After a pair of top-10 team finishes at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend, the LSU track and field teams open their outdoor season in Lafayette to compete in the Louisiana Classics meet Friday and Saturday at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Members of LSU’s throws and distance groups open the competition Friday with the javelin competitions at 3 p.m. and the men’s 10,000 meters at 8:45 p.m. Saturday’s action continues at 9 a.m. with field events, followed by track finals at 2:30 p.m.
LSU’s Rodney Brown, Patrick Geers and Terry Hughes are scheduled to compete in the discus throw while Jeremy Tuttle will take part in the hammer and javelin throws. Joining Tuttle in the javelin are Hughes and Garret LeBouef, while Geers and David Collins will compete in the men’s hammer throw.
Mayme Cook, Doren Welch and Alli Brasuell will make their season debuts for LSU in the women’s javelin throw on Friday, while Gabby Figueroa, Marvalyn Vernon and Sidnie Wilder make their collegiate debuts in the women’s hammer throw on Saturday.
Saturday’s finals on the track will be headlined by the season-opening races for the Tigers and Lady Tigers in both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays.
LSU’s Joshua Thompson and 2014 Big 12 Conference champion Jordan Moore will compete in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, while 2014 NCAA semifinalist Rushell Harvey takes part in the women’s 100-meter dash, and Chanice Chase and Mariah Georgetown will compete in the in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Moore will debut in the 110 hurdles for LSU after winning the Big 12 Outdoor title last season as a redshirt freshman at TCU.
Swimming and diving
KOPCSO SETS SCHOOL RECORD ON FIRST DAY OF NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: In Greensboro, N.C., LSU’s Kara Kopcso set her third school record — this time in the 200 IM — on the first day of NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Kopcso finished 21st in the event with a time of 1:57.31.
Caley Oquist finished 43rd in the 200 IM (1:59.18,) and Colleen O’Neil finished 59th (2:00.52). Amber Carter was 48th in the 50 free (22.72) and Leah Troskot finished 56th (23.10).
In the relay events, LSU’s Oquist, O’Neil, Carter and Troskot finished 24th in the 400 medley relay (3:35.42). The 200 freestyle relay team of Carter, Troskot, Danielle Stirrat and Oquist finished 26th with a season-best time of 1:30.09
Diver Alex Bettridge just missed the final of one-meter on day one, finishing with a 295.05 in the springboard event for 20th overall.
LSU is represented in all but one event on day two of NCAA meet. Two LSU swimmers and one diver will compete in events in which they hold school records. Bettridge and Cassie Weil will also look to return for finals in the three-meter.
LSU SEEKS FIRST SEC ROAD WIN AT ALABAMA: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., the No. 23 LSU men’s tennis team (13-3, 3-2 SEC) will travel to Tuscaloosa on Friday to take on No. 60 Alabama (12-10, 2-3 SEC) its third Southeastern Conference road contest of the season.
The Tigers (13-3, 3-2 SEC) are 12-0 at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium in Baton Rouge, but are looking for their first SEC road win this year.
“We have very good points throughout our lineup,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said. “We have a lot of confidence and our doubles point is very strong. The key will be to close out the matches where we are leading.”
Alabama (12-10, 2-3) has wins over No. 13 Ole Miss and No. 51 Auburn and an 11-2 home record.
LSU TO HOST NO. 9 ALABAMA: The 49th-ranked LSU women’s tennis team host No. 9 Alabama at 4 p.m. Friday at W.T. ‘Dub’ Robinson Stadium. The match against the Crimson Tide marks the fourth top-10 team the Lady Tigers have faced this season.
“We’re excited going into this weekend another top team,” LSU coach Julia Sell said. “We’ve been so close this season and the girls are hungry. Alabama is a great team and have proven themselves with their ranking. We are excited to compete our hearts out and see where it falls.”
The Lady Tigers ((11-6, 2-3 SEC) have a 28-14 record iun the series and is looking to break Alabama’s (12-3, 4-2 SEC) four-match winning streak.
LSU TO HOST TOURNAMENT: The LSU sand volleyball team play its first four home matches of the season this weekend, hosting the Tiger Sand tournament at the Mango Beach Volleyball Club.
LSU (3-6) faces UNO and North Florida at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday. The Lady Tigers turn their attention to Florida International and Spring Hill on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All teams wrap up tournament play on Sunday in a pairs bracket play starting at 9 a.m.