LSU defensive midfielder Allysha Chapman was honored Monday as the Southeastern Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year with the release of the league’s 2011 postseason soccer awards.
Senior Taryne Boudreau joined Chapman as a first-team All-SEC selection, while fellow senior Natalie Martineau was honored as a second-team All-SEC performer for the first time in her career.
The senior trio leads a group of five Tigers claiming All-SEC recognition. Defenders Alex Arlitt and Jodi Calloway were also named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
This marks the third time in program history that two Tigers have earned first-team All-SEC recognition in the same postseason. They also accomplished the feat in 2007 and 2009.
DOODY LEADS LSU AT SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS: In Maryville, Tenn., LSU senior Cullen Doody capped his final Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championship race with a top-20 performance as the Tigers posted a 10th-place finish on Monday.
Doody’s effort was 39 spots better than his finish in last season’s meet with a time of 24:53.43 to notch his best SEC championship result.
The No. 15 Arkansas men scored 33 to win the conference title for the second year in a row, followed by Florida with 66 and Georgia with 68.
Vanderbilt, ranked third nationally, had five runners in the top nine to capture its first SEC women’s cross country title.
Charlene Lipsey was the first Lady Tiger across the finish line, coming in at 22:31.40 in 60th place as the LSU women placed 12th.
The teams will take the weekend off before returning to action Nov. 12 at the NCAA South Central Regional in Waco, Texas.
PURPLE-GOLD WORLD SERIES BEGINS TUESDAY: Game 1 of the LSU Baseball Purple-Gold World Series begins at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium.
The three-game intrasquad series signals the conclusion of LSU’s six-week fall practice session.
Game 2 is set for 3:45 p.m. Thursday and Game 3 starts at 3 p.m. Friday. All games will be six innings, and are free and open to the public.
LSU hitting coach Javi Sanchez will serve as coach of the Purple team and will be assisted by outfielder Alex Edward and equipment manager Shay Dubois. LSU assistant coach Will Davis will coach the Gold squad and will be assisted by infielder Matt Fury and equipment manager A.J. Million.
The Gold team will start sophomore right-hander Ryan Eades in Game 1, while the Purple will counter with sophomore right-hander Kevin Gausman.
Game 2 will match Gold freshman left-hander Cody Glenn against Purple freshman right-hander Aaron Nola. Gold sophomore right-hander Kurt McCune will start Game 3 against Purple sophomore right-hander Joe Broussard.
LSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will host a blood drive during the World Series at Alex Box from 3-7 p.m. all three days of the series.
Track and field
LSU ALUMS PHILLIPS, WILSON WIN SILVER MEDALS AT PAN AM GAMES: In Guadalajara, Mexico, former LSU Track & Field national champions Isa Phillips of Jamaica and Kenyanna Wilson of the United States each captured silver medals for their respective countries last week at the 2011 Pan American Games while headlining a group of seven alumni competing at Telmex Athletics Stadium.
Phillips took the Pan Am Games silver medal in the final of the men’s 400-meter hurdles Thursday before Wilson led off the silver-medal winning 4x100-meter relay team for the United States on Friday to highlight their first career appearances in the Pan Am Games.
Phillips took the silver medal in the final of the 400-meter hurdles in 48.82 seconds in the final.
Wilson followed Phillips with a silver-medal winning performance as the lead leg on a 4x100-meter relay team for the United States team that took second place in 43.10 in Friday’s final during the sprint relay.
Wilson teamed with Barbara Pierre, Yvette Lewis and Chastity Riggien for a second-place finish to Brazil (42.85), while Colombia (43.44) scored bronze in the event.
Wilson, who wrapped up her collegiate career in 2011 as an eight-time All-American, also earned an 11th-place finish in the 100-meter dash in her first Pan Am Games appearance.
Fellow American and LSU alum Jeremy Hicks had a fourth-place finish in the men’s long jump final (25-8 1/4).
Former Tigers stars Claston Bernard of Jamaica and Zedric Thomas of the United States added eighth-place in their respective events.
While competing in the two-day, 10-event men’s decathlon, Bernard scored 7,246 points. Thomas earned an eighth-place finish in the men’s triple jump with a series-best mark of 53-1?.
Former Lady Tiger Laverne Eve added a ninth-place finish in the women’s javelin with a seasonal-best of 166-8. Former Tiger All-American Jamaal James of Trinidad & Tobago was the 10th-place finisher in the semifinal round of the men’s 800-meter run.