Track Signee Continues to Dominate Sprints
BATON ROUGE – The LSU track and field program may have inked the nation’s top sprint prospect in February when it signed Homewood High School star Aaron Ernest to a National Letter of Intent, and the 100-meter and 200-meter specialist continued his domination on Saturday with a sweep of championships at the Volunteer Outdoor Track Classic in Knoxville, Tenn.
After capturing the meet’s 100-meter title with a wind-aided time of 10.22 seconds, Ernest clocked a wind legal 20.93 to add the 200-meter title to his trophy haul for the weekend.
Ernest has actually run under 21 seconds in the 200-meter dash on three occasions during the 2011 season after setting a personal record of 20.86 to win the event crown at the Mobile Challenge of Champions and 20.93 to take the title at the Spain Park Classic earlier this month.
Ernest’s best of 20.86 not only set a new meet record for the Mobile Challenge of Champions, but it ranks No. 2 among high school sprinters in the country for the 2011 outdoor season.
In addition, Ernest currently owns the nation’s fastest prep performance in the 100-meter dash running for all conditions after setting a career best wind-aided time of 10.17 (+2.4) at the Mobile Challenge of Champions on April 2. He recently set a new wind-legal PR in the event with his victory at the Spain Park Classic on April 9 when he sped to a time of 10.41 in the championship final.
Ernest qualified for Saturday’s finals at the Volunteer Outdoor Track Classic with his wind-aided times of 10.29 and 21.23 at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium at the University of Tennessee.