Track & Field Hosts First of Three Consecutive Home Meets
Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU track and field team hosts its first of three consecutive home meets this Saturday with the Boots Garland Invitational on Saturday (April 17) at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
Bernie Moore Track Stadium will allow up to 2,800 fans to enter the meet, which is 50 percent capacity at the venue. Admission will be free of charge and spectators will be required to wear face masks in order to attend the meet. LSU Athletics remains committed to providing a safe atmosphere for student-athletes, staff, and fans.
Action officially gets underway at 9:30 a.m. CT on Saturday morning with the women’s discus at 9:30 a.m. CT; Amber Hart will represent LSU in the event. Events on the track are slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. CT with the women’s and men’s 4×100 meter relays. A full competition guide of LSU’s events can be viewed above.
LSU will be competing against the likes of Houston, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, South Alabama, Southern University, Tulane, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, and New Orleans.
What’s Been Up W/ LSU Track & Field
The Tigers enter the near halfway point of the outdoor season ranked as the No. 1 women’s team and No. 1 men’s team in the country currently. The women have held the top spot in all three editions of the USTFCCCA rankings releases, and the men have been in the top spot two of those three weeks.
The Tigers currently have four athletes on The Bowerman Watch List – the mid-outdoor edition that was released earlier this week. Tonea Marshall (six appearances), JuVaughn Harrison (seven appearances), Noah Williams (two appearances), and Terrance Laird (first appearance) are the four athletes on the watch list currently; it marks the first time in program history that the LSU men have had three men on the watch list concurrently.
LSU leads the nation with a whopping 25 NCAA top-10 marks that includes NCAA leads by Tonea Marshall (12.70w/100m hurdles), Damion Thomas (13.22/110m hurdles), Terrance Laird (19.81/200 meters) and the women’s 4×100 meter relay. LSU has won a total of six weekly SEC awards this outdoor season by a total of five athletes; Tonea Marshall is LSU’s only two-time weekly award recipient this season.
Two Tigers, Terrance Laird and Damion Thomas, have become top-10 performers in collegiate history after their performances at the Texas Relays in late March. Laird ran a sizzling 19.81 in the 200 meters to become the third fastest in NCAA history; that time is also a 2021 world lead. Thomas registered a massive PB of 13.22 in the finals of the 110 meter hurdles to win the event and check in at No. 10 in the all-time collegiate rankings.
Two school records have fallen this year as Thomas’ 13.22 is the fastest ever by an LSU hurdler and then Lisa Gunnarsson’s outdoor best clearance in an LSU uniform of 14′ 9″ (4.50 meters) makes her the school record holder outdoors.
In addition to those two school records, another 20 top-10 marks have been registered. Freshmen Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell, Amber Hart, and Shelby Spoor have inserted themselves into the LSU record book in two different disciplines. Burrell ranks 10th in LSU history in the 400 meters (45.42) and 400 meter hurdles (50.64), while Spoor is checks in at No. 6 in the 3,000 meters (9:47.53) and No. 9 in the 5,000 meters (17:19.99). Hart has throws of 51′ 5.75″ in the shot put and 172′ 8″ in the discus to rank sixth and seventh, respectively, in those disciplines.
The other athletes that have entered the top 10 list are Laird (200 meters), Rayvon Grey (long jump), Jon Nerdal (hammer throw), Tzuriel Pedigo (javelin), Eric Edwards Jr. (110m hurdles), Lorena Rangel (1,500 meters), Alia Armstrong (100m hurdles), Alicia Stamey (3,000m steeplechase), Sara Funderburk (3,000m steeplechase), Abigail O’Donoghue (high jump), Mercy Abire (long jump), Monique Hardy (hammer throw), and Emma Robbins (hammer throw). The men’s 4×400 meter relay of Dorian Camel, Sean Burrell, Tyler Terr, and Noah Williams clocked a 3:01.00 at the Texas Relays to rank sixth in school history. A full list of LSU top 10 marks can be viewed at lsusports.net.