Events: 60H (7.69), 110H (13.51w/13.64)
One of the premier sprint hurdlers to ever wear the LSU uniform ... A four-year letterwinner with the Tigers from 2005-08 ... Finished his career as the school-record holder in the 60-meter hurdles with a career best time of 7.69 ... Personal best of 13.64 in the 110-meter hurdles ranks No. 4 all-time at LSU ... Competed in the 110 hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2007 and 2008 ... Lined up in the 60 hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time during his senior season ... Ran the 110 hurdles at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in each of his four seasons at LSU ... Scored a total of 17 points in SEC competition during his collegiate career ... A standout in the classroom who was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times during his stay at LSU.
Wrapped up his collegiate career with his best season in an LSU uniform ... Proved to be the Tigers’ top hurdler with his performance in 2008 ... Competed in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships and the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Advanced to the national final of the 60 hurdles after setting a new school record of 7.69 in his semifinal heat ... Missed earning his first career All-America honor after being disqualified because of a false start in the final ... Qualified automatically for the NCAA Indoor Championships by setting a then school record of 7.70 to win the 60-meter hurdles at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier ... Nearly earned All-America honors during the outdoor season with a ninth-place finish in the 110 hurdles at the NCAA meet ... Set a new wind-legal personal best of 13.64 to advance to the national semifinal ... Time ranks No. 4 on the school’s all-time outdoor performance list ... Went on to finish ninth at the national meet with a time of 13.66 in his semifinal heat ... Like the indoor season, was an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships after finishing fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships ... Clocked a wind-aided time of 13.58 in the regional final ... Just missed earning his first career All-SEC honor with a third-place finish in the 110 hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships (13.57w) ... Won event titles in the 110 hurdles at the Willie Williams Classic (13.68), LSU Tiger Relays (13.91), Tiger Invitational (13.51w) and LSU Alumni Gold (13.76) ... Was the event runner-up at the Texas Relays with a time of 13.87 in the final ... Finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles at the SEC Indoor Championships after clocking a 7.79 in the final ... Won the 60 hurdles at the Bayou Bengal Invitational (7.81) ... His 11 total points in conference action helped the Tigers earn runner-up finishes in the team standings at the SEC Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
Teamed with All-American Alleyne Lett to give the Tigers a solid 1-2 punch in the hurdles in 2007 ... Enjoyed an outstanding junior season as he made his collegiate debut at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento ... Advanced to the national semifinal in the 110-meter hurdles where he finished the meet in 18th place after clocking a wind-legal time of 13.97 ... Earned a spot in the semifinal after crossing the finish line in 13.98 in the first round of qualifying ... Made his third career appearance at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships ... Helped the Tigers defend their regional crown after placing sixth in the 110 hurdles with a new personal-best time of 13.87 in the final ... Was the first time in his LSU career that he cracked the 14-second barrier in the event ... Moved into the No. 10 spot in the event on the school's all-time outdoor performance list ... Recorded a regional qualifying time in all nine hurdle races leading up to the NCAA Mideast Regional ... Also helped the Tigers to a runner-up finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a sixth-place finish in the 110 hurdles ... Was the first time in his career that he advanced to the conference final in the event ... Earned runner-up finishes at the LSU Tiger Relays (14.20) and LSU Tiger Classic (14.09) during the outdoor season ... Competed in the 60-meter hurdles during the indoor season ... Clocked his first career NCAA provisional qualifying time in the event with a 7.91 in the consolation final at the Tyson Invitational ... Made his first ever appearance in the finals of the 60 hurdles at the SEC Indoor Championships, finishing sixth with a time of 7.92 ... Won event titles at the Bayou Bengal Invitational (8.13) and LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier (7.88) ... His seasonal-best time of 7.88 at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier was also a personal best and the fourth-fastest time in school history ... Earned a runner-up finish at the LSU Twilight Invitational (8.01) ... Also proved to be a standout in the classroom as he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI First-Team following the season ... Boasted a cumulative GPA of 3.93 in biological sciences through the fall semester of 2006.
One of the Tigers' top hurdlers in 2006 ... Took first place in the 110-meter hurdles at the LSU Tiger Relays during the outdoor season with a wind-aided time of 14.21 ... Clocked a top wind-aided time of 14.09 at the Tiger Classic to finish the meet in second place ... Also took second place at the LSU Alumni Gold with a time of 14.19 ... Was an NCAA Mideast Regional participant after clocking a regional qualifying time of 14.16 at the Texas Relays ... Earned a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional ... Competed in both the 55-meter hurdles and 60-meter hurdles during the indoor season ... Clocked a PR of 7.95 in the 60-meter hurdles to take first place at the LSU Invitational ... Posted a second-place finish in the event at the LSU Twilight with a time of 7.99 ... Earned a spot in the finals of the 55-meter hurdles at the SEC Indoor Championships by finishing in seventh in his preliminary heat ... Finished in ninth place in the 55-meter hurdles at the SEC Championships.
Had a solid freshman campaign, qualifying for the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships in the 110-meter hurdles ... Turned in a seasonal-best wind-aided time of 14.13 to win the Bulldog Invitational ... Broke the 14-second barrier in winning the LSU Alumni Gold (13.91), however the wind reading was determined to be over the NCAA allowable limits ... Top wind-legal time was a 14.17 effort at the Sun Angel Classic ... Ran the 60-meter hurdles during the indoor season ... Turned in his best performance of the year at the SEC Championships, clocking 8.00 to place 10th overall ... Time tied as the fifth-fastest in school history.
PRIOR TO LSU
Coached by Clarence Antoine at Baton Rouge Magnet High School ... Earned All-America honors at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships ... Finished sixth in the 110 hurdles at the 2003 Junior Olympics ... Won the state title in the event that same year ... In 2004, won the 55-meter hurdles at the indoor state championships ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Listed in “Who's Who Among American High School Students.”
Full name is Ryan Elliot Fontenot ... Born on May 4, 1986 ... Son of H. Duane and Lynette Fontenot ... Has an older brother, Duane Edward, and a younger sister, Meghan.