold, 4x100 Relay
Kenyanna Wilson, United States, Bronze, 100 Meters

2008
Samantha Henry, Jamaica, Silver, 4x100 Relay
Samantha Henry, Jamaica, Bronze, 100 Meters
Nickiesha Wilson, Jamaica, Gold, 400 Hurdles
Nickiesha Wilson, Jamaica, Gold, 4x400 Relay

2006
Reggie Dardar, United States, Silver, 4x400 Relay
Deonna Lawrence, United States, Gold, 4x400 Relay
Brooklynn Morris, United States, Gold, 4x100 Relay
Isa Phillips, Jamaica, Bronze, 400 Hurdles
Richard Thompson, Trinidad & Tobago, Bronze, 4x100 Relay

2004
Lolo Jones, United States, Gold, 100 Hurdles
Lolo Jones, United States, Silver, 4x100 Relay

2002
LeJuan Simon, Trinidad & Tobago, Bronze, Triple Jump

2000
Russ Buller, United States, Gold, Pole Vault

 

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