Track & Field Announces Class of 2014: Jumps

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Track & Field Announces Class of 2014: Jumps

The LSU Track & Field program has signed an outstanding group of recruits to National Letters of Intent for the Class of 2014 that will compete for the first time next year. Thursday’s announcement is the fourth in a five-part series announcing the signing of the team’s jumps recruits for the 2015 season.

BATON ROUGE – The jumps group has played a vital role for the LSU Track & Field program in its quest for SEC and NCAA championships over the years, and the Lady Tigers have certainly strengthened their squad with two elite signings to National Letters of Intent as Thursday features the fourth in a five-part series announcing LSU’s Class of 2014.

The Lady Tigers’ fortunes in the jumps are in good hands for years to come with the signing of horizontal jumpers Bria Druilhet (Sugar Land, Texas) and Danielle Phillips (Cocoa, Fla.) as part of this year’s class.

While the Lady Tigers are set to lose senior All-Americans Keri Emanuel and Lynnika Pitts to graduation following the 2014 season, Druilhet and Phillips will join one of the nation’s premier freshmen in NCAA Indoor long jump finalist Nataliyah Friar in providing the squad a scoring punch in the long and triple jumps for years to come.

By announcing the signing of Druilhet and Phillips to National Letters of Intent on Thursday, they join an already outstanding recruiting Class of 2014 that has been announced by the LSU Track & Field program following sprinters Mikiah Brisco (Baton Rouge, La.), Aleia Hobbs (New Orleans, La.) and Oksana Lawrence (Dayton, Ohio) on Monday; hurdlers Daeshon Gordon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Kymber Payne (Compton, Calif.) on Tuesday; and distance runners Carley Boyce (Covington, La.), Rebecca Little (Austin, Texas) and Tommy Brocato (Hammond, La.) on Wednesday.

“Our goal each season is competing for and winning SEC and NCAA team championships, and to do that, it’s important to have the quality depth across all of the event areas to score points at the championship meets,” said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. “We feel like we’ve addressed that certainly in the jumps with this year’s recruiting class to go along with what our team returns for next season.

“We’re excited that Bria Druilhet and Danielle Phillips will soon be Lady Tigers. They’re already very accomplished at the high school level, and we know they will be able to reach their full potential with us at LSU.”

Druilhet comes from purple and gold bloodlines as her father, Anthony Druilhet, Sr., was a three-year letterwinner with the Tigers from 1985-87 as one of LSU’s top sprinters. Anthony Druilhet, Sr., still ranks among the school’s all-time Top 10 sprinters in the 55-meter dash indoors with his career-best time of 6.25 seconds run in 1986.

A product of Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas, Bria Druilhet is one of the top triple jump prospects at the high school level in the United States among the Class of 2014.

Druilhet is the reigning Texas Class 5A state champion and Texas Relays champion in the girls’ triple jump following a breakout junior season in 2013. After winning the event title at the 2013 Texas Relays with her wind-aided mark of 40 feet, 7 ¾ inches, Druilhet added her first career state championship with a winning wind-aided mark of 40-11 ½ at the 2013 University Interscholastic League Class 5A Outdoor State Championships held at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin.

Druilhet set her wind-legal personal best of 40-5 ½ in her series at the Texas Relays, while she also jumped a career-best wind-aided mark of 41-1 in a regular-season meet hosted by Cypress Springs High School for her junior season in 2013. Druilhet is also a former young women’s gold medalist in the triple jump after jumping a wind-legal 39-1 ¾ at the 2012 USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

She ended her junior season in 2013 as the No. 10-ranked triple jumper nationally under all conditions and the No. 5-ranked triple jumper in the Class of 2014 with her wind-aided PR of 41-1. In addition, Druilhet owns a career-best all conditions mark of 19-0 ¾ in the long jump that she posted in earning a fifth-place finish in the event at the 2013 UIL Class 5A Outdoor State Championships.

Phillips signs a National Letter of Intent with the Lady Tigers as an outstanding prospect in both the jumps and hurdles in the wake of a brilliant prep career at Rockledge Senior High School in Cocoa, Fla.

After winning the Florida Class 2A state championship in the triple jump as a sophomore in 2012, Phillips swept Class 2A state silver medalist in both the 100-meter hurdles (14.10) and long jump (19-2 ½) during the 2013 Florida Class 2A Outdoor State Championships to cap her junior season a year ago. Phillips’ runner-up time of 14.10 seconds in the 100 hurdles is a wind-legal personal best in the event.

Phillips recorded a wind-aided PR of 20-5 ½ in winning the long jump title at the 2013 Cape Coast Conference Championships, a mark that earned her a No. 5 national ranking under all conditions at the prep level among all high school classifications and a No. 2 national ranking among members of the Class of 2014. She posted a 2012 seasonal-best wind-legal mark of 19-11 ½ in winning the Region 3-2A Championships as a sophomore.

Thursday’s announcement of LSU’s jumps recruits is the fourth in a five-part series as the program announces its recruiting Class of 2014 this week. The LSU Tigers and Lady Tigers will wrap up their week-long recruiting roundup by announcing an outstanding group of throwers ready to join the squad as true freshmen for the 2015 season.