MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico - Junior Riker Hylton closed an impressive weekend for the LSU track and field program at the 23rd Central American & Caribbean Senior Championships by leading Jamaica to a bronze medal finish in the men’s 4x400-meter relay Sunday.
Hylton, who finished fourth in the 400-meter final Friday night, ran the second leg on the relay team that placed third in the final event of the meet.
Along with Dwight Mullings, Dawayne Barrett and Leford Green, Jamaica ran the distance in at 3 minutes, 2 seconds to finish behind The Bahamas (3:01.33) and Trinidad & Tobago (3:01.65).
LSU athletes captured five medals in three days of competition, with junior Semoy Hackett winning a pair of gold medals for Trinidad & Tobago in the 100 and 4x100 relay, sophomore Damar Forbes winning the silver medal in the men’s long jump for Jamaica and former Tiger Claston Bernard taking the silver for Jamaica in the men’s decathlon.
Ex-Lady Tiger Neisha Bernard-Thomas of Grenada, a two-time CAC Championships gold medalist, placed fourth in the women’s 800 final Sunday with a time of 2:03.56.
Also representing The Bahamas was ex-Lady Tiger Laverne Eve, the 1987 NCAA javelin champion and four-time CAC Championships gold medalist, who finished fifth in the event Sunday with a throw of 165 feet, 5 inches.
FLORIDA STANDOUT BODINE SIGNS: LSU coach Tony Minnis announced Monday that East Lake High standout Rebecca Bodine has signed a national letter of intent and will join the Lady Tigers this season.
Bodine, from Tarpon Springs, Fla., was ranked as the 10th-best tennis prospect in the nation and was the top-rated player in the state of Florida in 2008, according to tennisrecruiting.net.
“I’m really excited to have Rebecca join our program,” Minnis said. “She’s a really accomplished junior tennis player. She’s battled back from some injuries, but I’m looking forward to seeing her college career.”
Bodine will be one of two freshmen this fall.
APPEARANCE AT ARKANSAS TO BE TELEVISED ON ESPNU: LSU will be featured on ESPNU for a third straight season when the Tigers visit Arkansas on Oct. 26, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday.
The Tigers will be making their fourth appearance on the network since 2009. LSU has won two of its three previous ESPNU contests, highlighted by a 3-0 sweep of No. 6 Florida en route to the 2009 SEC title.