Track & Field Splits to Tyson Invitational and Music City Challenge
Baton Rouge, La. – The nationally ranked LSU track and field program will split up to two different meets this weekend. A group of 30 athletes will compete at the Tyson Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark., while a crew of 11 will travel to Nashville for the Music City Challenge.
The LSU men (No. 2) and LSU women (No. 6) have moved up to their highest rankings of the year in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association that were released on Monday (February 8).
This will be a true test to see where the Tigers stand as it will serve as their last competition date before the SEC Championships take place February 25-27 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Tigers will be competing against a slew of ranked opponents. The short list includes No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 4 Texas, No. 7 Alabama, and No. 8 Florida on the women’s side and No. 1 Oregon, No. 3 Arkansas, No. 5 Florida State, No. 9 Texas, and No. 10 Florida on the men’s list.
JuVaughn Harrison will take to the long jump pit for the second time this season on Friday at 2:30 p.m. CT; he currently has the third-best long jump in the nation with a season best leap of 26′ 2.25″ (7.98 meters). NCAA top 10 hurdlers Damion Thomas (NCAA No. 3), Eric Edwards Jr. (NCAA No. 5), and Milan Young (NCAA No. 8) will be in action on Friday afternoon as well.
On Saturday Abigail O’Donoghue (NCAA No. 2) and Nyagoa Bayak (NCAA No. 9) will give it a go in the high jump, while other field competition will be highlighted by Sean Dixon-Bodie (NCAA No. 5/triple jump) and Aliyah Whisby (NCAA No. 7/long jump). Senior Terrance Laird will run his second 200 meter dash of the season; his season best of 20.61 ranks No. 4 in the NCAA. A full competition guide can be viewed above.
The group headed to Nashville consists of LSU throwers and distance runners. Monique Hardy (NCAA No. 4), Emma Robbins, Jon Nerdal, and Jake Norris (NCAA No. 10) will all compete in the weight throw on Friday. Alicia Stamey, Davis Bove, and Eric Coston will all run the mile on Friday before Jackson Martingayle caps the evening off in the 5,000 meter run at 8:40 p.m. CT.
On Saturday, Amber Hart will get the day going with the shot put at 12 p.m. CT. Lorena Rangel will run her second 800 meter race in an LSU uniform before the distance trio of Alicia Stamey, Davis Bove, and Eric Coston will close the meet out for LSU in the 3,000 meter run at 1:50 p.m. and 2:25 p.m. CT. A full competition guide can be viewed above.