T&F Hosts LSU Alumni Gold on Friday and Saturday
Baton Rouge, La. – Fans can expect an action packed weekend for the No. 1 ranked women’s and men’s LSU track and field teams as they host the LSU Alumni Gold this Friday and Saturday at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium. Admission to the meet on both days is free and COVID protocols will allow for up to 2,800 fans to enter the facility.
Nationally ranked teams, professionals, Olympians – you name it, this meet will have it. Friday’s action will feature only the men’s and women’s hammer throw. The men’s hammer will compete at 12 p.m. and be followed by the women’s hammer at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Action on Saturday gets going at 10 a.m., and the 4×100 meter relays on Saturday start at 1:30 p.m. sharp. Teams in attendance include Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama, Akron, Auburn, Baylor, and Colorado.
LSU will have a whopping 18 athletes who are ranked in the top 10 of the NCAA competing in their feature events. Tonea Marshall (100m hurdles), Damion Thomas (110m hurdles), and Terrance Laird (200 meters) are all the current NCAA leaders and will be competing in their main events – a detailed time schedule can be viewed at the competition guide link above. Marshall owns a season best of 12.70 that was slightly wind aided, and Thomas, the 2021 NCAA indoor champion, became the 10th fastest hurdler in collegiate history in late March with a personal best of 13.22. Laird will be running the 200 for the first time since late March when he dipped below the 20 second mark with a world leading time of 19.81 seconds to become the third fastest collegian in history.
Two other stars to keep your eye on Saturday will be Favour Ofili and Noah Williams in the 400 meters. Ofili, who already owns the No. 1 time in the NCAA this year in the 200 meters, will run her first ever open 400 meter race outdoors for LSU, and Williams will do the same. Williams split 43.77 earlier this year on a 4×400 meter relay, which is really fast, and he won the 2021 NCAA indoor title in the 400 meters in a time of 44.71 which was the fourth fastest time in world history. Ofili’s personal best in the 400 meters is a 51.51 that she ran at the 2019 World Championships while representing Nigeria.
Four-time national champion JuVaughn Harrison will be opening up in the long jump outdoors for the first time this season along with fellow teammate and national champion, Rayvon Grey. Grey currently ranks No. 2 in the NCAA long jump this outdoor season. Lisa Gunnarsson, the 2021 NCAA indoor champion in the pole vault, is scheduled to compete for the first time since late March on Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
The women’s 400 meter hurdle trio of Jurnee Woodward (NCAA No. 5), Milan Young (NCAA No. 6), and Brittley Humphrey (NCAA No. 8) will be running their first race together since the Texas Relays in late March. In the 100 meter hurdles, NCAA top 10 athletes Alia Armstrong (NCAA No. 3) and Eric Edwards Jr. (NCAA No. 5) will be competing as well. Young and Humphrey will also be running the 100 meter hurdles as well.
Jake Norris and Jon Nerdal, the fourth and sixth ranked hammer throwers this season in the NCAA, will get the whole meet started on Friday afternoon with an anticipated start time of 12 p.m. In the women’s high jump, NCAA No. 2 Abigail O’Donoghue will be competing and will be joined by Nyagoa Bayak for the first time this outdoor season. Both O’Donoghue and Bayak scored points for LSU at the NCAA indoor meet.
Thelma Davies, who anchors the No. 1 ranked LSU women’s4x100 meter relay team in the nation, will be doing that and running the open 200 meters where she ranks No. 7 nationally with a seed time of 22.89.
It is called the LSU Alumni Gold meet for a reason. LSU will have a plethora of former athletes competing at the meet on Saturday. The only unfortunate circumstance is that there will be no crawfish boil for alumni after the meet due to COVID-19 protocols. Vernon Norwood, Aleia Hobbs, Mikiah Brisco, Nethaneel-Mitchell Blake, Jahnoy Thompson, Cassandra Tate, Quincy Downing, Mondo Duplantis, and Lynnika Pitts will be in action in various events throughout the meet.