Track & Field to Compete in Miami for Spring Break

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Track & Field to Compete in Miami for Spring Break

BATON ROUGE – With the LSU campus officially closing its doors next week for Spring Break, the men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to Miami, Fla., to compete at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational being held Saturday’s at Cobb Stadium at the University of Miami.

The teams will hold a training session at Cobb Stadium after arriving in Miami on Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s competition. They will then spend part of their Spring Break vacation on South Beach on Sunday and Monday before returning to Baton Rouge on Tuesday afternoon.

The action gets underway in the field at 10 a.m. CT followed by the first events on the track at 3 p.m. Full results will be available at following the conclusion of the meet.

Since live results will be unavailable during the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, fans are invited to become a fan of LSU Track & Field on Facebook and to follow @LSUTrackField on Twitter to receive updates of the Tigers and Lady Tigers competing throughout the event this weekend.

LSU boasts one of the largest fan followings in collegiate track and field on its social networking sites for programs nationwide as it reaches 2,520 fans on Facebook and 935 followers on Twitter.

“This is certainly an important week for both of our teams because many of our athletes will open up their events for the first time this outdoor season. Others will have a great opportunity to improve upon their seasonal bests and take another positive step forward in their development,” said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. “We need to take advantage of every opportunity we have left to compete.

“It’s hard to believe, but we only have little more than two weeks left in the regular season. Then it’s time for us to get ready to compete at the SEC and NCAA Championships.”

The Hurricane Alumni Invitational will feature the 2011 outdoor debut of a trio of LSU All-America stars as senior Gabriel Mvumvure and junior Semoy Hackett compete in the 200-meter dash for the first time at Cobb Stadium and junior Rebecca Alexander will run her first 400-meter dash of the campaign.

Senior Brittani Carter and junior Cassandra Tate are two Lady Tigers who will return to Miami looking to defend their event titles won a year ago at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational. Carter, who cleared a height of 6 feet, 0 inches in the high jump in the meet a year ago, is looking to improve upon her outdoor best of 5-9 ¾. Tate hopes to improve upon her seasonal best of 57.25 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles.

Other Lady Tiger All-America hopefuls looking to improve their performance this outdoor season include senior Kenyanna Wilson in the 100 meters and junior Jonique Day in the 400 meters.

A host of Tiger All-America hopefuls will also be in action this weekend as those hoping to improve their 2011 seasonal bests include senior Tristan Walker (200 meters), junior Riker Hylton (400 meters), junior Michael Lauro (hammer), junior Aaron Moore (javelin), junior Keyth Talley (200 meters), junior Horatio Williams (100 meters) and freshman Rynell Parson (100 meters).

LSU’s 4×100-meter relay teams are off to a fast start this season, and both are ready to compete again this weekend as they look to build consistency for the postseason.

Each team ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this season as Barrett Nugent, Williams, Talley and Mvumvure have combined to run as fast as 38.78 for the Tigers and Toshika Sylvester, Kimberlyn Duncan, Hackett and Wilson have teamed to run a top time of 43.44 for the Lady Tigers during the 2011 outdoor season.

After returning to Baton Rouge on Tuesday, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will play host to the LSU Alumni Gold meet on April 23 at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium. As part of the festivities, the teams will also play host to the second-annual LSU Track & Field Team Awards and Alumni Recognition Banquet at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Friday, April 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. CDT.