Events: 60M (6.86), 100M (10.17), 200M (IN: 21.13; OUT: 20.53), Long Jump (IN: 23-11 ½; OUT: 23-7)
2012 World Junior Champion (4x100 Relay)
2012 World Junior Silver Medalist (100M, 200M)
Was the top freshman sprinter to join the NCAA Division I ranks for the 2012 season ... Captured three All-America honors and three All-SEC honors while leading the LSU sprint group ... Was named the SEC Men's Runner of the Week on March 20 ... Earned three selections as the SEC Men's Freshman of the Week on March 20, March 27 and May 1 during the outdoor season ... Joined Barrett Nugent, Keyth Talley and Shermund Allsop in winning a national championship in the 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa ... Ran the second leg on the team that tied the Drake Stadium record and clocked the third-fastest time in school history at 38.38 seconds ... Also tied for the No. 7-ranked performance in collegiate history ... Broke 39 seconds for the first time in the NCAA semifinal after running 38.77 for the second-fastest time of the qualifying round at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Also earned All-America honors in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints with his performance at the NCAA Championships ... Crossed the finish line in 21.00 (-4.3) for fifth place in the 200-meter final at Drake Stadium ... Advanced to the national final with a wind-aided run of 20.54 in the semifinal round ... Added an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter final with a time of 10.45 (-2.3) ... Set a personal record of 10.17 (+1.2) in the semifinal round to qualify for his first NCAA final in the 100-meter dash ... Scored 7.5 points for the Tigers in his debut at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Tied for the No. 8 performance in school history ... Advanced to the NCAA semifinals with strong performances in the quarterfinal round of the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 relay at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Fla. ... Clocked 20.54 (+0.5) for eighth place in the quarterfinal round of the 200-meter dash ... Crossed the finish line in 10.29 (+1.2) for 10th place in the 100 meters at the NCAA East Prelims ... Ran the second leg on LSU's sprint relay team that advanced to the national semifinal with a time of 39.61 for fourth place in the quarterfinal round ... Also ran the second leg on the team that finished in third place at the Penn Relays (39.49) ... Claimed a pair of All-SEC honors as the SEC Outdoor silver medalist in both the 100 meters and 200 meters while scoring a team-leading 16 points at the SEC Outdoor Championships held at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium ... Was the SEC Outdoor runner-up in the 100 meters (10.23) and 200 meters (20.39w) on his home track ... Finished runner-up in the 100-meter dash at both the Texas Relays (10.15w) and Penn Relays (10.47) during the outdoor season ... Swept titles in the 100 meters (10.31) and 200 meters (21.29) in his outdoor debut at the Louisiana Classics ... Also won the 100-meter title at the LSU Relays with a wind-aided run of 10.27 ... Earned All-SEC honors during the indoor season as the SEC Indoor silver medalist in the 200-meter dash ... Set an indoor PR of 21.13 for second place in the conference final at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Also finished in 15th place in the 60 meters (6.86) and 16th place in the long jump (22-7) at the SEC Indoor meet ... Time of 6.86 in the preliminary round at the SEC Championships set a personal best in the 60-meter dash ... Set a lifetime PR of 23 feet, 11 ½ inches in a fifth-place finish in the long jump indoors at the LSU Twilight ... Posted his mark of 23-4 for 11th place in the long jump at the Razorback Invitational ... Emerged as one of the top sprint talents in the United States following the collegiate season while representing his country at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain ... Anchored the United States to a gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay as he teamed with Tyreek Hill, Aldrich Bailey and Arthur Delaney to set a world junior record of 38.67 to beat the Jamaican's at 38.97 for the gold medal ... Also swept silver medals in the short sprints at the IAAF World Junior Championships ... Tied his wind-legal PR of 10.17 (+0.1) for second place in the 100 meters and set his wind-legal PR of 20.53 (-0.4) for second place in the 200 meters at the World Junior meet ... Also captured silver medals in both the 100 meters (10.46) and 200 meters (20.88) at the USA Junior Championships in Bloomington, Ind.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the top sprint recruits in the United States for the Class of 2011 ... Finished the 2011 outdoor season as the nation's No. 3-ranked prep performer in both the 100-meter dash (10.17w) and 200-meter dash (20.72) in races run under all conditions ... Wrapped up his prep career at Homewood High School by winning three Alabama Class 6A state titles at the 2011 AHAA State Championships held in Gulf Shores ... Set a wind-legal personal record in the state final of the 100-meter dash with a meet-record time of 10.33 ... Took home the state title in the 200-meter dash with a wind-aided time of 20.99 in the final after running a wind-legal 20.91 in the preliminary round ... Also took home a Class 6A state title in the long jump with a winning mark of 23-5 ¾ ... Kicked off his 2011 summer schedule by winning a pair of silver medals at the 2011 New Balance Outdoor Nationals held at North Carolina A&T's Aggie Stadium in Greensboro ... Nearly matched his 100-meter PR by taking second place in the final with a time of 10.34 ... Followed by running 20.99 in the 200-meter final to complete a sweep of sprint silvers at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals ... Set a personal best of 20.72 in winning the 200-meter dash title at the AAU Southeastern Qualifier in Montgomery, Ala., on June 4, 2011 ... Went on to sweep 100-meter and 200-meter silver medals at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans ... Captured the AAU Junior Olympics title in the young men's long jump with a top wind-aided mark of 24-6 ¾ ... Emerged as one of the nation's top talents with his sweep of 100-meter and 200-meter titles at the 2011 Mobile Challenge of Champions, where he posted a seasonal best wind-aided time of 10.17 (+2.4) in the 100-meter final and a wind-aided time of 20.86 (+0.2) in the 200-meter final ... Took down the previous Mobile Challenge of Champions meet record of 20.89 in the 200 meters that was set in 2009 by former Mississippi prep star Tavaris Tate ... Also jumped a wind-legal 23-2 to win the boy's long jump title en route to receiving MVP honors at the 2011 Mobile Challenge of Champions ... Followed his performance in Mobile by sweeping both the 100 meters (10.41) and 200 meters (20.93) at the 2011 Spain Park Classic ... Added a sweep of 100-meter (10.22w) and 200-meter (20.93) titles at the Volunteer Outdoor Track Classic in Knoxville, Tenn. ... Also broke 21 seconds in the 200-meter dash with a win at the Golden South Classic in Orlando, Fla., with a time of 20.89 ... Broke 21 seconds in the 200 meters a total of eight times during his senior season in 2011 ... Was the 2010 Alabama Class 6A state runner-up in the 100-meter dash after running a wind-aided time of 10.47 in the state finals during his junior season ... Won a silver medal in the 100-meter dash at the 2010 AAU Junior Olympic Games ... Also saw action in the 100-meter dash at the 2010 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa ... Set a personal best of 23-7 in the long jump during his high school career ... Also a standout football player during his prep career at Homewood High School ... Received scholarship offers from such Division I football programs as Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, UAB and Wake Forest ... A wide receiver who received an honorable mention selection to the 2010 Birmingham News All-South Team following an outstanding senior season ... Also selected to the 2010 All-Over the Mountain team in a vote of eight Class 5A and Class 6A head coaches in his region.
Full name is Aaron Troy Ernest ... Mother is Dawnelle Ernest ... Originally from New Orleans, La. ... Transferred to Homewood High School in Homewood, Ala., following Hurricane Katrina ... Currently undecided on a major.