Track & Field Hosts Battle on the Bayou

by Aaron Hyder | Assistant Communications Director
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Track & Field Hosts Battle on the Bayou

Baton Rouge, La.  –  The LSU track and field team will host the Battle on the Bayou Saturday (April 3) at  Bernie Moore Track Stadium. It’s the first of four home meets that the Tigers will host over the next five weeks.

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Amber Hart will be the first Tiger in action as she competes in the women’s discus at 9:30 a.m. CT. The meet starts at the aforementioned time of 9:30 a.m. and runs all the way to 3:35 p.m. with the 4×400 meter relay. The running events are scheduled for a 1 p.m. start with the women’s and men’s 4×100 meter relay. You can view LSU’s competition guide at the link above.

LSU will be hosting Northwestern State, UL Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Xavier University, and Southern University. LSU Athletics will allow fans for the meet and all the guidelines/protocols can be viewed at lsusports.net.

A couple of openers to keep your eyes on Saturday will be Tyler Terry (400 meters), Symone Mason (200 meters), Favour Ofili (200 meters), and Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell (400 meter hurdles). Terry owns a personal best of 45.09 that he ran back in 2017 at the USA Track and Field Championships; the fastest 400 meter time he has run in an LSU uniform is 45.84 back in 2019.

Mason and Ofili will look to go sub 23 in the 200 meters; Mason enters with a PR of 23 flat in the event and Ofili’s outdoor PR in the event is a 23.24. Ofili can definitely go faster than that 23.24 as she clocked a 22.75 indoors to become the third fastest runner in LSU history over that distance. Mason also owns an indoor PR of 22.76 that ranks fourth all time at LSU.

Burrell will make his collegiate debut in the 400 meter hurdles. He’s already turned heads with the 10th fastest time in LSU history in the 400 meters, a 45.42 that he ran last week at the Texas Relays.

The Bowerman

LSU has three athletes currently on The Bowerman Watch List. The Bowerman is awarded annually to the top female and top male collegiate track and field athlete each December. Tonea Marshall (5x) and JuVaughn Harrison (6x) have been on the list for a while, and Noah Williams made his watch list debut last week. Marshall will be competing in the 4×100 meter relay, 100 meters, and 200 meters on Saturday, and Williams will be running the 4×100 meter relay and 200 meters.

National Rankings

The LSU women and men open the outdoor season as the No. 1 ranked teams in the nation. It marks the first time since the 2008 outdoor season that both of LSU’s squads have been ranked No. 1 simultaneously outdoors. A list of LSU’s athletes that rank inside the top 10 nationally can be viewed below.
Terrance Laird – No. 1 – 200 Meters (19.81)
Tonea Marshall – No. 1 – 100m Hurdles (12.75)
Damion Thomas – No. 1 – 110m Hurdles (13.22)
Jurnee Woodward – No. 1 – 400m Hurdles (56.64)
Women’s 4x100m Relay – 42.87
Abigail O’Donoghue – No. 1 – High Jump (6′ 2″/1.88m)*
Thelma Davies – No. 2 – 100 Meters (11.21)
Alia Armstrong – No. 2 – 100m Hurdles (12.85)
Milan Young – No. 2 – 400m Hurdles (56.94)
Lisa Gunnarsson – No. 2 – Pole Vault (14′ 9″/4.50m)
Jake Norris – No. 2 – Hammer Throw (227′ 1″/69.21m)*
Men’s 4x100m Relay – No. 2 – 38.70*
Men’s 4x400m Relay – No. 2 – 3:01.00*
Thelma Davies – No. 3 – 200 Meters (22.89)
Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell – No. 4 – 400 Meters (45.42)
Brittley Humphrey – No. 4 – 400m Hurdles (57.54)*
Jon Nerdal – No. 4 – Hammer Throw (226′ 6″/69.03m)*
Women’s 4x400m Relay – No. 4 – 3:32.28*
Milan Young – No. 5 – 100m Hurdles (13.06)
Eric Edwards Jr. – No. 6- 110m Hurdles (13.56)
Amber Anning – No. 7 – 400 Meters (52.08)
Mercy Abire Matanmi – No. 8 – Long Jump (20′ 11.75″/6.39m)
Sean Dixon-Bodie – No. 8 – Triple Jump (52′ 7.50″/16.04m)
Leah Phillips – No. 10 – 400m Hurdles (58.19)
Rayvon Grey – No. 10 – Long Jump (25′ 5.50″/7.76m)*
*athletes with a asterisk next to their name are competing in those events on Saturday