Track & Field Heads Outdoors in Lafayette
BATON ROUGE – After wrapping up the 2017 indoor season at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, last weekend, the LSU Track & Field teams move right into the outdoor season this weekend with a short trip to Lafayette to compete at the Louisiana Classics on Friday and Saturday.
LSU’s athletes turned in 12 All-American performances last week as the Tigers led the way with a sixth-place team finish while scoring 30 points for the meet. The Lady Tigers tied for 18th place with 11 points.
The Ragin’ Cajuns Track Complex at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette will be the site of LSU’s outdoor opener as Friday’s action gets underway in the field events at 3 p.m. CT followed by the first event on the track at 8 p.m. Saturday’s action continues at 10 a.m. with the first field events of the day with the first finals on the track to follow at 2:30 p.m.
AdkinsTrak Timing Associates will provide live results for the Louisiana Classics online at http://adkinstrak.com. Fans can also follow the Tigers and Lady Tigers in action in Lafayette during the next two days by following @LSUTrackField on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lsutrackfield and Instagram at http://instagram.com/lsutrackfield and by liking the LSU Track & Field page on Facebook at http://facebook.com/lsutrackfield.
NCAA Qualifiers in Action
A host of athletes competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend will open their outdoor seasons at the Louisiana Classics, including eight earning All-America honors with their performance.
Senior Blair Henderson is scheduled to line up in the 1,500 meters during Saturday’s events, while senior LaMar Bruton is entered in the 800 meters and sophomore Jaron Flournoy will line up in the 100-meter dash this weekend. Henderson earned his first career All-America honor with a seventh-place finish in the men’s 800-meter final in his first ever appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, while Bruton and Flournoy ran as part of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team that picked up All-America honors with a fourth-place national finish.
Flournoy could also feature as part of the Tigers’ 4x100-meter relay pool on Saturday along with fellow indoor All-American Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who placed fourth nationally in the 200 meters while also running a leg on their 4x400-meter relay to close out the championship last Saturday night in College Station.
Freshman All-American Ruby Stauber follows her fifth-place finish in the women’s 800-meter final at the NCAA Indoor meet by running the 5,000 meters in Saturday’s finale at the Louisiana Classics. Also running the 5k for the Lady Tigers is senior Morgan Schuetz, who placed ninth overall in the qualifying round of the 800 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships last weekend.
Other LSU athletes scheduled to compete this weekend after appearing in College Station include senior Travia Jones and junior Kymber Payne in the women’s 400 meters, sophomore Erika Lewis in the women’s 800 meters and freshman Cassondra Hall in the women’s 100-meter dash.
Hall might also be joined in the Lady Tigers’ 4x100-meter relay pool by senior Jada Martin, juniors Mikiah Brisco and Aleia Hobbs and sophomore Kortnei Johnson as they look to line up two teams on Saturday.
Junior Tinashe Mutanga leads a host of other Tigers making their outdoor debuts at the Louisiana Classics as he lines up in the men’s 100-meter dash alongside freshmen Akanni Hislop and Xavier Mulugata. Sophomore Dajour Braxton will run his first collegiate 10,000 meters on Friday night, while freshmen Rayvon Grey (triple jump), Milton Harrell (high jump) and Christian Miller (long jump) open up Saturday.
Seniors Rushell Harvey (100 meters) and Nataliyah Friar (triple jump) debut for the women’s team along with freshmen Nickolette Dunbar (discus), Brittley Humphrey (100 hurdles) and Tonea Marshall (100 hurdles).
After kicking off the outdoor season at the Louisiana Classics, LSU’s teams are off next week before returning to action with their annual trip to Austin, Texas, for the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays running March 30-April 1 at Mike A. Myers Stadium. They then host their first of three home meets this outdoor season with the seventh-annual Battle on the Bayou being held Saturday, April 8, at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.