Track & Field Opens Texas Relays With Quality Performances

by Aaron Hyder | Assistant Communications Director
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Track & Field Opens Texas Relays With Quality Performances

Austin, Texas  –  Four athletes etched their way into the LSU top 10 list in their respective events on Thursday at the Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Emma Robbins (hammer throw), Jon Nerdal (hammer throw), Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell (400 meters), and Tzuriel Pedigo (javelin) all registered the best throws/marks of their collegiate careers today.

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Robbins was one of the first LSU athletes in competition on Thursday. She collected a career best hammer throw of 202′ 3″ (61.65 meters) on her fifth attempt of the day; that mark earned her a fourth place finish and it is the third-best mark in LSU history. Nerdal registered his personal best right after Robbins with a heave of 226′ 5″ (68.59 meters) on his second attempt of the day. He was the top collegiate finisher and placed third overall behind two professionals in the event. Teammate Jake Norris placed fifth with a throw of 225′ (68.59 meters).

Burrell made a splash in his outdoor collegiate debut in the 400 meters. The freshman from Zachary, La., circled the track in a time of 45.42 to advance to Saturday’s finals in the event. It goes down as the 10th fastest time in LSU history and we are going to go out on a limb and say it’s the fastest time ever run by a Tiger in their outdoor debut as a true freshman.

Freshman Tzuriel Pedigo competed in the javelin throw for the second week in a row and had the best throw of his career with a toss of 231′ 1″ (70.43 meters) to place seventh in a field of collegians and professionals. Pedigo has already worked his way into the LSU top 10 with that mark of 231′ 1″ to rank seventh amongst all LSU javelin throwers. Andre Girouard and Eli Gaughan placed second and fifth respectively in the ‘B’ section of the javelin throw with personal bests. They ended their session on fire as both threw their best toss of the night in the sixth and final round; Girouard launched the javelin 220′ (67.06 meters) and Gaughan had a mark of 214′ 8″ (65.45 meters).

The distance crew had three runners notch personal bests over the distance of 1,500 meters. Alicia Stamey won the ‘B’ section of the event with a time of 4:28.89, which knocked off more than 11 seconds from her previous personal best. Davis Bove (3:47.69) and Eric Coston (3:49.63) ran in the ‘A’ section of the men’s event and took fourth and seventh, respectively.

The rest of the day featured qualifying in the track events. All of LSU’s advancers are listed below. Day two of the Texas Relays begins at 9:30 a.m. CT on Friday with Amber Hart in the shot put. A full list of LSU competitors can be viewed at the competition guide link above. Live coverage will air on the Longhorn Network starting at 1 p.m. CT on Friday.

Advancing To Finals
Amber Anning – 53.41 (400 Meters)
Kiya Oviosun – 54.45 (400 Meters)
Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell – 45.42 (400 Meters)
Brittley Humphrey – 58.56 (400m Hurdles)
Milan Young – 58.59 (400m Hurdles)
Leah Phillips – 58.60 (400m Hurdles)
Jurnee Woodward – 58.64 (400m Hurdles)
Thelma Davies – 23.40 (200 Meters)
Terrance Laird – 20.43 (200 Meters)
Akanni Hislop – 21.01 (200 Meters)

Results – Thursday
Monique Hardy – Hammer – 193′ 5″ (58.87 meters) – 4th Place
Ariyonna Augustine – 200 Meters – 23.85 – 18th Place
Alia Armstrong – 200 Meters – 24.60 – 37th Place
Dylan Peebles – 200 Meters – 21.06 – 11th Place
Charles Lewis – 200 Meters – 21.22 – 20th Place
Noel Baker – Javelin – 145′ 8″ (44.40 meters) – 13th Place
Adam Wise – 1,500 Meters – 3:56.66 – 12th Place
Jackson Martingayle – 10,000 Meters – 31:18.65 – 20th Place