Outdoor Season Commences For Track & Field
Baton Rouge, La. – One week after taking home two team trophies at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships, the LSU track and field program will kick off its 2021 outdoor season with a trip to Lafayette on Friday and Saturday for the Louisiana Classics. The meet will take place at the Ragin’ Cajuns Track/Soccer Facility.
The two-day meet begins on Friday for LSU with Noel Baker in the javelin throw at 3 p.m. CT. Andre Girouard and Tzuriel Pedigo will follow up Baker in the men’s javelin throw at 5 p.m. Amber Hart will throw the discus for the first time in her LSU career, and then the 5k trio of Adele Broussard, Ashley LaJocies, and Virginia Dirks will close out day one with at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s action begins with the men’s hammer at 10 a.m. with the trio of Jon Nerdal, Jake Norris, and Luke Witte. The running events are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. with the women’s 4×100 meter relay. As always, a full competition guide for LSU can be viewed above.
LSU will be competing against UL-Lafayette, McNeese, New Orleans, Nicholls State, UL-Monroe, Dillard, Lamar, and Barton County Community College. Forty-two LSU athletes are scheduled to compete in individual events plus a handful of others that might run the relays. Of those 42 individuals, 25 will be making their LSU outdoor debuts.
LSU returns a number of athletes who did not or were not able to compete indoors for Tigers. Tonea Marshall, Mercy Abire Matanmi, Noel Baker, Brittley Humphrey, Katy-Ann McDonald, TJ Bleichner, Rayvon Grey, Akanni Hislop, Raymond Kibet, Christian Miller, Dylan Peebles, Arthur Price, Tzuriel Pedigo, Andre Girouard, and Tyler Terry will all suit up for LSU outdoors.
Marshall, a current member on The Bowerman Watch List, headlines that group and had the fourth fastest 60 meter hurdle time in the world this indoor season with a time of 7.86 while competing unattached. Rayvon Grey was the 2019 NCAA indoor national champion in the long jump; Grey’s exploits combined with JuVaughn Harrison’s credentials makes them the most lethal long jump duo in the country.
Humphrey (3x), Hislop (3x), Peebles(2x), Terry (2x), McDonald (1x) and Matanmi (1x) have all previously won All-America awards. Price earned honorable mention All-America honors at the end of the 2019 outdoor season and triple jumper Christian Miller was the 2019 SEC champion in his event. Raymond Kibet will help LSU’s long sprints and was a 2016 Rio Olympian representing his home country of Kenya.