LSU Wraps Up the Regular Season with the LSU Twilight
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU track and field program will host its second and final indoor meet of the season on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse in Baton Rouge. The day will begin with the men’s weight throw starting at 11:30 a.m. CT. A full list of LSU athletes competing can be viewed at the competition guide linked below.
The fifth edition of the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association rankings were released on Monday. The women’s squad made the jump from No. 6 to No. 1 while the men’s team remains at No. 2. The women’s team is ranked first in the country for the first time since 2013. LSU is only program in the country with both the men’s and women’s team ranked in the top five.
LSU will host many local track and field programs to compete in the LSU Twilight indoor meet. LSU will be joined by schools such as Tulane, Southeastern, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, along with a few others. This will be LSU’s final regular season meet before they travel to College Station, Texas on Feb 28-29 to compete in the SEC Championships. Thirty-four LSU track and field athletes (23 women, 11 men) are scheduled to compete on Friday.
Alex Wilson Invitational
LSU will send a men’s 4×400 relay squad to the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend. Ind. to compete on Saturday. The foursome of Dorian Camel, Raymond Kibet, Dylan Peebles, and Tyler Terry will run at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday afternoon.
NCAA Top-10 Marks
LSU has 16 athletes and one relay team that are currently ranked inside the top ten of their events in the NCAA this season. Of the 16, 13 of the athletes either entered the top-ten or improved upon a top ten mark this past weekend. Junior runner Terrance Laird recorded the fastest time (20.43) in the world and NCAA this season with his winning performance in the 200 meter dash. The Coatesville, Pa. native was honored by the SEC with the Men’s Runner of the Week for his record setting performance. Like Laird, freshman Thelma Davies entered the NCAA top ten list in the 200 meter dash. Davies ran a time of 22.80 which is ranked as the second fastest time in the NCAA this season and the top time for a freshman. Davies was awarded the SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive meet for her gold medal performance at the Tyson Invitational.
Two Tigers improved upon their NCAA top ten mark in the high jump competition this weekend. Abby O’Donoghue improved upon her career best clearance in the high jump with a mark of 6′ 2.25″ (1.89 meters). O’Donoghue’s clearance currently sits at No. 2 in the NCAA this season. JuVaughn Harrison was the other athlete to improve his top ten mark in the high jump as he recorded a clearance of 7′ 5.75″ (2.28 meters) to rank No. 3 in the NCAA. The Bowerman Watchlist nominee also registered the second longest leap in the long jump event this season with his winning mark of 26′ 7.25″ (8.11 meters). Freshman Alia Armstrong entered the NCAA top ten list in the 60 meter hurdles with her second place time of 7.95. Her time ranks as the No. 2 time in the country, only trailing fellow teammate Tonea Marshall. Marshall and Armstrong are the only two runners in the NCAA to run a sub eight second time in the event. The other top-10 national marks/times by LSU athletes are listed below:
Tonea Marshall – No. 1 – 60 meter Hurdles – 7.88@ – Corky Classic
Eric Edwards Jr. – No. 3 – 60 meter Hurdles – 7.61 – Tyson Invitational
Mercy Abire – No. 3 – Long Jump – 21′ 1.50″ (6.44 meters) – Corky Classic
Rayvon Grey – No. 3 – Long Jump – 26′ 6.50 (8.09 meters) – Razorback Invitational
Lisa Gunnarsson – No. 5 – Pole Vault – 14′ 7.25″ (4.45 meters) – Purple Tiger Invitational
Katy-Ann McDonald – No. 6 – 800 Meter Run – 2:04.59 – Tyson Invitational
Amber Anning – No. 6 – 400 Meters – 52.22 – Tyson Invitational
Nyagoa Bayak – No. 6 – High Jump – 5′ 11.5″ (1.82 meters) – Tyson Invitational
Akanni Hislop – No. 8 – 200 Meters – 20.82 – Tyson Invitational
4×400 Meter Relay – No. 8 – Oviosun, Anning, Mason, Humphrey -3:32.87 – Tyson Invitational
Damion Thomas – No. 9 – 60 meter Hurdles – 7.68 – Tyson Invitational
Tyler Terry – No. 9 – 400 Meter Run – 46.21 – Tyson Invitational
@times converted for NCAA qualifying purposes because they were ran at altitude
LSU Top-10 Marks
