T&F Gets Off to Solid Start at SECs

College Station, Texas  –  The LSU track and field team got things started at the SEC Championships on Thursday at E.B. Cushing Stadium with some quality performances. LSU received five scoring performances from the throws corps to get things going at the conference meet.

by Aaron Hyder | Assistant Communications Director
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T&F Gets Off to Solid Start at SECs

College Station, Texas  –  The LSU track and field team got things started at the SEC Championships on Thursday at E.B. Cushing Stadium with some quality performances. LSU received five scoring performances from the throws corps to get things going at the conference meet.

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The men’s hammer throw duo of Jake Norris and Jon Nerdal racked up 13 points for LSU thanks to their second and fourth place finishes in the event. Norris notched his best throw of the event on attempt No. 1 with a throw of 229′ 1″ (69.84 meters), and Nerdal’s best throw, a toss of 226′ 3″ (68.96 meters), came in the third round.

Noel Baker earned the women’s team three points with a sixth place finish in the javelin throw. She registered a personal best toss of 160 feet (48.78 meters) in the fourth round. The career best mark by Baker improves her already owned No. 9 slot in the LSU record book in the event.

The final scorers of the day for LSU were Tzuriel Pedigo and Andre Girouard in the men’s javelin throw. Pedigo placed fourth with a throw of 232′ 7″ (70.89 meters) and Girouard tossed the stick out to a mark of 214′ 7″ (65.42 meters).

The rest of the action on the track was qualifying and LSU did a solid job of advancing runners on to Saturday’s finals. In the 200 meters, Favour Ofili, Symone Mason, and Thelma Davies will represent the LSU women; Ofili (22.64) and Mason (22.99) both clocked personal bests. Terrance Laird was the lone LSU men’s runner to advance in the 200 meters with the fastest time in prelims, a 20.13.

In the 400 meter hurdles, the Tigers will have five finalists on Saturday. The women’s crew will be rolling deep with four of the nine finalists in the race on Saturday. Brittley Humphrey (56.66) ran a season best and Jurnee Woodward (57.42), Milan Young (57.88), and Leah Phillips (58.22) dropped their respective times to move on. NCAA leader in the 400 meter hurdles, Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell, ran a time of 49.88 to advance on the men’s side.

After one day of competition, the LSU men are in third place with 20 points, and the women have three points and are tied for sixth.

Up Next

Day two of the SEC Track and Field Championships begins at 2 p.m. CT on Friday for LSU with Monique Hardy and Emma Robbins in the women’s hammer throw. A competition guide can be viewed at lsusports.net.