Track & Field Teams Sprint Into Texas Relays
AUSTIN, Texas – Following a historic performance at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays a year ago, the LSU Track & Field teams will return to Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas this week as the Longhorns play host to the 86th edition of one of the celebrated events of the outdoor season beginning Wednesday morning.
The Lady Tigers were honored as the Most Outstanding Team of the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays last year while setting a single-season meet record with four relay championships in the 4x100-meter relay, 4x200-meter relay, sprint medley relay and distance medley relay. No other team has won more than three relays in a single meet.
Not only did she run on LSU’s winning 4x100, 4x200 and sprint medley relays, but Kimberlyn Duncan also won the women’s 100-meter dash while being named the Most Outstanding Performer.
The Tigers scored three events wins of their own in 2012 as Barrett Nugent defended his title in the 110-meter hurdles, Kyron Blaise won the triple jump and the squad wrapped up the meet with a win in the Cleburne Price, Jr. 4x400-Meter Relay to give LSU Track & Field a total of eight event titles for the weekend.
The 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays kicks off Wednesday morning as Lady Tiger freshman Therese Jernbeck will compete in her first collegiate heptathlon beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
LSU’s athletes will compete in their first open field events on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. followed by the start of the relay events at 5:35 p.m. Friday’s action is set to begin at 9:35 a.m., while Saturday’s finale is set to begin at 10 a.m. with the field events and noon with the first relay finals of the afternoon.
Live results for the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays can be found online at the official athletics website for the University of Texas at www.texassports.com. Fans can also receive live updates of LSU’s athletes by liking LSU Track & Field on Facebook and following @LSUTrackField on Twitter throughout the event this weekend.
As one of the premier attractions of the outdoor season, the Texas Relays provides an early-season look at many of the programs that are sure to be in the title hunt at the NCAA Championships in June.
“We look forward to making it back to Austin each spring to compete in an event like the Texas Relays,” said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. “We always get a chance to see where we are as a team early in the spring as this meet attracts many of the teams we’ll be competing with for a national championship later this summer. It’s important that we know where we are at this stage against the best our sport has to offer.”
With their performance, the Tigers and Lady Tigers have helped to establish the tradition that is the Texas Relays that spans nearly nine decades as one of the country’s premier events of the outdoor season.
The Lady Tigers snapped a nine-year drought while being named the Most Outstanding Team of the Texas Relays in 2012 for the first time since the 2003 season. They were also honored as the Most Outstanding Team with their performance in 1985, 1995 and 1996 for five selections all-time.
Duncan also became the first Lady Tigers since Lolo Jones in 2003 to be recognized as the Most Outstanding Performer at the Texas Relays with a dominating performance last spring.
Other Lady Tigers who have been honored as the Most Outstanding Performer of the meet include Schowonda Williams (1987), Dawn Sowell (1989), Dawn Bowles (1992) and Cheryl Taplin (1994).
The 2012 Bowerman Award winner tied as the No. 6-ranked 100-meter sprinter in collegiate history under all conditions as she sprinted to a career-best wind-aided time of 10.94 seconds in winning the women’s crown in the 100-meter dash at the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Not only did she anchor the Lady Tigers to a win in the 4x100 relay in 42.99, but she also anchored the winning 4x200 relay that set a meet record in 1:30.01 and ran on the winning sprint medley relay that set the meet record and school record in 3:43.79.
The Lady Tigers also won their first ever distance medley relay crown at the Texas Relays in dramatic fashion as they finished just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Texas Tech (11:16.83) with a winning effort of 11:16.82 in one of the more exciting finishes of the meet a year ago.
While the Lady Tigers set a single-season meet record with four relay victories in 2012, the Tigers went out with a bang by winning their sixth title all-time in the Cleburne Price, Jr. 4x400-Meter Relay final.
Senior Caleb Williams returns from the foursome that took the title in 3:04.54 in the final race of the meet last year, as he will help the Tigers defend their crown with a foursome that is also likely to feature sophomore Quincy Downing and freshmen Darrell Bush and Cyril Grayson. They earned All-America honors with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships back on March 9.
LSU Track & Field is among the premier programs at the Texas Relays year in and year out as the Tigers and Lady Tigers have combined for 70 relay titles since the inaugural event in 1925. The Lady Tigers have now won a total of 40 relay titles to lead all women’s programs in the meet’s history, while the Tigers have added an 30 relay titles of their own all-time.
In addition, LSU athletes have won 72 individual event championships in the University division with the Tigers claiming 40 event titles and the Lady Tigers adding 32 event titles in the history of the Texas Relays.
After competing at the Texas Relays this weekend, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will spend part of their Spring Break week in Los Angeles, Calif., next week as they compete at the LSU vs. UCLA Dual Meet being held April 6 at UCLA’s Drake Stadium. They will then return home to play host to the Battle on the Bayou on April 13 at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge.