Tigers in second place after Day 1 of NCAAs

The LSU men's track team is in second place after one day of competition at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Bernie Moore Stadium. <br><br> While the LSU women have yet to score, the Lady Tigers put themselves in position to do so with strong performances in the sprint and relay preliminaries.

The LSU men's track team stands in second place after the first day of competition in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, while the women's team has yet to score a point on its home track at Bernie Moore Stadium.

 

Despite the difference in standings, LSU head coach Pat Henry was very pleased with the effort he got from both squads on a warm but bearable evening in Baton Rouge.

 

The Tigers got their first points of the competition from Javier Nieto's eighth place finish in the hammer throw. It was the first time the senior from Spain placed in three trips to the NCAAs.

 

"That one point was important," said Henry. "In this type of competition it could be the difference."

 

LSU's men finished the day with eleven points with the other ten coming courtesy of Walter Davis' win in the long jump. The senior from Leonville, La., improved upon his second place finish at last year's outdoor championships and will compete in two more events this weekend.

 

The Tigers and Lady Tigers each turned in the fastest preliminary times in the 400-meter relays, and three LSU athletes will take part in the finals of the 200-meter dash.

 

Long Jump, Men's Finals

 

LSU's Walter Davis thrust the Tigers into the thick of the team competition with a victory in the long jump. Charged from helping the 400-meter relay team earn the top time in preliminaries, Davis fouled twice in his opening heat of the long jump and twice again in the finals.

 

But the 8.08 meters he posted on his second attempt held up against all challengers and gave LSU ten points in the team competition. The Tigers finished the first day of the championships with 11 points, four behind the leader Georgia.

 

(Bill Feig/AP)

Walter Davis of LSU won the NCAA Outdoor long jump title Wednesday with a leap of 8.08 meters (Bill Feig/AP).

 

"I felt all right being that I fouled on most of my jumps," said Davis. "In the beginning, I started running real good and just started getting tight at the end."

 

Trainers treated Davis for a calf cramp in the middle of the competition, and LSU long jump coach Boo Schexnayder urged Davis on after he fouled on his first attempt in the finals.

 

"My coach told me to take it like it was my last jump," Davis said. " Luckily it was a 8.08 and I was satisfied with that."

 

Davis will be idle Thursday and completes in the triple jump and 400-meter relay finals on Friday.

 

Athlete

School

Distance

1. W. Davis

LSU

8.08

2. R. Lewis

Wichita St.

7.97

3. B. Johnson

Southern

7.96

4. O. Moxey

Auburn

7.95

5. A. Edwards

TCU

7.85

6. C. Howard

Tennessee

7.77

7. W. Montgomery

NC-Charlotte

7.74

8. A. Badger

Cal Poly-SLO

20.71

 

400-Meter Hurdles, Men's Preliminaries

 

Less than 15 minutes after running the anchor leg of the 400-meter relay, LSU's Bennie Brazell bounced back to turn in the best preliminary time in the men's 400-meter hurdles. The freshman from Houston led the first heat from start to finish and crossed the line two-tenths of a second ahead of his nearest competition.

 

"I think (the 400-meter relay) warmed me up a little bit," said Brazell. "I thought I ran pretty good, you know. I just put it in God's hands."

 

Joining Brazell in Friday's hurdles final will be teammate Lueroy Colquhoun, who won the second meet with a time of 49.99 – the fifth best time in the preliminaries.

 

"My aim was to get to the finals and I did," said Colquhoun.

 

The winner of each of the four preliminary heats advanced to the finals along with the five next best times.

 

Athlete

School

Time

1. B. Brazell

LSU

49.57

2. F. Sharpe

Auburn

49.79

3. L. Colquhoun

LSU

49.99

4. B. Guymon

Utah State

50.12

5. M. Jakobsson

Minnesota

49.75

6. R. Harris

Florida

49.91

7. R. DePass

Colorado

50.01

8. N. O'Brien

Villanova

50.22

9. M. Smith

Baylor

50.25

 

 

400-Meter Hurdles-Women's Preliminaries

- top two from three heats plus next 3 best times

Athlete

School

Time

1. L. Demus

S. Carolina

56.39

2. R. McIntosh

Texas

56.49

3. T. Ross

S. Carolina

56.66

4. S. Johnson

UCLA

57.65

5. A. Beckford

Rice

56.89

6. A. Farris

Kent State

57.43

7. S. Stoddart

S. Carolina

57.64

8. C. Demart

Baylor

57.72

9. C. Davis

Hampton

57.76

15. D. Appleberry

LSU

58.83

 

 

200-Meter Dash, Men's Preliminaries

 

The Southeastern Conference dominated the preliminaries for the 200-meter dash, with six of the nine spots of the finals going to the host conference. Justin Gatlin and Leonard Scott of Tennessee win their respective heats, followed by LSU's Robert Parham and Aaron Egbele of Texas-El Paso.

 

"It went pretty good," said Parham. "Dion (Crabbe) from Mississippi State gave me a little run for my money but other than that it was ok. Coming off the curve I didn't expect him to be right there with me, so I had to work a little harder than expected."

 

Gatlin's time of 19.98 seconds broke the Bernie Moore Stadium mark but was aided by a 1.2 meter-per-second wind.

 

- 4 heat winners plus next 5 best times

Athlete

School

Time

1. J. Gatlin

Tennessee

19.98

2. L. Scott

Tennessee

20.34

3. R. Parham

LSU

20.45

4. A. Egbele

UTEP

20.66

5. D. Crabbe

Miss. State

20.46

6. D. Thomas

Clemson

20.52

7. P. Browne

Miss. State

20.65

8. R. Olkowski

Penn State

20.71

9. M. Davis

Miss. State

20.76

 

200-Meter Dash-Women's Preliminaries

 

The preliminaries of the women's 200-meter dash could well provide a glimpse at the teams who will compete for the championship. LSU, Southern California and South Carolina each placed two athletes in Friday's finals.

 

Muna Lee led the Lady Tigers with winning time of 22.66 seconds in the last of four heats, and teammate Stephanie Durst, the Southeastern Conference Champion in the event, fought hard to post a 22.97.

 

"I felt good," said Lee. "It was hard to watch my teammate (Durst) run like she did because I know that she could do better. That kind of surprised me. It didn't affect me because I ran OK."

 

- 4 heat winners plus next 5 best times

Athlete

School

Time

1. M. Lee

LSU

22.66

2. N. Myers

Southern Cal

22.80

3. A. Bailey

S. Carolina

22.85

4. B. Glenn

Arizona

22.97

5. S. Durst

LSU

22.97

6. K. Davis

Southern Cal

22.98

7. M. Barber

S. Carolina

23.06

8. A. Robinson

Florida

23.12

9. V. Wilson

Florida I'ntl

23.21

 

The rest of Wednesday's results can be found here: Wednesday's Update #1; Wednesday Update #3; Wednesday Update #4

 

TEAM STANDINGS

Women – 1. UCLA 15; 2. Clemson, North Carolina St. 10; 4. Liberty, South Florida, Nebraska, Colorado 8; 8. Oregon, Idaho State, Yale 6; 11. Stanford 4; 12. Houston, Florida, Boston College 4; 15 Southern California, Oklahoma 3; Michigan State, Nevada, California 2; 20. Montana State, Arizona, Illinois State 1.

Men – 1. Georgia 15; 2. LSU 11; 3. SMU, Wichita State 8; 5. DePaul, Southern 6; 7. Auburn 5; 8. Manahattan, TCU 4; 10. UTEP, Tennessee 3; 12 Ball State, UNC-Charlotte 2; 14. Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 1.

    


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