Woo Pig Classic Up Next For Track and Field
Baton Rouge, La. – LSU track and field will take its first of four trips on the indoor schedule to Fayetteville, Ark., this Friday (January 22) for the Woo Pig Classic. The meet will be streamed on WatchESPN starting at 2 p.m. CT.
Woo Pig Classic
The Tigers will take a squad of 29 athletes to Fayetteville for the second meet of the season. Fayetteville is the host site for the 2021 SEC and NCAA indoor championships in track and field. 2020 SEC champion Terrance Laird will be making his 2021 season debut over the 200 meters which is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT on Friday. Symone Mason, the third-fastest sprinter over 200 meters indoors at LSU, will also run her season opening 200 meter race at 4:40 p.m.; she ran a PR of 22.76 at the 2020 SEC Indoor Championships.
LSU’s first athlete in competition will be at Serena Bolden in the women’s long jump at 11:15 a.m. CT. The Tigers will compete all day before closing with the women’s and men’s 4×400 meter relay at 5:40 and 5:55 p.m. CT, respectively. A full competition guide can be viewed above.
NCAA Top 10 Marks
LSU had 10 athletes register national marks that ranked inside the top 10 of their respective events at the season opening Purple Tiger last Saturday. Milan Young (60 meter hurdles) and Lisa Gunnarsson (pole vault) took early season NCAA leads in their disciplines. Young clocked a PR of 8.17 in the 60 meter hurdles to win the event, and Gunnarsson broke her own LSU school record with a clearance of 14′ 10″ (4.52 meters) in the pole vault. Other LSU athletes currently ranked inside the top 10 of the NCAA are listed below:
*Damion Thomas – No. 2 – 60m Hurdles – 7.82
*Abigail O’Donoghue – No. 2 – High Jump – 6′ 0.5″ (1.84m)
JuVaughn Harrison – No. 2 – Long Jump – 26′ 2.25″ (7.98m)
*Ji’eem Bullock – No. 7 – Long Jump – 24′ 10″ (7.57m)
*Jon Nerdal – No. 8 – Weight Throw – 67′ 11″ (20.70m)
*Alia Armstrong – No. 8 – 60m Hurdles – 8.32
*Monique Hardy – No. 9 – Weight Throw – 67′ 4.75″ (20.54m)
Davis Bove – No. 10 – 800 Meters – 1:51.54
*Will be competing in same event on Friday
LSU Top 10 Marks
Three new updates were added to the LSU record book after opening weekend. Gunnarsson cleared the highest bar she ever has in an LSU uniform with a clearance of 14′ 10″ (4.52 meters) to break her previous indoor school record of 14′ 9.50″ (4.51 meters) that she set in 2019.
Monique Hardy and Jon Nerdal, who were both making their LSU debuts, entered the list with quality marks. Hardy launched a weight throw of 67′ 4.75″ (20.54 meters) on the second throw of her collegiate career to move into the No. 3 spot on the LSU all-time list. Nerdal, a transfer from the University of Minnesota, registered a weight throw heave of 67′ 11″ (20.70 meters) to crack the top 10 at LSU in the No. 8 slot.
All three of these athletes will be back in action on Friday at the Woo Pig Classic.
SEC Athlete of the Week
JuVaughn Harrison was named the SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week on Tuesday. His season opening long jump of 26′ 2.25″ (7.98 meters) was the furthest in the SEC, ranks No. 2 in the NCAA, and third on the world list for the 2021 season.
LSU will be competing against Kentucky, Oklahoma State, USC, Texas, and Arkansas.