Two Athletes Medal at NACAC Championships

LSU's Vernon Norwood
LSU's Vernon Norwood
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BATON ROUGE – An LSU Tiger struck gold for the second-straight day at the 2014 North American, Central American & Caribbean Under-23 Championships as junior Aaron Ernest ran on the winning 4x100-meter relay for the United States, while fellow junior Vernon Norwood won the bronze medal in the 400-meter dash on Saturday in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

Ernest joined fellow junior Rodney Brown as a NACAC gold medalist as he ran the second leg on Team USA’s 4x100-meter relay that took the title in a three-team final with a time of 38.47 seconds. Brown won the gold medal in the men’s discus with a meet-record throw of 207 feet, 9 inches during Friday’s opener.

Ernest teamed with Remonty McClain, Christopher Royster and Diondre Batson to take the title for the United States ahead of the silver medalists from Jamaica who turned in a time of 38.78.

An eight-time All-American with the Tigers, Ernest has now won four medals for during his international career with the United States as he was also a three-time medalist at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships held in Barcelona, Spain, winning the gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay and sweeping silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints in his international debut two years ago.

Ernest will look to add a fifth international medal to his resume during Sunday’s finale at the NACAC U-23 Championships when he lines up in the semifinal and final rounds of the men’s 200-meter dash.

After qualifying with the second-fastest time during Friday’s preliminary round, Norwood raced to the finish line in 45.56 seconds in the championship final to take home the bronze medal as he followed Pittsburgh All-American and Team USA’s gold medalist Brycen Spratling (45.18) and Grenada’s silver medalist Bralon Taplin (45.52).

The three medalists dominated the field as Norwood finished exactly 1.5 seconds ahead of the fourth-place finisher as Canada’s Benjamin Ayesu-Attah trailed well behind with a time of 47.06.

Rounding out the men’s 400-meter finalists on Saturday were Barbados’ Burkheart Ellis (47.10) in fifth place, Canada’s Nathan George (47.21) in sixth place, St. Kitts & Nevis’ Lestrod Roland (47.79) in seventh place and Jamaica’s Kavoy Nelson (50.38) in eighth place in the event.

Like Ernest, Norwood will return to the track in Sunday’s finale at this year’s NACAC U-23 Championships as he will run as part of Team USA’s powerful 4x400-meter relay team that is certainly a gold-medal favorite.

LSU Track & Field athletes have hit a milestone as the Tigers and Lady Tigers have now combined to win 31 medals all-time at the NACAC U-23 Championships. That includes 15 gold medals, seven silver medals and nine bronze medals all-time while representing such countries as Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.

LSU’s Medal History at the NACAC U-23 Championships
Athlete, Country, Medal, Event

Rodney Brown, United States, Gold, Discus
Aaron Ernest, United States, Gold, 4x100 Relay
Vernon Norwood, United States, Bronze, 400 Meters

Rebecca Alexander, United States, Gold, 400 Meters
Rebecca Alexander, United States, Gold, 4x400 Relay
Kimberlyn Duncan, United States, Gold, 200 Meters
Kimberlyn Duncan, United States, Gold, 4x100 Relay
Barrett Nugent, United States, Silver, 110 Hurdles
Cassandra Tate, United States, Gold, 400 Hurdles
Cassandra Tate, United States, Gold, 4x400 Relay

Ade Alleyne-Forte, Trinidad & Tobago, Bronze, 4x400 Relay
Walter Henning, United States, Silver, Hammer Throw
Samantha Henry, Jamaica, Silver, 100 Meters
Samantha Henry, Jamaica, Silver, 4x100 Relay
Rachel Laurent, United States, Bronze, Pole Vault
Melissa Ogbourne, Jamaica, Bronze, Triple Jump
Kenyanna Wilson, United States, Gold, 4x100 Relay
Kenyanna Wilson, United States, Bronze, 100 Meters

Samantha Henry, Jamaica, Silver, 4x100 Relay
Samantha Henry, Jamaica, Bronze, 100 Meters
Nickiesha Wilson, Jamaica, Gold, 400 Hurdles
Nickiesha Wilson, Jamaica, Gold, 4x400 Relay

Reggie Dardar, United States, Silver, 4x400 Relay
Deonna Lawrence, United States, Gold, 4x400 Relay
Brooklynn Morris, United States, Gold, 4x100 Relay
Isa Phillips, Jamaica, Bronze, 400 Hurdles
Richard Thompson, Trinidad & Tobago, Bronze, 4x100 Relay

Lolo Jones, United States, Gold, 100 Hurdles
Lolo Jones, United States, Silver, 4x100 Relay

LeJuan Simon, Trinidad & Tobago, Bronze, Triple Jump

Russ Buller, United States, Gold, Pole Vault





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