The LSU track and field teams will open the Penn Relays on Thursday at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

LSU’s men’s 4x100-meter relay team has the second-best time in the nation at 38.93 seconds. The Tigers’ 4x400 relay is third nationally with a time of 3 minutes, 2.79 seconds.

The Lady Tigers relays are also among the NCAA leaders: second in the 4x100 in 43.23 seconds and No. 7 in the 4x400 with a time of 3:32.97.

Rodney Brown won the Penn Relays discus last season at 210 feet, 10 inches. He is the NCAA leader this season with a throw of 209-8.

LSU’s Vernon Norwood won the 400 meters Saturday in the LSU Alumni Gold meet with a time of 44.44, earning recognition as the NCAA athlete of the week.

2003 relay team honored

Penn Relays officials announced last week that the Lady Tigers’ record-setting 4x100-meter relay team from the 2003 season will be inducted into the meet’s Wall of Fame as part of its induction Class of 2015.

Inductees are picked solely for their accomplishments at the Penn Relays; achievements at any other meet are not considered. For an athlete to be considered, he or she must be retired or competing only at the master’s level.

The Lady Tigers’ 4x100-meter relay team of Stephanie Durst, Monique Hall, Lolo Jones and Muna Lee, which clocked a Penn Relays record of 42.73 seconds to win the Championship of America title in 2003, will be honored. The relay will become LSU’s sixth inductee to the Penn Relays Wall of Fame since its inception in 1994.