As the LSU track and field teams sprint toward the end of the regular season, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will make their annual trip to Franklin Field in Philadelphia this weekend to compete in the 120th Penn Relay Carnival.
While the LSU teams kick off their three days of competition Thursday, the meet will come to a dramatic conclusion as it does each year with Saturday’s “USA vs. The World” events.
NBC Sports Network will televise Saturday’s “USA vs. The World” events at the Penn Relays live from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. as part of the USA Track & Field Championship Series.
The meet will come to an end Saturday with the running of the Championship of America 4x400-meter relays, with the Lady Tigers running at 4:50 p.m. followed by the Tigers at 5 p.m.
“Our teams look forward to the last weekend in April each year as we have another opportunity to make it back to Philadelphia to compete at the Penn Relays,” LSU coach Dennis Shaver said. “It’s one of the truly unique events in our sport, and we’re excited to be a part of the history that takes place each and every year at Franklin Field and the University of Pennsylvania.”
The Tigers are coming off a successful weekend in hosting the LSU Alumni Gold last Saturday where they turned in a seasonal-best time of 38.90 seconds for the NCAA’s No. 3-ranked time in the 4x100 relay in the outdoor season. They already owned the No. 3-ranked time nationally in the 4x400 relay with a seasonal best of 3 minutes, 2.81 seconds set in a runner-up finish at the Texas Relays on March 29.
The Lady Tigers set a seasonal best in the 4x100 relay at the LSU Alumni Gold meet last weekend when they clocked 43.72 to emerge as the NCAA’s No. 7-ranked sprint relay team.
Jasmin Stowers, LSU’s reigning Southeastern Conference Women’s Runner of the Week, has a chance to make history in her final Penn Relays appearance as a Lady Tiger as she has her sights set on winning a third Penn Relays title in the university 100-meter hurdles.
COSTA NAMED SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC: In Birmingham, Ala., Joana Vale Costa was selected second team on the All-Southeastern Conference team and was also picked for the all-freshman team as announced Wednesday by the conference.
This marks the first time an LSU player has received these honors since 2010 when Keri Frankenberger was an All-SEC Second Team and an All-SEC Freshman-Team pick.
Erin Routliffe, Alabama; Pleun Burgmans, Auburn; Alexandra Cercone, Florida; Brianna Morgan, Florida; Olivia Janowicz, Florida; Silvia Garcia, Georgia; Lauren Herring, Georgia; Maho Kowase, Georgia; Georgiana Patrasc, Mississippi State; Elixane Lechemia, South Carolina; Cristina Stancu, Texas A&M; Frances Altick, Vanderbilt
Luicelena Perez, Alabama; Maya Jansen, Alabama; Emily Flickinger, Auburn; Sofie Oyen, Florida; Aldila Sutjiadi, Kentucky; Joana Vale Costa, LSU; Julia Jones, Ole Miss; Cierra Gaytan-Leach, Missouri; Eve Repic, Tennessee; Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M; Marie Casares, Vanderbilt; Georgina Sellyn, Vanderbilt
Danielle Spielmann, Alabama; Erin Routliffe, Alabama; Sydney Campbell, Vanderbilt; Joana Vale Costa, LSU; Saska Gavrilovska, Texas A&M; Eve Repic, Tennessee.
Player of the Year: Lauren Herring, Georgia.