Tigers 2-3 in Decathlon After Day One of SEC Track Championships

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Tigers 2-3 in Decathlon After Day One of SEC Track Championships

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A strong start in the multi-events kicked off action for the LSU track and field team at the SEC Outdoor Championships Thursday at Vanderbilt Track.

Tigers Alleyne Lett and Kwami Roberts stand in second and third, respectively, in the decathlon after the completion of five events.

Lett, who sits just seven points behind leader Chris Helwick of Tennessee, tallied 3,970 points while posting personal bests in four of the five events.

“Alleyne is having a great meet,” said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. “He is competing with more confidence and he has positioned himself for a great day tomorrow.”

Lett won the first three events of the competition running 10.82 in the 100 meters, before jumping 23-11 in the long jump and throwing for a distance of 47-11 3/4 in the shot put. He went on to clear 5-10 1/2 in the high jump and clock 50.30 in the 400 meters.

Roberts accumulated 3,849 points while recording personal bests in three of the five events. Roberts’ best finish of the day was a 6-3 1/2 clearance in the high jump which tied him for second among the field. Other PRs came in the long jump (21-11 3/4) and the 400 meters (49.59).

Also competing for the men was sophomore Gavin Fleming. He stands in eighth place with a total of 3,297 points.

In the women’s heptathlon, the Lady Tigers also turned in an impressive first-day effort as junior Megan Akre is fourth and senior Dianne Harrison is sixth following the completion of four events.

Akre recorded 3,291 points after notching personal bests in three of the four events. Her top performances included a 14.08 effort in the 100 hurdles, a 24.80 showing in the 200 meters and a clearance of 5-7 3/4 in the high jump.

“That is what it’s all about, coming to this meet and trying to get a personal best,” said Shaver. “Megan was able do to that and she had a great day.”

Harrison posted a personal best of her own, jumping 5-8 3/4 in the high jump en route to 3,148 first-day points.

“This was a great way to start the meet,” said Shaver. “It gives us something to build on tomorrow as we wrap up the multi-events and get underway with some very important preliminary round competition.”

Action from the SEC Championships continues tomorrow with the completion of the multi-events as well as the start of the individual field and running events. Competition begins at 10 a.m.