Track & Field Holds Annual Team Pentathlon

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Track & Field Holds Annual Team Pentathlon

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Track & Field program continued its annual Thanksgiving tradition on Tuesday afternoon as it wrapped up the fall training season by playing host to its annual team pentathlon inside the Carl Maddox Field House with the end of the fall semester just weeks away and Christmas break around the corner.

The annual LSU Track & Field Team Pentathlon is held the Tuesday before Thanksgiving each fall, while pitting the program’s sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers against one another in a competition boasting the five events such as the 30-meter dash, standing long jump, standing triple jump, between the legs forward shot throw and overhead backward shot throw.

Sophomore jumper Christian Miller won the men’s pentathlon title for the second-straight year, while sophomore sprinter Cassondra Hall turned the tables on 2017 NCAA 100-meter champion Mikiah Brisco to capture the women’s title after finishing runner-up to Brisco as a freshman last fall.

Miller and Hall led the men’s jumpers and women’s sprinters and hurdlers to this year’s event-group titles as the top-three scorers in each event group were factored into the overall team scoring.

Miller totaled 374 points for the men’s individual title after winning the pentathlon during his freshman season with 352 points a year ago. In his victory, Miller scored bests of 89 points with a time of 3.95 seconds in the 30-meter dash and 86 points with a mark of 11 feet, 2 ¼ inches in the standing long jump. He added 83 points with a mark of 32-9 in the standing triple jump, 62 points with a throw of 53-7 in the overhead backward shot throw and 55 points with a throw of 50-8 in the between the legs forward shot throw.

Fellow jumper Da’Quan Bellard finished runner-up in the competition for the second year running with 351 total points between the five events, while sprinter Chris Lewis followed in third place with 342 points.

Hall set the women’s sophomore class record with her winning total of 312 points as she racked up 75 points with another sophomore record of 58-9 ¼ in the overhead backward shot throw and 74 points with a time of 4.17 in the 30-meter dash. Hall set another class record with a toss of 53-8 ¼ for 63 points in the between the legs forward shot throw, while adding 59 points with a jump of 9-4 ¾ in the standing long jump and 42 points with a mark of 24-9 ¼ in the standing triple jump.

While coming up short in defense of her pentathlon title, Brisco broke the long-standing 30-meter dash record of 4.06 first set by former Lady Tiger NCAA Champion Cheryl Taplin in 1993 with a blistering run of 4.05 that highlighted Tuesday’s action. Brisco surrendered her title while totaling 302 points, while Shayna Yon rounded out the women’s medalists in third place with 279 points.

Miller (374), Bellard (351) and freshman Rayvon Grey (321) helped the men’s jumpers retain their group title as they totaled 1,046 points on the day. The men’s sprinters and hurdlers were runners-up for the day after Lewis (342), junior Jaron Flournoy (326) and sophomore Akanni Hislop (325) accounted for 993 points.

Hall (312), Brisco (302) and Yon (279) swept the medals to hand the sprinters and hurdlers the women’s group title, while seniors Danielle Phillips (244) and Bria Druilhet (242) combined with freshman Kyndal McKnight (222) for a runner-up score of 708 points for the jumpers in the women’s competition.