Track and Field Set for NCAA Mideast Regionals
BATON ROUGE — LSU’s second-ranked Lady Tigers and third-ranked Tigers will have a bid to the national championships on the line as they host NCAA Mideast Regional Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at Bernie Moore Stadium.
The top-five finishers in each event as well as the top three teams in each relay will earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships to be held, June 9-12, in Austin, Texas.
Competition will be tough as the region boosts 78 men’s teams and 80 women’s squads all vying for a spot at the national meet. Of those teams participating, eight on the men’s side and five on the women’s side are ranked among the top-25.
“This competition is probably one of the best in the United States,” said LSU head coach Pat Henry. “The region is tough. The number of rounds, the number of people who have qualified here is as good as anywhere and probably the best in the country.”
The men’s competition features four of the top-five teams in the nation as top-ranked Arkansas leads the pack and No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 LSU and No. 5 Ohio State highlight the talent-packed pool of competitors.
The Lady Tigers, the defending Mideast Regional champions, should be challenged by No. 4 Arkansas and No. 7 Tennessee in the team competition.
The LSU men and women have combined to qualify 34 athletes and four relay teams into this weekend’s competition.
LSU’s four relay teams, the men’s and women’s 4×100 and 4x400s, each enter the regional championships having posted the top times in the region this season.
Other Tigers topping the regional standings include Hazelann Regis in the 400 meters, Lolo Jones in the 100-meter hurdles, Britney Henry in the hammer, John Moffitt in the long jump and Bennie Brazell in the 400-meter hurdles.
Following the conclusion of the Mideast Regional Championships, LSU will take a weekend off before concluding the 2004 season at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Texas.