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Aaron Ernest
Position: Sprints
Height: 6'0"
Class: Junior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: New Orleans, La.
High School: Homewood HS
Major: Undecided
Born: 11/08/1993
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Aaron Ernest Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 06/30/2014

Events: 60M (6.69), 100M (10.04w/10.17), 200M (IN: 20.53; OUT: 20.36w/20.38)

NCAA Champion
8-time All-American
2-time SEC Champion
6-time All-SEC
2012 World Junior Champion (4x100 Relay)
2012 World Junior Silver Medalist (100M, 200M)

2014
Recovered from a hamstring injury that plagued him throughout the indoor season to enjoy an outstanding outdoor season as one of the NCAA’s elite sprinters once again in 2014 … Earned a pair of All-America honors with his performance in the 200-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Oregon’s Hayward Field … Ran the second leg on LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team that won the NCAA Outdoor bronze medal with back-to-back times of 38.85 seconds in the semifinal and final rounds at the national meet … Also earned a career-best fourth-place finish nationally in the 200-meter final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships while clocking a wind-aided 20.31 (+2.1) on the final day of the competition … Advanced to the NCAA 200-meter final with a 20.55 (-0.6) clocking for second place in the semifinal  round … Was also an NCAA semifinalist in the 100-meter dash for the third-straight season, earning a ninth-place finish nationally with a seasonal-best wind-aided time of 10.13 (+2.3) in the semifinal round … Earned a spot in the national semifinals of the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 relay with an outstanding performance at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Jacksonville, Florida … Clocked 10.43 (-0.3) for eighth place in the first round and a seasonal-best wind-legal time of 10.19 (+1.5) for third place in the quarterfinal round of the 100-meter dash at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Posted times of 20.74 (+0.4) for ninth place in the first round and 20.38 (+0.5) for second place in the quarterfinal round of the 200-meter dash at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Also ran the second leg for the Tigers’ sprint relay team that clocked 39.04 for the third-fastest time in the national quarterfinals to earn a spot in the semifinals in Eugene, Oregon … Earned All-SEC honors as the second leg of LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team that raced to a seasonal-best time of 38.68 in a runner-up finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Lexington, Kentucky … Scored six points for the Tigers with a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 100 meters (10.48) and 200 meters (20.83) at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Advanced to the SEC finals with qualifying times of 10.17w in the 100 meters and 20.80 in the 200 meters … Sprinted to a wind-legal personal best of 20.14 (+1.7) in his 200-meter debut outdoors in 2014 to take the event title at the LSU Invitational  in LSU’s regular-season finale … Ended the season as the NCAA’s No. 2-ranked 200-meter sprinter and the No. 2-ranked performer in school history in the event outdoors with his personal best of 20.14 … Named the SEC Men’s Runner of the Week with his performance in winning the 200-meter title in 20.14 at the LSU Invitational … Clocked 10.28 (+1.6) for fourth place in his first 100-meter race of the outdoor season at the LSU Alumni Gold … Ran the second leg on LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team that took the title at the LSU Alumni Gold with a time of 38.90 … Also ran the second leg on the team that finished runner-up at the Penn Relays with a time of 38.83 … Competed in just four meets during the indoor season while recovering from a hamstring injury suffered during preseason training … Finished in 11th place in the qualifying round of the 200-meter dash at the SEC Indoor Championships while clocking an indoor seasonal-best time of 21.21 … Ran 21.28 in his first 200-meter race of the indoor season in a 16th-place finish at the Tyson Invitational … Clocked 6.91 for a fourth-place finish in the 60 meters at the Texas A&M Triangular … Also ran 6.94 in a 12th-place finish in the 60 meters at the New Mexico Team Invitational … Followed the collegiate season by earning a 12th-place finish overall in the semifinal round of the 200 meters at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Sacramento, California.

