Track & Field Holds Annual Thanksgiving Penathlon
BATON ROUGE - Members of the LSU Track & Field program continued their Thanksgiving tradition on Tuesday afternoon as they wrapped up the team's fall training season by competing in the annual team pentathlon held at the Carl Maddox Field House before the start of the holiday break.
The annual LSU Track & Field Team Pentathlon is held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving each fall, while pitting the program's sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers against one another in a competition boasting five events such as the 30-meter dash, standing long jump, standing triple jump, between the legs forward shot throw and overhead backward shot throw.
Lady Tiger senior Brittany Porter dominated the women's competition once again by capturing her fourth individual pentathlon title in as many seasons, while senior Daniel Obioha shared the men's pentathlon title he had won in each of the last two years with fellow senior Damar Forbes.
The men's throwers and women's jumpers and combined event athletes claimed this year's group titles as the top three scorers in each event group were factored into the final team standings.
Porter, who also claimed the women's pentathlon title as a freshman in 2009, as a sophomore in 2010 and as a junior in 2011, set a new women's senior class record with 327 points for five events. After scoring a career-best and all-class record of 338 points in her win last year, Porter eclipsed the previous senior class record of 320 points scored by Lady Tiger great Lolo Jones in 2003.
Porter scored 73 points with a mark of 57 feet, 9 ½ inches in the overhead backward shot throw, 70 points with a time of 4.23 seconds in the 30-meter dash, 65 points with a mark of 54-8 in the between the legs forward shot throw, 64 points with a mark of 9-8 ½ in the standing long jump and 55 points with her mark of 27-2 in the standing triple jump during Tuesday's competition.
Each of Porter's throws of 57-9 ½ for the overhead backward shot throw and 54-8 in the between the legs forward shot throw set new event records among the jumps and combined events group.
Obioha and Forbes shared the men's pentathlon title after finishing the day with 379 points apiece after an exciting event. Obioha won his third-straight men's title, while Forbes won the first of his career.
Obioha, who scored a career-best 402 points to take the title a year ago, scored 84 points with his mark of 11-0 ¾ in the standing long jump, 80 points with a mark of 32-3 in the standing triple jump, 78 points with a mark of 55-0 ¾ in the overhead backward shot throw, 78 points with a time of 4.12 in the 30-meter dash and 60 points with a mark of 52-7 ¼ in the between the legs forward shot throw.
Forbes matched Obioha's score of 379 points to share the crown as he tallied a whopping 92 points with a time of 3.89 in the 30-meter dash, 90 points with a mark of 11-5 ¼ in the standing long jump, 83 points with a mark of 32-9 ¾ in the standing triple jump, 66 points with a mark of 55-0 ¾ in the overhead backward shot throw and 49 points with a mark of 48-3 ¼ in the between the legs forward shot throw.
Obioha (379) teamed with Brown (370) and sophomore Jeremy Tuttle (290) to claim the men's group title for the throwers with their total of 1,039 points. Porter (327) joined junior Lynnika Pitts (259) and junior Mariah Georgetown (256) in scoring 842 points to defend their team title from a year ago.
The group titles at the annual LSU Track & Field Team Pentathlon are determined by combining the three top scorers by athletes competing for the sprinters/hurdlers, jumpers/multis and throwers.