Eight Track & Field Graduates Earn Degrees

Eight Track & Field Graduates Earn Degrees

BATON ROUGE – After wrapping up their collegiate careers last spring, school-record holder and former shot put All-American Tori Bliss and 11-time All-American sprinter Aaron Ernest headline eight LSU Track & Field athletes receiving their degrees as college graduates during Friday’s commencement exercises held across the LSU campus.

Bliss and Ernest both received their degrees in sport administration while taking part in the graduation ceremony for the College of Human Sciences & Education at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Joining the two LSU greats as graduates of the College of Human Sciences & Education were distance runner Elizabeth Dunning with her degree in elementary education and jumper Shanice Holmes with her degree in kinesiology. Intermediate hurdler Morgan Wells followed by receiving his degree in interdisciplinary studies in the ceremony for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences also held in the PMAC.

Multi-event athlete Therese Jernbeck and former distance runner Bryan Mutell both graduated from the E.J. Ourso College of Business as Jernbeck earned her undergraduate degree in international trade and finance and Mutell received his Master of Science in analytics. Also graduating Friday was sprinter Jalea Jackson  with her degree in theatre with a concentration in film and television from the College of Music & Dramatic Arts.

Bliss ended her collegiate career with the Lady Tigers following the 2015 season as one of the most decorated throwers in the program’s history. A three-time All-American in the shot put, Bliss went out as the school’s indoor record holder with a throw of 60 feet, 7 ¼ inches set in a runner-up finish at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships and outdoor record holder with a lifetime best of 60-8 set last spring. She was also crowned the 2015 SEC Indoor Champion while throwing a meet record 60-1 a season ago.

Ernest is one of the most decorated sprinters in the history of the Tiger program as his 11 career All-America honors currently ranks No. 4 on the school’s all-time list of honors. The 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champion in the 4×100-meter relay also achieved All-America status in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in his time with the Tigers.

Also a two-time SEC Indoor 200-meter champion, Ernest ended his collegiate career with personal bests of 6.67 in the 60 meters, 10.12 in the 100 meters and 20.53 indoors and 20.14 outdoors in the 200 meters.