Track & Field's Lauro Sets P.R. in Hammerama

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Track & Field's Lauro Sets P.R. in Hammerama

WAKEFIELD, R.I. – LSU junior All-American and Rhode Island native Michael Lauro enjoyed a triumphant return home this past weekend as he set a new personal best in the hammer throw to claim the men’s open hammer throw title as part of Hammerama 2011 held at Curtis Corner Middle School.

A native of Providence, R.I., Lauro won the event on Sunday afternoon with a top mark of 223 feet in his series to finish exactly one foot ahead of the mark of 222-0 by Matt Lambley of Leeds, England.

Not only that, but Lauro moved ahead of former Tiger All-American Dave Paddison into the No. 2 spot in LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the men’s hammer throw. Lauro now trails only school-record holder and former NCAA champion Walter Henning (239-5) on LSU’s all-time list.

The Rhode Island product finished in scoring position for the first time in his collegiate career at the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships as he scored three points for the Tigers with his sixth-place finish in the hammer throw. Lauro set a previous personal record of 221-3 for his fourth throw of the competition on June 9 at the NCAA meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lauro must provide the scoring punch for the Tigers in the throws in 2012 as he will be the program’s top returning performer in the event area during his senior season.