T&F Hits Road for First Time in 2020
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU track and field program will travel to Lubbock, Texas to compete in the Corky Classic at the Sports Performance Center on Saturday, Jan. 18. In addition to the Corky Classic, junior pole vaulter and NCAA leader, Lisa Gunnarsson, will be competing at the 2020 Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev., on Friday evening.
Forty-one LSU track and field athletes (22 women & 19 men) will make the trip to Texas. LSU will start at 11:00 a.m. CT Saturday with Emma Robbins in the weight throw and the track competitions will begin an hour later at 12:00 p.m. CT. The final race of the day will be the men’s 4×400 meter which is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. CT. A full competition guide can be viewed above. Gunnarsson is scheduled to compete at the Pole Vault Summit on Friday evening at 9 p.m. CT. Results can be found at polevaultsummit.com.
NCAA Top-10 Marks
Twelve Tigers registered a NCAA top-10 marks in the season opener at the Purple Tiger Invitational on Jan. 10. The 12 top-10 national marks were highlighted by three NCAA bests; Rayvon Grey’s long jump of 26′ 4.50″ (8.04 meters), Lisa Gunnarsson’s clearance of 14′ 7.25″ (4.45 meters) in the pole vault, and Abby O’Donoghue’s high jump of 6′ 0.50″ (1.84 meters) were all NCAA bests. All three athletes with NCAA leads for LSU were honored by the SEC as athletes of the week on Wednesday (Jan. 15). The other nine NCAA top-10 marks are listed below.
Tonea Marshall – No. 2 – 60m Hurdles – 8.10
Mercy Abire – No. 3 – Long Jump – 20′ 5.25″ (6.23m)
Brittley Humphrey – No. 4 – 60m Hurdles – 8.19
Eric Edwards Jr. – No. 5 – 60m Hurdles – 7.75
Jake Norris – No. 5 – Weight Throw – 70′ 1.5″ (21.37m)
Alia Armstrong – No. 7 – 60m Hurdles – 8.24
JuVaughn Harrison – No. 7 – Long Jump – 25′ 0.5″ (7.63m)
Thelma Davies – No. 8 – 60m – 7.30
Damion Thomas – No. 9 – 60m Hurdles – 7.79
LSU Top-10 Marks
Three LSU track and field athletes made their way into or improved upon their prior bests on the LSU top-10 list in their respective events in the season opener. Abby O’Donoghue moved into sole possession of the fifth best clearance in the high jump at 6′ 0.50″ (1.84 meters) in the history of LSU track and field. Eric Edwards Jr. and Emma Robbins both etched their way into the LSU top 10 in their debut competitions for the Purple and Gold. Edwards Jr.’s time of 7.75 in the 60m hurdles is the seventh fastest in LSU history, and Robbin’s distance of 70′ 1.5″ (18.89 meters) in the weight throw is the fourth best in school history.
The 2019 preseason U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings came out on Jan. 8. The LSU men began the season ranked No. 2 in the land, while the women’s squad checked in at No. 16. The rankings will next be updated on Jan. 27.
JuVaughn Harrison was one of 10 men named to The Bowerman preseason watch list on Jan. 7. Harrison is a two-time national champion, two-time SEC champion and three-time All-American after his first two seasons of competition in Baton Rouge. The long and lanky, multi-talented jumper became the first man in NCAA history to sweep the high jump and long jump national titles in NCAA history last June. Harrison opened up the 2020 indoor track and field season with a seventh-best NCAA long jump mark of 25′ 0.50″ (7.63 meters). He will be competing in the high jump on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Harrison cleared 7′ 5.25″ (2.27 meters) at the 2019 Corky Classic.
LSU will be competing against Angelo State, Colby, Eastern New Mexico, Garden City, Georgia Tech, Hardin-Simmons, Houston, Lubbock Christian, New Mexico Jr College, New Mexico State, South Plains, Tarleton, Texas A&M-Commerce, Texas Tech, Univ of Southwest, UTEP, Wayland Baptist, and West Texas A&M.