Throws Signee Bliss Shines in Weekend Meet

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Throws Signee Bliss Shines in Weekend Meet

BATON ROUGE – As a member of one of the nation’s elite collegiate track and field recruiting classes for the 2011 season, Indiana prep star Tori Bliss is sure to make an immediate impact on the Lady Tigers’ throws group on the strength of her performance as a senior at Portage High School.

In just the past four day, Bliss has shattered personal bests in both the shot put and discus while wrapping up the weekend among the national leaders in each event at the high school level.

While competing at the Penn Invitational on Saturday, Bliss became the No. 2-ranked prep performer this season in the girl’s shot put as she captured the event title with a new lifetime personal record of 49 feet, 3 ? inches in the event held at Penn High School in Mishawaka, Ind.

That performance improves upon her previous PR of 48-8 that she set during her junior season in 2010 as she now trails the national leader by just four inches for the top spot on the national performance list.

Bliss followed her performance at the Penn Invitational by shattering her personal best in the discus at the Duneland Athletic Conference girl’s triple dual meet between Portage, Chesterton and Merrillville high schools on Tuesday evening. She won the meet’s discus championship by more than 50 feet with a best of 148-2, breaking her previous PR of 144-2 by four feet that she set during her 2010 junior campaign.

Bliss’ victory in the discus on Tuesday ranks her among the Top 20 prep discus throwers nationwide. She wrapped up the competition as the No. 18-ranked high school performer in the event in the United States.

With Bliss’ performance this week, LSU track and field now features four recruits that rank in the top five among high school athletes nationally in their respective events for the 2011 outdoor season.

Sprinter Aaron Ernest of Homewood High School in Homewood, Ala., is arguably the nation’s top recruit in the sprints for the Class of 2011. He currently ranks No. 1 nationally in the 100-meter dash under all conditions for the 2011 outdoor season with a seasonal-best wind-aided time of 10.17 seconds. Ernest is a No. 2-ranked performer nationally in the 200-meter dash with a top time of 20.86 this season.

Pole vaulter Andreas Duplantis of Lafayette High School is currently tied for No. 2 nationally in the boy’s pole vault for 2011 with his seasonal-best and personal-best clearance of 17-2 set nearly three weeks ago at the Texas Relays. Duplantis has also cleared an impressive height of 16-10 this season.

In addition, the Lady Tigers have signed middle distance standout Samantha Levin of Ladue Horton High School in St. Louis, who is the No. 4-ranked 800-meter runner with a time of 2 minutes, 9.48 seconds.