Twenty Six LSU Track and Field Athletes Receive All-SEC Honors

Twenty Six LSU Track and Field athletes were honored by the conference for their performances at the SEC Championships.  Eleven of those athletes (6 women, 5 men) were named First Team All-SEC for winning the championship in their respective events. 

by Colin Gunther | Communications Student Assistant
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Twenty Six LSU Track and Field Athletes Receive All-SEC Honors

Baton Rouge, La. – Twenty Six LSU Track and Field athletes were honored by the conference for their performances at the SEC Championships.  Eleven of those athletes (6 women, 5 men) were named First Team All-SEC for winning the championship in their respective events. 

The Tigers put together some of the most impressive performances in school history on their way to second and third place finishes for the women’s and men’s teams, respectively.  The best individual performance of the entire weekend came from world class sprinter Terrance Laird.  Laird was awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy which goes the athlete who scores the most points at the SEC Championships.  The Coatesville, Pa. native won the 100 and 200 Meter Dashes and was the anchor in the winning Men’s 4×100 Meter Relay team, totaling 22.5 points.  Laird’s first victory of the day came in the 100 meter dash where he ran a win aided time of 9.80 to secure ten points for the Tigers.  Shortly after, he clocked a blazing fast readout of 19.82 as he ran away from the competition in the 200 Meter Dash.  The winning time was the fifth fastest time in collegiate history and only trails his own time of 19.81 that he set at the Texas Relays as the top time in the world this season.

Another record setter on the weekend was standout jumper JuVaughn Harrison who won the SEC Championship in the High Jump competition.  The reigning SEC High Jump champion defended his title as he cleared the second highest mark in the history of collegiate track and field with his jump of 7′ 8.75″ (2.36 meters).  Not only did he clear that height, but he was perfect doing so, clearing all seven attempts on his first try.  Harrison would also go on to place second in the Men’s Long Jump with a leap of 27′ 0.5″ (8.24 meters), scoring eight points for LSU.  The other field athlete to win a title for the Tigers was freshman thrower Emma Robbins.  The native of Anaheim, California threw the hammer a distance of 220′ 4″ (67.17) to take the gold medal and contribute ten points to the team’s point total.  Robbins became the first LSU female athlete to win an SEC title in the event in program history and set a school record in the process. 

Like Laird and Harrison, Noah Williams was another world leader in an event heading into postseason action.  Williams ran a time of 44.30 back in April at the LSU Alumni Gold Medal Meet which still stands as the fastest readout in the world.  While the transfer from Akron didn’t surpass that world leading time at the SEC Championships, he was still able to run a time of 44.37 to win the event.  He made an immediate impact in his LSU postseason debut as he scored 12.5 points for the Tigers with the other 2.5 points coming from the 4×100 Meter Relay. 

Tonea Marshall had a strong showing at the SEC Championships as she would go on to win her first career individual title in the 100 Meter Hurdles.  Marshall ran a 12.62 to win the race but also ran a personal and NCAA best time of 12.52 in the prelims.  Brittley Humphrey also provided the women’s team with ten points, winning the 400 Meter Hurdles with a time of 56.14. 

The Tigers dominance in the 4×100 Meter Relay at the SEC Championships continued as both the men’s and women’s teams took first place for the fifth consecutive year.  The men’s 4×100 Meter Relay team was made up of some of the top sprinters in the world as they were led by Dylan Peebles, Noah Williams, Dorian Camel, Terrance Laird.  The foursome went on to win the gold medal with a time of 38.87 thanks to a chase down by the team’s anchor, Terrance Laird.  The women’s relay team that consisted of Tonea Marshall, Favour Ofili, Symone Mason, and Thelma Davies went on to run a world leading time of 42.52 to win the race.  All eight LSU athletes who competed in the 4×100 Relay are awarded First Team All-SEC honors for their winning performances.             

Men’s First Team All-SEC

Dorian Camel, LSU
JuVaughn Harrison, LSU
Terrance Laird, LSU
Dylan Peebles, LSU
Noah Williams, LSU

Men’s Second Team All-SEC

Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell, LSU
Eric Edwards Jr., LSU
Jake Norris, LSU
Damion Thomas, LSU

Women’s First Team All-SEC

Thelma Davies, LSU
Brittley Humphrey, LSU
Tonea Marshall, LSU
Symone Mason, LSU
Favour Ofili, LSU
Emma Robbins, LSU

Women’s Second Team All-SEC

Lisa Gunnarsson, LSU
Katy-Ann McDonald, LSU
Milan Young, LSU

Men’s Newcomer All-SEC

1500m: Davis Bove, LSU
High Jump: Ronnie Rounds II, LSU

Men’s Freshman All-SEC

400mH: Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell, LSU
Triple Jump: Sean Dixon-Bodie, LSU

Women’s Newcomer All-SEC

200m: Thelma Davies, LSU
Hammer: Emma Robbins, LSU

Women’s Freshman All-SEC

800m: Lorena Rangel Batres, LSU
Hammer: Monique Hardy, LSU