Brazell, Jones take fourth; Carter ninth

CARSON, Calif. -- Tiger Bennie Brazell came up just short of securing a bid to the World Championships Sunday afternoon, finishing fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at the USA Track and Field Championships from the Home Depot Center.

Brazell was beat out at the tape by James Carter, who secured the third-place position in 48.03 seconds. Brazell finished in 48.09, while winner Kerron Clement (47.24) and runner-up Bershawn Jackson (47.80) earned the other two spots on the world championship team.

Also missing out by just one spot was former Lady Tiger hurdler Lolo Jones. Jones sped through the semifinals of the 100-meter hurdles, clocking 12.76. She later posted a time of 12.90 in the finals to finish fourth overall, just .03 seconds out of the elusive top three.

Fellow former Lady Tiger Muna Lee also came up short in the 200 meters. A day after making the world championship team in the 100-meter dash, Lee ran a season-best of 22.46 seconds in the 200, but finished fifth overall.

Tiger freshman Xavier Carter also advanced through the semifinal round of the men's 200 meters, posting a time of 20.53. The four-time All-American then placed ninth in the finals after finishing in 20.71.

Around the world, LSU had several current and former Tigers and Lady Tigers in action on Saturday evening.

Lady Tiger freshman Kelly Baptiste was exceptional in winning the Trinidad and Tobago national title in the 100-meter dash. The three-time All-American smashed her own junior national record in the event (11.26), finishing with a personal best time of 11.17.

At the Jamaican national championships, freshman Andrea Linton qualified for the junior world championship team in the triple jump after leaping to a third-place finish in the final standings.

Former Lady Tiger Debbie Parris made the world championships squad in the women's 400-meter hurdles after securing the national title in the event.

In addition, former Tiger Lueroy Colquhoun placed fourth in the men's 400-meter hurdles.

The summer track season wraps up August 5-14, at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

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