Members of the LSU track and field program scatter across the country this weekend as the Tigers and Lady Tigers will headline two-day events at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday while also hosting the LSU High Performance Meet on Saturday.
LSU’s legion of sprinters and hurdlers and selected jumpers make a return trip to Arkansas’ Randal Tyson Track Center to compete in a loaded field at the Tyson Invitational that kicks off at 1 p.m. Friday with the first field events of the day. The first events on the track begin at 1:40 p.m.
Saturday’s action begins at noon in the field and 12:50 p.m. on the track.
This marks the second time in three weeks that the Tigers and Lady Tigers will feature at the Randal Tyson Track Center after also traveling to Fayetteville for the Razorback Invitational two weeks ago.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers look to improve their seasonal bests and put themselves in position to qualify among the Top 16 athletes in their events at the site of this year’s NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Fayetteville will also host the national meet from March 13-14.
Meanwhile, LSU’s middle distance and distance runners hit the 300-meter oversized track at Iowa State’s Lied Recreational Center in Ames at the Iowa State Classic.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers compete at the Iowa State Classic for the first time at 2:25 p.m. Friday.
Saturday’s action at 9:30 a.m. LSU’s last scheduled event is at 3:20 p.m Saturday.
Back home at the Carl Maddox Field House in Baton Rouge, the LSU High Performance Meet begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the first field events. The first preliminary races on the track are at noon.
LADY TIGERS VISIT WAKE FOREST: The No. 37 LSU women’s tennis team heads to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to face No. 60 Wake Forest at 3 p.m. Friday at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.
“We are excited to face two different ranked teams who are outside of our conference,” coach Julia Sell said. “We’ve had a nice two-week break from competition so we are excited to get back out and compete.
The Lady Tigers (5-1) are coming of a sweep of Northwestern State and Jackson State. The women took all 26 sets over the two teams.
No. 28 Joana Vale Costa holds a 3-1 record on Court 1 this year.
Skylar Kuykendall, the transfer from Memphis, is at 87 in the singles poll. The junior is 5-1 on the year with a perfect 4-0 record on courts two and three. Kuykendall is also 1-1 on court one.
The team of Kuykendall and Abby Owens is also 60th in the latest doubles rankings released by the ITA this week.
The match against Wake Forest is expected to be moved indoors with temperatures estimated to only reach 36 degrees Friday.
“It’s certainly going to be an adjustment going indoors,” Sell said. “We are going to have to get up there and get some good practice in and get use to a different environment. That’s everywhere we go though because every court speed is different.”