T&F Hosts Home Finale - LSU Invitational
Baton Rouge, La. – The nationally ranked LSU track and field program will host its final home meet of the year on Saturday – the LSU Invitational. Eight LSU athletes that own top-10 NCAA marks will be in action including the likes of Rayvon Grey, the NCAA indoor long jump champion, and Tonea Marshall, the NCAA leader in the 100 meter hurdles. Admission is free for all fans at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
The meet will get started for LSU at 11 a.m. with decathlete RC Walbrook getting things going in the discus and Amy Stelly competing in the pole vault. The main portion of the meet will take place in a two-hour window from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Forty-nine athletes will see action while donning the Purple and Gold for the Tigers in the final home meet of the year that will see competition from Akron, Ole Miss, Alabama and UL-Lafayette. A full competition guide is linked above.
The list of LSU athletes competing that own top-10 NCAA marks is Rayvon Grey (long jump), Tonea Marshall (100m hurdles), Arthur Price (110m hurdles), 2018 World U20 champion Damion Thomas (110m hurdles), Sha’Carri Richardson (100 meters), Jaron Flournoy (100 meters), Jurnee Woodward (400 meter hurdles) and Christian Boyd (400 meter hurdles).
Marshall Clocks NCAA Leading 12.81
Running against a field mixed with professionals and top collegiate athletes, Tonea Marshall had the race of her career at last week’s LSU Alumni Gold. The junior from Arlington, Texas, shined bright and clocked a career-best readout of 12.81 seconds to win the race and beat 2015 world champion Danielle Williams. The time of 12.81 is an NCAA lead, No. 2 in the world for 2019, and ranks as the fifth fastest in the LSU record book.
🗣️ “Hard work. Determination. You can’t get too comfortable. You always have a way to improve.” – @ToneaAlexis_
— LSUTrackField (@LSUTrackField) April 24, 2019
LSU will be honoring the careers of 24 seniors on Saturday afternoon. The group of 22 will be recognized on the track during the women’s 5,000 meter run at 2:05 p.m. The 2019 seniors are Da’Quan Bellard, Hannah Bourque, Christian Boyd, Dajour Braxton, Chadd Burns, Heather Cizek, Zakiya Denoon, Ersula Farrow, Jaron Flournoy, Kortnei Johnson, Erika Lewis, Harrison Martingayle, Rachel Misher, Correion Mosby, Hollie Parker, Arthur Price, Allyson Seals, Savannah Sledd, Amy Stelly, Jahnoy Thompson, Kaitlyn Walker and Shayna Yon.
The LSU men’s track and field team has moved up to No. 2 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association ratings index that was released on Monday (April 22). The women check in at No. 8. It’s the highest ranking for the men since 2016.
Nationally Ranked Athletes
Entering the final regular season meet of the year, LSU has 11 athletes and three relays ranked inside the top 10 of the NCAA. Eight of those athletes registered their season best marks at last week’s Alumni Gold meet. A full list below details each athlete/relay that is ranked nationally.
4x100m Relay (Men) – Hislop, Vincent Jr., Peebles, Flournoy – 38.41 – No. 1
4x400m Relay (Men) – Camel, Kibet, Mosby, Terry – 3:02.88 – No. 1
Tonea Marshall – 100m Hurdles – 12.81 – No. 1
JuVaughn Harrison – Long Jump – 26′ 9.75” (8.17m) – No. 1
Jaron Flournoy – 200 Meters – 20.13 – No. 2
Sha’Carri Richardson – 100 Meters – 11.12 – No. 3
Jurnee Woodward – 400m Hurdles – 57.28 – No. 3
JuVaughn Harrison – High Jump – 7′ 4.25” (2.24m) – No. 3
Rayvon Grey – Long Jump – 26′ 5” (8.05m) – No. 4
4x100m Relay (Women) – Marshall, Augustine, Misher, Richardson – 43.47 – No. 4
Damion Thomas – 110m Hurdles – 13.58 – No. 6
Arthur Price – 110m Hurdles – 13.61 – No. 7
Mondo Duplantis – Pole Vault – 18′ 2.5” (5.55m) – No. 7
Jaron Flournoy – 100 Meters – 10.14 – No. 9
Christian Boyd – 400m Hurdles – 50.55 – No. 10
2019 LSU Top 10 Marks
Nine top-10 marks in the LSU record book have occurred this season. Six of those nine marks were registered at last weekend’s LSU Alumni Gold. JuVaughn Harrison and Mondo Duplantis both etched their name in the record book at the No. 3 slots in their respective events. Harrison cleared an outdoor personal best of 7′ 4.25” in the high jump and Duplantis went over 18′ 2.50” in the pole vault; one spot ahead of Mondo in the LSU record book is his father, Greg. The other top-10 marks that were achieved at the LSU Alumni Gold were by Julia Palin (5,000 meters/17:02.47/No. 4), Tonea Marshall (100m hurdles/12.81/No. 5), Abby O’Donoghue (high jump/5′ 11.25”/No. 6), and Hollie Parker (1,500 meters/4:23.32/No.10).
The other top-10 LSU marks this were Harrison in the long jump (No. 4/26′ 9.75”), Palin in the 10,000 meters (No.4/35:42.75) and the men’s 4×100 meter relay that went 38.41 for the fifth-fastest readout in program history.
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