Former LSU All-American hurdler Cassandra Tate capped her best season as a professional Wednesday when she raced to the bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
Going against six of the 10 fastest intermediate hurdlers in the world this season, Tate recorded a time of 54.02 seconds — just off her personal best of 54.01 — to take home the bronze.
Tate, who graduated from Loranger High School, became the first athlete with LSU ties to claim a medal in the hurdles at the worlds. She is one of five athletes with LSU ties to win an individual medal.
Reigning world champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic won the gold in 53.50 seconds while Tate’s U.S. teammate, Shamier Little, took the silver in 53.94.
Tate competed at LSU from 2009-12 and was the NCAA champion in the 400 hurdles as a senior. The six-time All-American also won a national title in the 4x400-meter relay with the Lady Tigers.