2013
Continued his development as one of the NCAA’s top sprinters during his sophomore season in 2013 … Won a pair of SEC titles and earned three All-America honors as a leader of LSU’s sprints and relays group … Earned his first career All-America honor indoors while taking sixth place in the 200-meter final at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Fayetteville, Arkansas … Clocked 20.72 in the national final for a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships … Qualified for his first career NCAA Indoor final after running 20.84 for the fifth-fastest time of the qualifying round at the national meet … Crowned the SEC Indoor Champion in the 200-meter dash after running an indoor personal record of 20.53 in the conference final … Ran back-to-back indoor PRs of 20.59 in the qualifying round and 20.53 in the final en route to winning the SEC Indoor title … Scored three points for the Tigers with a sixth-place finish in the 60-meter final at the SEC Indoor Championships as he raced to the finish line in 6.71 in the conference final … Clocked 6.70 in the preliminary round to nab the eighth and final qualifying spot in the SEC Indoor final … Posted a PR of 6.69 for third place in the 60-meter final at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York … Won four-straight 200-meter titles during the indoor season through his win at the SEC Indoor Championships … Also won 200-meter titles at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener (20.80), Texas A&M Triangular (20.79) and Armory Collegiate Invitational (20.83) … Earned All-America honors in the 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Oregon … Advanced to the national final in the 100-meter dash for the second-straight season, finishing in seventh place nationally with a wind-aided run of 10.17 (+3.2) … Clocked a wind-aided 10.08 (+2.7) in the NCAA semifinal to grab the eighth and final qualifying spot in the 100-meter final … Ran the second leg on LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team that took fourth place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a seasonal-best time of 38.78 in the national final … Teamed with Damar Forbes, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Shermund Allsop to run a seasonal best of 38.78 in the NCAA final after running 38.94 in the semifinal round … Finished in 20th place in the semifinal round of the 200-meter dash after running a windy 20.73 (+3.2) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … One of the team’s leading scorers at the SEC Outdoor Championships held at the University of Missouri in Columbia … Ran the second leg of LSU’s 4x100-meter relay team that won the SEC crown in a time of 38.98 in the conference final … Also earned fourth-place finishes in both the 100-meter and 200-meter finals at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Clocked a wind-legal 10.20 (+1.6) in the SEC 100-meter final after running a career-best wind-aided time of 10.04 (+3.6) in the preliminary round … Earned a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter final with a wind-legal run of 20.88 (+0.9) in the conference final during the outdoor season … Sprinted to a wind-legal PR of 20.38 (+1.2) in the quarterfinal round of the 200 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Greensboro, North Carolina … Advanced to the NCAA semifinals in the event with the third-fastest time of the NCAA quarterfinals in Greensboro … Posted a time of 20.76 (+1.4) in the first round of qualifying at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Was the seventh-fastest qualifier in the 100-meter dash after clocking 10.20 (+1.6) in the national quarterfinal in Greensboro … Helped lead the Tigers into the NCAA semifinal of the sprint relay with the second-fastest time in the field at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Ran the second leg of the team that clocked 39.19 to win its heat in the NCAA quarterfinals … Won the 200-meter crown at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational with a time of 20.78 (+1.4) in his first 200-meter race outdoors … Also a winner of the 100-meter title at the Battle on the Bayou with his wind-legal effort of 10.32 (+1.1) … Placed second in the men’s university final in the 100-meter dash at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays after posting a seasonal best wind-legal time of 10.18 (+1.6) … Followed the collegiate season by competing in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa … Finished in 14th place in the semifinals of the 200-meter dash after posting a career-best wind-aided time of 20.36 in the qualifying round.

2012
Was the top freshman sprinter to join the NCAA Division I ranks for the 2012 season … Captured three All-America honors and three All-SEC honors while leading the LSU sprint group … Was named the SEC Men’s Runner of the Week on March 20 … Earned three selections as the SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week on March 20, March 27 and May 1 during the outdoor season … Joined Barrett Nugent, Keyth Talley and Shermund Allsop in winning a national championship in the 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa … Ran the second leg on the team that tied the Drake Stadium record and clocked the third-fastest time in school history at 38.38 … Also tied for the No. 7-ranked performance in collegiate history at the time of the race … Broke 39 seconds for the first time in the NCAA semifinal after running 38.77 for the second-fastest time of the qualifying round at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Also earned All-America honors in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints with his performance at the NCAA Championships … Crossed the finish line in 21.00 (-4.3) for fifth place in the 200-meter final at Drake Stadium … Advanced to the national final with a wind-aided run of 20.54 in the semifinal round … Added an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter final with a time of 10.45 (-2.3) … Set a personal record of 10.17 (+1.2) in the semifinal round to qualify for his first NCAA final in the 100-meter dash … Scored 7.5 points for the Tigers in his debut at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Tied for the No. 8 performance in school history … Advanced to the NCAA semifinals with strong performances in the quarterfinal round of the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 relay at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida … Clocked 20.54 (+0.5) for eighth place in the quarterfinal round of the 200-meter dash … Crossed the finish line in 10.29 (+1.2) for 10th place in the 100 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Ran the second leg on LSU’s sprint relay team that advanced to the national semifinal with a time of 39.61 for fourth place in the quarterfinal round … Also ran the second leg on the team that finished in third place at the Penn Relays (39.49) … Claimed a pair of All-SEC honors as the SEC Outdoor silver medalist in both the 100 meters and 200 meters while scoring a team-leading 16 points at the SEC Outdoor Championships held at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Was the SEC Outdoor runner-up in the 100 meters (10.23) and 200 meters (20.39w) on his home track … Finished runner-up in the 100-meter dash at both the Texas Relays (10.15w) and Penn Relays (10.47) during the outdoor season … Swept titles in the 100 meters (10.31) and 200 meters (21.29) in his outdoor debut at the Louisiana Classics … Also won the 100-meter title at the LSU Relays with a wind-aided run of 10.27 … Earned All-SEC honors during the indoor season as the SEC Indoor silver medalist in the 200-meter dash … Set an indoor PR of 21.13 for second place in the conference final at the SEC Indoor Championships … Also finished in 15th place in the 60 meters (6.86) and 16th place in the long jump (22-7) at the SEC Indoor meet … Time of 6.86 in the preliminary round at the SEC Championships set a personal best in the 60-meter dash … Set a lifetime PR of 23 feet, 11 ½ inches in a fifth-place finish in the long jump indoors at the LSU Twilight … Posted his mark of 23-4 for 11th place in the long jump at the Razorback Invitational … Emerged as one of the top sprint talents in the United States following the collegiate season while representing his country at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain … Anchored the United States to a gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay as he teamed with Tyreek Hill, Aldrich Bailey and Arthur Delaney to set a world junior record of 38.67 to beat the Jamaican’s at 38.97 for the gold medal … Also swept silver medals in the short sprints at the IAAF World Junior Championships … Tied his wind-legal PR of 10.17 (+0.1) for second place in the 100 meters and set his wind-legal PR of 20.53 (-0.4) for second place in the 200 meters at the World Junior meet … Also captured silver medals in both the 100 meters (10.46) and 200 meters (20.88) at the USA Junior Championships in Bloomington, Indiana.

