2013 Track & Field Preview: Jumps, Multis

LSU's Lynnika Pitts
LSU's Lynnika Pitts
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Women's Previews

After earning a third-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and defending their crown at the SEC Outdoor Championships during the 2012 season, the Lady Tigers are poised for another championship run as they return six All-Americans and one of the nation's top recruiting classes that will provide the foundation for one of the NCAA's most talented teams this spring. Like the men's team, the Lady Tigers feature a balanced squad with All-America hopefuls in each of the five event areas, including the sprints, hurdles, jumps, throws and middle distances. That firepower is sure to lead the Lady Tigers into the championship chase again in 2013.

Ninth in a 10-part series previews a the women's jumpers and multi-event athletes who will be competing in 2013.

Women's Jumps & Multis

The Lady Tigers have built a strong tradition in the jumps featuring some of the nation's premier performers at the collegiate level, and the group will help lead LSU into contention at the SEC and NCAA Championships once again in 2013 with a host of All-America hopefuls.

Leading the way for the Lady Tigers is All-SEC senior Brittany Porter as one of the elite long jumpers returning to the NCAA ranks this spring and rising junior Lynnika Pitts as a NCAA Championships qualifier in both the long jump and triple jump a year ago.

After setting an indoor personal best of 20 feet, 1 ½ inches in the long jump, Porter earned her first career all-conference honor in the event during the outdoor season with a silver-medal-winning runner-up finish while setting a career-best wind-aided mark of 20-9 ¼ at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She then soared to a wind-legal best of 20-5 at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds before finishing in 15th place at the NCAA Championships.

Pitts emerged as one of the nation's leading triple jumpers during the 2012 indoor season when she won the SEC Indoor bronze medal in the event with a third-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships. She then qualified for the NCAA Championships with her performance at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier where she jumped a lifetime personal record of 42-9 ¾ for the No. 9-ranked mark among all triple jumpers nationally in 2012.

Pitts is certainly the most versatile jumper returning for the Lady Tigers as she also set PRs of 5-9 ¾ in the high jump and 20-5 ¾w in the long jump a season ago.

The jumps squad welcomes a strong recruiting class into the program that is sure to make an impact on each of the three jumps as well as the multi-events this spring. Junior college national champion Keri Emanuel (North Charleston, S.C.), Jamaican high jumper Shanice Hall (St. Catherine, Jamaica) and Swedish heptathlete Therese Jernbeck (Stockholm, Sweden) will make an immediate impact for LSU in their first season in the program.

A product of South Plains College, Emanuel was crowned the junior college national champion in both the long jump and triple jump during her sophomore season in 2012 with marks of 20-1 in the long jump and 41-1 ¾ in the triple jump in her national sweep. Emanuel actually set a wind-legal PR of 43-10 in the triple jump in a third-place finish at the 2012 Texas Relays, while she also owns a lifetime best of 20-5 in the long jump.

Hall is a decorated high jump recruit who joins the Lady Tigers following her prep career at Wolmer's Trust High School for Girls where she cleared a personal record of 6-0 ¾ as a senior a year ago. A 2010 Carifta Games gold medalist, Hall cleared 5-10 ¾ five times during her prep career at Wolmer's Girls.

Jernbeck boasts an extensive international pedigree as one of the top multi-event prospects in Europe while competing for two seasons as a member of Swedish National Team. She set a PR score of 5,324 points in a 12th-place finish in the heptathlon at the 2011 European Junior Athletics Championships. She joins SEC scorer Kaitlyn Moreau in giving the Lady Tigers a strong team of multi-event athletes in the 2013 season.

While she will not compete for the Lady Tigers this spring, McNeese State transfer Mariah Georgetown has her eye on 2014 when she will compete for the first time in the hurdles and multi-events.

The 2012 Southland Conference heptathlon champion and 2012 SLC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year joined the Lady Tiger program with PRs of 3,617 points in the pentathlon and 5,265 points in the pentathlon as the McNeese State school-record holder in each event. Georgetown also captured SLC Outdoor silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles a year ago before setting PRs of 13.34 wind-aided and 13.50 wind-legal in the event with her appearance at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds.

Check back Thursday as Part 10 of LSU Track & Field's 2013 Season Preview will feature the women's throwers.





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