Events: Weight Throw (72-6 ¼), Hammer Throw (223-0)
One of the most decorated throwers in the history of the LSU Track & Field program ... Earned five All-America honors while competing in the weight throw indoors and hammer throw outdoors in his four seasons at LSU from 2009-12 ... Wrapped up his collegiate career with a career-best fourth-place finish in the hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2012 ... Also earned his best career finish in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championships as a senior with an eighth-place finish nationally in 2012 ... Scored a total of 46 points for the Tigers during his career while competing at the SEC Championships ... Captured back-to-back SEC Indoor silver medals in the weight throw in 2011 and 2012 ... Was an SEC Outdoor bronze medalist in the hammer throw during the 2010 and 2012 seasons ... Also won an SEC Indoor bronze medal in the weight throw in 2010 ... Ranked No. 2 on LSU's all-time performance list in both the in the weight throw (72-6 ¼) and hammer throw (223-0) when he wrapped up his collegiate career in 2012 ... Was a four-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll during a brilliant collegiate career ... Graduated from LSU in May 2012 with a degree in marketing.
Wrapped up his collegiate career with a pair of All-America honors while scoring six points for the Tigers at the NCAA Championships during his senior season in 2012 ... Scored five points with a career-best fourth-place finish in the hammer throw at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa ... Threw a series-best of 216 feet, 8 inches for fourth place as he helped lead the Tigers to a runner-up finish in the final team standings at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Scored one point for the Tigers with an eighth-place finish in the 35-pound weight throw while throwing a series-best of 68-1 in the national final at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho ... Shattered his personal record in the weight throw by nearly two feet with a seasonal-best mark of 72-6 ¼ to win the event at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier and qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Strengthened his position for the No. 2 spot on LSU's all-time indoor performance list in the weight throw ... Earned All-SEC honors in the weight throw for the second-straight season with a runner-up finish at the SEC Indoor Championships, scoring eight points with a series-best throw of 69-2 ½ ... Won a pair of weight throw titles at the Texas A&M Dual Meet (61-5 ½) and New Balance Collegiate Invitational (68-7 ¾) during the indoor season ... Threw an outdoor seasonal-best of 217-10 to claim the SEC Outdoor bronze medal in the hammer throw ... Scored six points with a third-place finish in the hammer at the SEC Outdoor Championships held at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium ... Opened the outdoor season by winning the hammer title at the Battle on the Bayou with a mark of 212-2 ... Finished runner-up at the Arizona State Tri-Meet (211-6) and fourth place at the Penn Relays (206-11) ... Qualified for the national semifinal with a seventh-place finish in the hammer competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds with a top throw of 211-2 ... Competed in the event at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, finishing in 20th place with a mark of 212-0 ... Honored for his academic performance with his fourth career selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the season.
Emerged as one of the elite throwers in the NCAA while earning his third career All-America honor during the 2011 outdoor season ... Scored three points for the Tigers with a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa ... Posted a top mark of 221 feet, 3 inches in his series at the NCAA Outdoor meet to help the Tigers earn a fourth-place finish in the final team standings ... Followed the collegiate season by setting a personal record of 223-0 in his victory at Hammerama 2011 held in Providence, R.I., during the summer ... Scored five points with a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw at the SEC Outdoor Championships while throwing 217-11 ... Posted a series-best mark of 217-9 to take fourth place at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Bloomington, Ind., earning a spot in the hammer field at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Won back-to-back hammer throw titles at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (216-2) and LSU Alumni Gold (218-10) during the outdoor season ... Also placed second at the Penn Relays (206-10) and third at the Texas Relays (210-6) ... Earned his first career All-SEC honor during the 2011 indoor season with a second-place finish in the 35-pound weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Set a PR of 70-7 at the SEC Indoor meet to take over the No. 2 spot on LSU's all-time indoor performance list in the event ... That performance also earned automatic qualification to the NCAA Indoor Championships held in College Station, Texas ... Finished in 11th place at the NCAA Indoor meet with a series-best mark of 66-4 ¼ ... Won the weight throw event title at the Razorback Invitational (69-6 ¾) ... Honored as a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third time in his collegiate career ... Honored with the Most Improved Athlete Award through the second-annual LSU Track & Field Team Awards and Alumni Recognition Banquet in 2011.
