Ten Track & Field Athletes Heading to Olympics
BATON ROUGE - As Sunday's deadline for athletics entries to the 2012 Olympic Games is only days away, the LSU Track & Field program will be represented by 10 athletes in London this summer after the completion of team trials held in the United States, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago during recent weeks.
LSU is sure to be a national leader once again after sending a NCAA-leading 12 track and field athletes to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, four years ago.
Tiger senior Riker Hylton and former Lady Tiger standout Samantha Henry-Robinson joined the ranks of LSU Track & Field's contingent making the trip to London on Monday when they were officially selected as members of Jamaica's competitive relay pools for the Olympic Games.
Hylton will join his teammates in the 4x400-meter relay after running the third leg with Jamaica's bronze-medal winning foursome at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in South Korea. Henry-Robinson is set to join her country's vaunted 4x100-meter relay pool following the Jamaican Championships.
They are among 10 athletes with ties to the LSU Track & Field program who will take part in the athletics competition at the 2012 Olympic Games being held Aug. 3-12 in London, England.
Former Lady Tiger Nickiesha Wilson and LSU junior Damar Forbes will join their compatriots in London as members of Jamaica's squad. Wilson will represent Jamaica in her second Olympic Games for the 400-meter hurdles after taking winning the bronze medal at the Jamaican Championships, while Forbes will be making his Olympics debut in the long jump as this year's Jamaican champion in the event.
Lady Tiger great and 2008 Olympics finalist Lolo Jones will represent the United States after securing her third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.
LSU's most decorated group hails from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago, as two-time Olympic silver medalist Richard Thompson and World Championship bronze medalist Kelly-Ann Baptiste lead the charge in London. While each will run the 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay for a second time at the Olympic Games, Thompson returns as the defending silver medalist in each event after 2008.
Also making her second Olympic appearance for Trinidad & Tobago is Lady Tiger senior Semoy Hackett as she will join Baptiste in the 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay, as well as the 200-meter dash. Also competing for Trinidad & Tobago is Tiger senior Ade Alleyne-Forte in the 4x400-meter relay pool.
Four nations will be represented in London by the LSU Track & Field program as former Lady Tiger half miler Neisha Bernard-Thomas will also compete for Grenada in the 800-meter run.
LSU Track & Field at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Ade Alleyne-Forte, 4x400 relay, Trinidad & Tobago
Kelly-Ann Baptiste, 100 meters/4x100 relay, Trinidad & Tobago
Neisha Bernard-Thomas, 800 meters, Grenada
Damar Forbes, Long Jump, Jamaica
Semoy Hackett, 100 meters/200 meters/4x100 relay, Trinidad & Tobago
Samantha Henry-Robinson, 4x100 relay, Jamaica
Riker Hylton, 4x400 relay, Jamaica
Lolo Jones, 100 hurdles, United States
Richard Thompson, 100 meters/4x100 relay, Trinidad & Tobago
Nickiesha Wilson, 400 hurdles, Jamaica