Nineteen LSU athletes have either improved upon or made their way into the LSU top-10 lists this season with twelve of those coming in the Tyson Invitational. Abby O’Donoghue broke the LSU school record for the second time in as many meets with her clearance of 6′ 2.75 (1.89 meters), but registered a better mark during the team’s second trip to Fayetteville, Ark. O’Donoghue’s clearance of 6′ 2.75″ (1.89m) replaces her previous mark of 6′ 2″ (1.88 meters) as the top performance in LSU history in the event. Nyagoa Bayak also recorded an LSU top-ten mark at the Tyson Invitational in the high jump as she cleared a height of 5′ 11.5″ (1.82m) to place second in the event as well as sixth in school history. Eric Edwards Jr.’s time of 7.61 in the 60 meter hurdles was good enough to rank as the third best time in school history. Alia Armstrong registered a top ten performance in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.95 to rank third in LSU history. Armstrong’s readout is also the top time for a freshman in the history of the program. Terrance Laird, the SEC Men’s Runner of the Week, added to his name to LSU record book – the 60 meters (6.66/ No.8) and the 200 meters (20.43/ No. 2). JuVaughn Harrison registered an LSU top ten performance in both the high jump and long jump. His clearance of 7′ 5.75″ (2.28m) in the high jump ranks as the second best mark in school history, whereas his leap of 26′ 7.25″ (8.11m) is the fourth longest jump in the history of LSU. Thelma Davies registered the third best time in school history (22.80) in the 200 meter dash. Finally, Amber Anning entered the LSU top ten list with a time of 52.22 to rank third in LSU history. Other top-10 LSU marks registered in 2020 below:
Tonea Marshall – No. 1 – 60m Hurdles – 7.86@ – Corky Classic
Emma Robbins – No. 4 – Weight Throw – 61′ 11.75″ (18.89 meters) – Purple Tiger Invitational
Mercy Abire – No. 4 – Long Jump – 21′ 1.50″ (6.44 meters) – Corky Classic
Akanni Hislop – No. 5 – 60m Dash – 6.65@ – Corky Classic
Rayvon Grey – No. 5 – Long Jump – 26′ 6.50″ (8.09 meters) – Razorback Invitational
Julia Palin – No. 5 – 3,000m – 9:46.99 – Razorback Invitational
Davis Bove – No. 7 – Mile – 4:03.97 – David Hemery Valentine Invitational
Dylan Peebles – No. 8 – 60m Dash – 6.66@ – Corky Classic
Katy-Ann McDonald – No. 9 – 800 Meters – 2:04.59 – Iowa State Classic
Arthur Price – No. 9 – 60m Hurdles – 7.81 – Razorback Invitational
Amber Hart – No. 10 – Shot Put – 47′ 1.75″ (14.37 meters) – MLK Jr. Invitational
@times ran at altitude
Tonea Marshall was named to the February edition of the Bowerman Watch List on Feb. 5 marking her first appearance on the watch list. Marshall has put together an impressive season thus far as she holds the NCAA lead for the top time in the 60 meter hurdles. The senior phenom ran a time of 7.86 at altitude at the Corky Classic in January. Marshall was awarded the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week as well as the SEC Runner of the Week for her NCAA leading performance. She would go on to win the SEC Runner of the Week again for her winning time of 7.92 in the 60 meter hurdles at the Razorback Invitational. In the Tiger’s most recent meet, the Tyson Invitational, Marshall competed in the 60 meter hurdles, winning the event with a time of 7.89. With that time, Marshall became one of three runners in NCAA history to run a sub eight second time in the 60 meter hurdles multiple times in a season. The time would also rank second in the NCAA only trailing her personal best time of 7.86. She has recorded a sub eight second time in five straight races in the 60 meter hurdles.
JuVaughn Harrison was one of 10 men named to The Bowerman watch list on Feb. 6. Harrison, a junior from Huntsville, Ala., 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 long jump of 25′ 0.50″ (7.63 meters) at the Purple Tiger Invitational for silver. Harrison followed up his season debut in the long jump with another outstanding performance as he won the men’s high jump with a clearance of 7′ 5″ (2.26 meters) at the Corky Classic. He leaped out to a season best long jump of 25′ 3.25″ (7.70 meters) at the MLK Jr. Invitational to place third. Harrison registered a leap of 25′ 1.75″ (7.66 meters) to place fourth at the Razorback Invitational. He continued his strong indoor season this past weekend with victories in both the high jump and long jump. Harrison registered a personal best in the high jump competition with a clearance 7′ 5.75″ (2.28m) which ranks as the third best mark in the NCAA this season as well as the second best mark in school history. Harrison also won the long jump competition with a personal best leap of 26′ 7.25″ (8.11m). His performance in the long jump stands as the second best mark in the NCAA and fourth in school history.