An NCAA Championships participant during both the indoor and outdoor seasons ... Earned a pair of All-America honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association while competing in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., and hammer throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. ... Earned All-America honors while finishing among the top eight Americans in national competition ... Finished in 11th place overall in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor meet, recording a series-best mark of 67-3 ¼ at the national meet ... Qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships after posting a seasonal-best and then personal-best NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 68-3 ¼ at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier in the team's regular season finale ... Finished the indoor season as the No. 15-ranked performer in the NCAA with his top mark of 68-3 ¼ ... Just missed earning All-SEC honors during the indoor season by scoring six points for the Tigers with a third-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships (67-2 ¾) ... Also threw 67 feet at the LSU Twilight (67-9) and New Mexico Invitational (67-1 ¾) ... Earned a 12th-place finish in the hammer throw in his first career appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Threw 209-5 on his second attempt at the NCAA Outdoor meet ... Advanced to the national meet by throwing 211-6 with a sixth-place finish in qualifying at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C. ... Also just missed earning All-SEC honors outdoors with a third-place finish in the hammer throw at the SEC Outdoor Championships (213-1) ... Finished in third place at both the Texas Relays (213-4) and Penn Relays (208-9) ... Set a new personal best in a runner-up finish at the LSU Alumni Gold with a seasonal-best mark of 217-8 ... Mark ranked No. 3 on LSU's all-time outdoor performance list in the hammer throw at the end of the 2010 outdoor season ... Finished the outdoor season tied as the No. 13-ranked performer in the NCAA with his top mark of 217-8 ... Named a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second time in his career.
Was an NCAA Regional qualifier in the hammer throw during his freshman season at LSU ... Just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships with a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships ... Recorded a throw of 200-9 at the regional meet ... Scored two points for the Tigers with a seventh-place finish in the hammer at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Posted a mark of 203-5 at the SEC Outdoor meet ... Finished the 2009 outdoor season with a then personal best of 205-0 in a third-place finish at the LSU Alumni Gold ... Recorded a total of six NCAA Regional qualifying marks on the year ... Also threw the hammer at the LSU Tiger Relays (200-9), Texas Relays (203-2), Sun Angel Classic (201-2) and Penn Relays (198-3) ... Competed in the weight throw during the indoor season ... Won the weight throw title at the LSU Twilight with a personal best of 66-5 ¾, which ranked No. 4 on LSU's all-time indoor performance list ... Performance was also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark ... Scored five points for the Tigers with a fourth-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Recorded an NCAA provisional mark of 64-3 ¼ at the conference meet ... Also posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 64-4 at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier ... Honored for his performance in the classroom with a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
PRIOR TO LSU
Spent his true freshman season at Rhode Island before transferring to LSU in the fall of 2008 ... Competed unattached in the weight throw indoors and hammer throw outdoors during the 2008 season ... Coached at Rhode Island by Tom Petranoff, who is a former world-record holder in the javelin ... Finished the 2008 season with bests of 190 feet in the hammer throw and 60 feet in the weight throw ... Threw both implements during his prep career at Classical High School in Providence ... Threw 65 feet in the weight throw and 210 feet in the hammer throw during his senior season ... Was a division and class champion in the hammer throw ... Helped lead his high school team to freshman state, division and class titles.
Full name is Michael Hays Lauro ... Born on July 1, 1989 ... Son of Michael and Teresa Lauro ... Has a younger sister named Catherine ... Was a member of the honor roll for four years in high school ... Was an Academic All-State and All-America selection in high school ... Graduated from LSU in May 2012 with a degree in marketing.