Track and Field Heads to Oxford for SEC Championships
BATON ROUGE — After a three-week break LSU’s national champion track and field team returns to action this weekend as the top-ranked Lady Tigers and the second-ranked Tigers travel to Oxford, Miss., for the SEC Outdoor Championships.
Competition will run Thursday through Sunday at the Ole Miss Track and Field Complex. It marks the first time in championship history that Ole Miss has hosted the outdoor conference meet.
This weekend’s competition should once again be a platform for some of the nation’s top talent as the men’s meet features the top four teams in the country, in Arkansas, LSU, Florida and Auburn and the women’s meet contains five teams ranked among the top 10 nationally.
Top-ranked Arkansas enters the meet as the defending men’s champion. The Razorbacks have won 11 of the last 12 SEC Outdoor titles. Florida is the defending champion on the women’s side having has won two straight team titles.
A year ago, the Lady Tigers placed third and the Tigers finished tied for sixth in the final team standings. LSU will once again look to make an impact in the team race as the Tigers and Lady Tigers combine to bring 12 SEC-leading marks into the championship meet.
LSU also returns four individuals and one relay team that won conference titles a year ago. Defending champions include Muna Lee in the 100 meters, Lolo Jones in the 100 hurdles, Nicole Toney in the triple jump, John Moffitt in the long jump, as well as the women’s 4×100-meter relay team.
Following the SEC Championships, the LSU track and field team will take a weekend off before returning to action, May 28-29, when it hosts the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at Bernie Moore Stadium.