Marshall, Harrison Take Pentathlon Individual Crowns

by Colin Gunther | Communications Student Assistant
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Marshall, Harrison Take Pentathlon Individual Crowns

Baton Rouge, La. – Tonea Marshall and JuVaughn Harrison won individual titles at the annual LSU Thanksgiving Pentathlon which was held on Tuesday afternoon at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse.  Marshall registered a total 309 points and Harrison scored 414 points to claim victory. 

The annual Thanksgiving Pentathlon is held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse and serves as a test for the track and field athletes.  The pentathlon is made up of five different events; the 30-meter dash, standing long jump, standing triple jump, between the legs forward shot put, and overhead backward shot throw.

While Harrison and Marshall claimed the individual titles, the two were also members of the squads that won the team titles.  The trio of Marshall (309 points), Amber Anning (294 points), and Milan Young (284 points) claimed the team title for the women.  On the men’s side, Harrison (414 points) was joined by Rayvon Grey (356 points) and freshman Jieem Bullock (339 points) on their way to the team title. 

The individual titles marked the second championship for JuVaughn Harrison and the first for Tonea Marshall.  Harrison won his first pentathlon title in 2018 beating out the defending champion, Christian Miller.  Harrison put together a very impressive performance this year as he won three of the five events.  He won the 30 meter dash with a time of 3.80, the standing long jump with a mark of 3.51 meters, and the standing triple jump with a distance of 10.64 meters.  Harrison improved his overall point total from last year by 26 points which was the highest increase on the men’s side. Marshall was the winner of the overhead backward shot throw with a distance of 17.65 meters, paving the way for her individual title.  Her total score of 309 points was 31 points higher than last year’s score which was the largest improvement on the team.   

Symone Mason tied the LSU Thanksgiving Pentathlon record for the time of 4.05 in the 30 meter dash.  The record was previously solely held by former standout and three-time national champion Mikah Brisco.  Amber Anning broke the previous record distance by a sprinter of 8.48 meters held by Jada Martin in the standing triple jump with her winning mark of 8.69 meters.  Mercy Abire, who narrowly finished second behind Marshall for the individual title, won the standing triple jump with a mark of 2.84 meters and the between the legs forward shot put with a throw of 15.62 meters.  Charles Lewis won the other two events for the men with his marks of 17.67 meters in the overhead backward shot throw and 16.73 meters in the between the legs forward shot put.  Lewis’s mark of 16.73 meters overtook his previous school record mark by a sprinter of 16.50 meters.     

The LSU Thanksgiving Pentathlon was a preview to what will come with the indoor track and field season that is set to begin in January.  The schedule for the upcoming indoor season is not available yet but can be seen at lsusports.net  once it becomes available. 

Individual Winners

Tonea Marshall – 309 points

Standing Triple Jump – 8.17 meters (53 points)

Standing Long Jump – 2.69 meters (50 points)

30 Meter Dash – 4.13 (77 points)

Overhead Backward Shot Throw – 17.65 (73 points)

Between the Legs Forward Shot Put – 15.58 meters (56 points)

JuVaughn Harrison – 414 points

Standing Triple Jump – 10.64 meters (94 points)

Standing Long Jump – 3.51 meters (91 points)

30 Meter Dash – 3.80 (96 points)

Overhead Backward Shot Throw – 17.56 meters (73 points)

Between the Legs Forward Shot Put – 16.10 meters (60 points)