PHILADELPHIA — LSU’s Rodney Brown walked away a champion at the Penn Relays for the second straight season as he smashed his own meet record and school record in the discus to highlight Saturday’s finale at Franklin Field.
Brown’s was one of three wins for the Tigers on the final day of the competition as LSU turned in a seasonal best in winning the Championship of America title in the men’s 4x400-meter relay, and Jordan Moore won the men’s 110-meter hurdles.
Brown, who was named the Men’s College Individual Athlete of the Meet last season with a throw of 210 feet, 10 inches, had a throw of 213-4 on his second attempt in Saturday’s qualifying round to take cruise to victory.
In one of the fastest qualifying rounds in recent memory at the Penn Relays, Moore took eighth place with a time of 13.89 (+0.5) to earn the final spot in Saturday’s final alongside senior teammate Joshua Thompson.
Moore won in 13.84, while Thompson was third with a time of 13.93.
In the men’s 4x400-meter relay, LSU turned in a seasonal best of 3 minutes, 2.61 seconds to get the victory.
Quincy Downing put the Tigers in second place at the first exchange thanks to a strong 46.6-second split on the leadoff leg, and Fitzroy Dunkley gave the team the lead as he raced past Western Kentucky’s Emmanuel Dasor at the 650-meter mark and turned in a 45.8-second split as he handed off to Vernon Norwood at the second exchange.
Norwood, the NCAA’s leading 400-meter runner for the 2015 outdoor season, split 45.88 on the third leg as the Tigers held an insurmountable lead as Darrell Bush took the stick on the anchor.
“It’s a great illustration of the consistency this program has shown each year we have come to the Penn Relays,” LSU coach Dennis Shaver of the 70 individual and relay titles the program has won all-time. “It is a special meet, and our athletes take great pride in the way they represent LSU when they come here. We are proud to add to our history this week.”
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles final, LSU’s Daeshon Gordon matched her wind-legal personal best with a time of 13.26 (+0.5) for third place, while Chanice Chase had a time of 13.54 (+0.5) for sixth place.
LSU’s Jeremy Tuttle who threw 192-6 for 11th place in the championship javelin, posted a seasonal-best mark of 210-7 in the third round to lock up a third-place finish in the hammer throw.
In the women’s 4x200-meter relay final, LSU’s team of Mikiah Brisco, Rushell Harvey, Aleia Hobbs and Jada Martin ran 1 minute, 32.38 seconds for third place.
Gordon, Martin and Chase teamed with Travia Jones in the the college final of the women’s 4x400-meter relay for a 3:35.41, good for second place.
In other field events, Andreas Duplantis cleared 16-6 ¾ to take 10th place in the pole vault, and Terry Hughes threw 192-7 for 16th place in the javelin.
In he men’s hammer throw, Patrick Geers threw a series-best of 184-3 in the second round to finish in 16th place in the event.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers return home to wrap up their regular season when they host the LSU Invitational on Saturday at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and Miami will be part of next weekend’s field.