Track & Field Returns to Arkansas for Tyson

LSU's Rynell Parson
LSU's Rynell Parson
Steve Franz
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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BATON ROUGE - The LSU Track & Field teams are set to make their second trip to the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., in three weeks as the University of Arkansas will play host to this year's Tyson Invitational on Friday and Saturday in one of the nation's premier indoor competitions.

Friday's action kicks off at noon CT with the afternoon session followed by the evening session at 6 p.m. Saturday's action start in the field at 11 a.m. followed by the first events on the track at 1 p.m.

This marks the second time in the last three weeks that the Tigers and Lady Tigers will compete as part of an elite field at the Randal Tyson Track Center following the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 25-26. The University of Arkansas will also play host to the SEC Indoor Championships on Feb. 24-26 and NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-9.

Live results from the meet will be provided by Flash Results and available online at Fans can also receive live up-to-the-minute and behind-the-scenes coverage of the Tigers and Lady Tigers by liking LSU Track & Field on Facebook and following @LSUTrackField on Twitter.

The No. 3-ranked Lady Tigers are among 10 women's teams and No. 6-ranked Tigers are among eight men's teams nationally-ranked in the latest Top 25 power ranking released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

After capturing their sixth women's team title in 12 seasons at the Armory Collegiate Invitational this past weekend, the Lady Tigers will face another NCAA Championships caliber field that includes other nationally-ranked programs as No. 1 Kansas, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 5 Oregon, No. 9 Central Florida, No. 14 Texas, No. 19 Baylor, No. 20 South Carolina, No. 21 Florida State and No. 25 Auburn.

The Tigers will square off against the likes of No. 1 Arkansas, No. 4 Oregon, No. 9 Auburn, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Mississippi State, No. 16 Florida State and No. 22 Oklahoma.

LSU Track & Field looks to improve its qualifying position for the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend as the squads have already placed 10 athletes and two relays in the Top 10 of the national rankings through four meets of the campaign.

The competition is sure to provide the Tigers and Lady Tigers an opportunity to strengthen their qualifying position with their 4x400-meter relays.

The Tigers boast the nation's No. 5-ranked mile relay team while running an indoor seasonal-best of 3 minutes, 7.74 seconds at the Texas A&M Triangular meet on Jan. 19. The Tyson Invitational will see a field of four men's relay teams that rank among the Top 15 nationally as the Tigers join No. 3 Arkansas (3:06.26), No. 8 Baylor (3:10.48) and No. 15 Oregon (3:10.83).

The Lady Tigers are among five of the NCAA's Top 10 4x400-meter relay teams competing this weekend as they own the nation's No. 6-ranked performance in 2013 at 3:36.45. They will look to improve in the event while racing No. 2 Texas (3:31.69), No. 3 Arkansas (3:35.25), No. 9 South Carolina (3:37.69) and No. 10 Texas Tech (3:37.78).

While LSU's athletes have turned in 12 performances that rank among the NCAA's Top 10, other athletes look to join their teammates in NCAA qualifying position with Top 20 rankings this season.

Lady Tiger junior Keri Emanuel is poised to jump into the nation's Top 10 in the women's long jump as she has already set an indoor personal record of 20 feet 4 ¼ inches to rank No. 11 nationally for 2013. Emanuel already ranks No. 4 in the country with a seasonal-best mark of 42-8 ¾ in the triple jump.

Also owning the NCAA's No. 11 ranking in his event this season is Tiger senior Caleb Williams, who will run the 400-meter dash on Friday afternoon with a seasonal-best of 46.98 seconds.

Three other Tigers own NCAA Top 20 rankings this season as senior Rynell Parson is currently tied for the No. 15 spot in the country in the 60-meter dash with a best of 6.68, sophomore Andreas Duplantis is tied for No. 16 overall in the pole vault with an indoor PR of 17-5 and sophomore Aaron Ernest is tied for No. 19 nationally with a best of 6.69 in the 60 meters.

This weekend's action also provides LSU's athletes with an opportunity to compete one last time on the track where they will compete in both the SEC and NCAA championship meets.

After competing at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville this weekend, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will wrap up the regular season of the 2013 indoor campaign on the evening of Friday, Feb. 15, when they play host to the LSU Twilight meet at the Carl Maddox Field House in Baton Rouge.





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