PRIOR TO LSU
One of the top sprint recruits in the United States for the Class of 2011 … Finished the 2011 outdoor season as the nation’s No. 3-ranked prep performer in both the 100-meter dash (10.17w) and 200-meter dash (20.72) in races run under all conditions … Wrapped up his prep career at Homewood High School by winning three Alabama Class 6A state titles at the 2011 AHAA State Championships held in Gulf Shores … Set a wind-legal personal record in the state final of the 100-meter dash with a meet-record time of 10.33 … Took home the state title in the 200-meter dash with a wind-aided time of 20.99 in the final after running a wind-legal 20.91 in the preliminary round … Also took home a Class 6A state title in the long jump with a winning mark of 23-5 ¾ … Kicked off his 2011 summer schedule by winning a pair of silver medals at the 2011 New Balance Outdoor Nationals held at North Carolina A&T’s Aggie Stadium in Greensboro … Nearly matched his 100-meter PR by taking second place in the final with a time of 10.34 … Followed by running 20.99 in the 200-meter final to complete a sweep of sprint silvers at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals … Set a personal best of 20.72 in winning the 200-meter dash title at the AAU Southeastern Qualifier in Montgomery, Alabama, on June 4, 2011 … Went on to sweep 100-meter and 200-meter silver medals at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans … Captured the AAU Junior Olympics title in the young men’s long jump with a top wind-aided mark of 24-6 ¾ … Emerged as one of the nation’s top talents with his sweep of 100-meter and 200-meter titles at the 2011 Mobile Challenge of Champions, where he posted a seasonal best wind-aided time of 10.17 (+2.4) in the 100-meter final and a wind-aided time of 20.86 (+0.2) in the 200-meter final … Took down the previous Mobile Challenge of Champions meet record of 20.89 in the 200 meters that was set in 2009 by former Mississippi prep star Tavaris Tate … Also jumped a wind-legal 23-2 to win the boy’s long jump title en route to receiving MVP honors at the 2011 Mobile Challenge of Champions … Followed his performance in Mobile by sweeping both the 100 meters (10.41) and 200 meters (20.93) at the 2011 Spain Park Classic … Added a sweep of 100-meter (10.22w) and 200-meter (20.93) titles at the Volunteer Outdoor Track Classic in Knoxville, Tennessee … Also broke 21 seconds in the 200-meter dash with a win at the Golden South Classic in Orlando, Florida, with a time of 20.89 … Broke 21 seconds in the 200 meters a total of eight times during his senior season in 2011 … Was the 2010 Alabama Class 6A state runner-up in the 100-meter dash after running a wind-aided time of 10.47 in the state finals during his junior season … Won a silver medal in the 100-meter dash at the 2010 AAU Junior Olympic Games … Also saw action in the 100-meter dash at the 2010 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa … Set a personal best of 23-7 in the long jump during his high school career … Also a standout football player during his prep career at Homewood High School … Received scholarship offers from such Division I football programs as Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, UAB and Wake Forest … A wide receiver who received an honorable mention selection to the 2010 Birmingham News All-South Team following an outstanding senior season … Also selected to the 2010 All-Over the Mountain team in a vote of eight Class 5A and Class 6A head coaches in his region.

PERSONAL
Full name is Aaron Troy Ernest … Mother is Dawnelle Ernest … Originally from New Orleans, La. … Transferred to Homewood High School in Homewood, Alabama, following Hurricane Katrina … Majoring in sport administration.

 

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