LSU T&F Set to Compete at U.S. Olympic Trials

Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU track and field program will have a combination of 30 current and former athletes competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials June 18-27 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon with hopes of securing their spot to compete at the Olympics later this summer in Tokyo.

by Aaron Hyder | Assistant Communications Director
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Baton Rouge, La. – The LSU track and field program will have a combination of 30 current and former athletes competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials June 18-27 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon with hopes of securing their spot to compete at the Olympics later this summer in Tokyo.

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In order to make Team USA, a top three finish in most events is required no matter what an athlete has already accomplished this season. LSU has a number of athletes that have high chances of securing a spot and representing the USA on the world stage later this summer. A full list of athletes with their events they will be competing in can be viewed at the bottom of this story.

Eighteen of the 30 athletes attempting to secure bids to Tokyo were on LSU’s 2021 roster. JuVaughn Harrison (high jump & long jump), Tonea Marshall (100m hurdles), Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell (400m hurdles), and Terrance Laird (200 meters) all have top three marks in their respective events on the American level this season. Former LSU athletes such as Sha’Carri Richardson (100 meters & 200 meters), and Aleia Hobbs (100 meters) are also inside the top three of the American lists this year.

In fact, all of the names above rank in the top seven of the world this season. Harrison is the No. 2 ranked high jumper and long jumper in the world this year, Laird has a world best of 19.81 seconds this season in the 200 meters, Marshall ranks No. 2 worldwide in the 100 meter hurdles with a personal best of 12.44, Richardson ranks No. 2 and No. 3 in the world respectively in the 100 and 200 meters, Burrell is No. 4 worldwide with a time of 47.85 in the 400 meter hurdles, and Hobbs ranks seventh with a season best of 10.91.

Richardson and Harrison are at the top of the projections for medaling in their respective events if they are to advance to Tokyo. Richardson is the sixth fastest woman in world history and Harrison has done things in the high jump and long jump that nobody in world history has ever accomplished. One thing is for sure, LSU track and field will have some heavy representation at the Tokyo Games.

Another group to keep an eye on is the 400 meter dash trio of Noah Williams, Michael Cherry and Vernon Norwood. Williams owns the No. 3 time in the world this season with a personal best of 44.30. Cherry is right behind him for No. 4 on the world list with a 44.37, and Norwood ranks 11th on the global stage this year with a 44.64. So three of the world’s 11 fastest times this year have come from LSU sprinters. The American team is a tough one to make in the 400 meters though as eight of the top 10 times in the world this year have been run by American men.

NBC and NBC Sports will cover a large portion of the U.S. Olympic Trials competition. Six days of the meet will air on NBC in primetime. Full TV coverage spots can be viewed at usatf.org. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will provide more in depth streaming coverage of select field events. Results will be available at flashresults.com.

For all news regarding the trials, visit usatf.org.

Tzuriel Pedigo – Javelin
Sean Burrell – 400m Hurdles
JuVaughn Harrison – High Jump, Long Jump
Tonea Marshall – 100m Hurdles
Noah Williams – 400 Meters
Terrance Laird – 200 Meters
Alia Armstrong – 100m Hurdles
Thelma Davies – 200 Meters
Brittley Humphrey – 400m Hurdles
Abigail O’Donoghue – High Jump
Emma Robbins – Hammer Throw
Aliyah Whisby – Long Jump
Milan Young – 400m Hurdles
Sean Dixon-Bodie – Triple Jump
Eric Edwards Jr. – 110m Hurdles
Arthur Price III – 110m Hurdles
Rayvon Grey – Long Jump
Tyler Terry – 400 Meters

Alumni
Sha’Carri Richardson – 100 & 200 Meters
Kortnei Johnson – 100 Meters
Mikiah Brisco – 100 Meters
Aleia Hobbs – 100 Meters
Cassandra Tate – 400m Hurdles
Vernon Norwood – 400 Meters
Michael Cherry – 400 Meters
Jaron Flournoy – 200 Meters
Ryan Fontenot – 110m Hurdles
Lynnika Pitts – Triple Jump
Quincy Downing – 400m Hurdles
Johnny Jackson – Hammer Throw