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Bove Sets School Record With Sub Four Minute Mile at Music City Challenge

by Aaron Hyder | Assistant Communications Director
Bove Sets School Record With Sub Four Minute Mile at Music City Challenge

Nashville, Tenn. –  Davis Bove took down a 26-year old school record in the mile on Friday night at the Music City Challenge in Nashville with a time of 3:57.49. He broke Passmore Furusa’s previous school record of 3:58.77 that was set back in 1995.

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Bove entered a loaded field at the Music City Challenge in the men’s mile on Friday night. Bove, a native of Franklin, Tenn., was running in his home state on the campus of Vanderbilt as he set the LSU school record. Bove, a sophomore, came to LSU with a personal best of 4:06.28 in the mile and has already lowered that by almost 10 seconds within his first two years in Baton Rouge.

His time of 3:57.49 is the fastest ever in LSU history and ranks as the eighth fastest in the NCAA this season. Last year as a freshman, Bove became LSU’s first scorer in the mile run at the SEC Championships since 2010. Eric Coston also clocked a personal best in the mile on Friday night with a time 4:06.13 to place 12th.

Jon Nerdal, a transfer from Minnesota, registered a huge personal best heave of 72′ 11.75″ (22.24 meters) for the win in the weight throw; that mark ranks No. 3 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the LSU record book. In the women’s weight throw, Monique Hardy (71′ 1.50″/21.83 meters) and Emma Robbins (PR/67′ 3.25″/20.50 meters) finished fourth and fifth respectively in the event. The personal best by Robbins is the fourth best throw in LSU history.

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LSU had strong showings in the long jump from Aliyah Whisby and JuVaughn Harrison. Whisby registered a personal best of 21′ 4.75″ (6.52 meters) on her sixth and final jump of the event to capture the silver medal. The mark ranks No. 3 in LSU history and is the fifth best in the NCAA this season. Harrison collected silver just like Whisby with a season best leap of 26′ 6.50″ (8.09 meters); the mark for Harrison is the second best in the NCAA this season.

Damion Thomas (7.69) and Eric Edwards Jr. (7.71) both registered season bests in the finals of the 60 meter hurdles en route to second and third-place showings to round out LSU’s podium finishes at the meet on Friday. In the 3,000 meter run, freshman Ashley LaJocies set a big personal best with a time of 9:55.22 which is the eighth fastest time in LSU history, and Will Dart PR’d with a time of 8:35.85 on the men’s side. Kenny Odinet III PR’d in the men’s pole vault with a clearance of 16′ 10.75″ (5.15 meters) to take fifth.

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