EUGENE, Ore. — Former LSU All-Americans Cassandra Tate and Jasmin Stowers cleared the first hurdles in their bid to earn spots on the U.S. Olympic track and field team Thursday night.

The former LSU stars and teammates won their first-round heats in the Olympic trials at Hayward Field with Tate coasting to a win in the 400-meter hurdles after Stowers advanced in the 100 hurdles.

Tate, the bronze medalist at the World Championships last August, posted a time of 55.93 seconds to earn a spot in Friday night’s semifinals.

Stowers, who came up just short in her bid to join Tate at the World Championships a year ago, came on strong to win her heat in the 100 hurdles and move on to Friday’s semis.

Stowers’ wind-legal time of 12.65 seconds was the third-fastest clocking of the first round.

Tenaya Jones, another former LSU athlete, also advanced to the semifinals in the 100 hurdles when she finished fourth in the heat that was won by Stowers. Jones’ clocked in at 13.09 seconds.

Late Thursday, former Tigers hurdler Quincy Downing was second in his heat of the 400 hurdles in 49.94 seconds and advanced.

Also, former LSU star Rodney Brown was ninth in the qualifying of the discus with a throw of 193 feet and advanced to Friday night’s finals.

One other sprinter with Louisiana ties advanced Thursday night when Devin Jenkins, who competed for Southern before transferring to Texas A&M for the 2015 season, placed second in his first-round heat of the 200 meters.

Jenkins earned a spot in the semifinals despite his relatively slow time of 20.94 seconds because the top three finishers in each heat advanced automatically.

LSU senior-to-be Rebekah Wales did not qualify for the finals in the javelin as she was 18th with a throw of 167-1, while teammate Kymber Payne didn’t get through in the 400 hurdles with a time of 58.97 seconds.

Former LSU All-American Aaron Ernest didn’t advance in the 200 meters when he clocked a 21.16, while former Northwestern State star Justin Walker didn’t get through with a time of 20.60 seconds.

In men’s triple jump qualifying, Chalmette native Andre Dorsey and Northwestern State’s Aaron Williams both failed to make the finals.

Dorsey was 21st with a best of 51- ¼ and Williams was 22nd at 50-5¼ with only the top 12 competitors advancing to the finals.

UGENE, Ore. — Former LSU All-Americans Cassandra Tate and Jasmin Stowers cleared the first hurdles in their bid to earn spots on the U.S. Olympic track and field team Thursday night.

The former LSU stars and teammates won their first-round heats in the Olympic trials at Hayward Field with Tate coasting to a win in the 400-meter hurdles after Stowers advanced in the 100 hurdles.

Tate, the bronze medalist at the World Championships last August, posted a time of 55.93 seconds to earn a spot in Friday night’s semifinals.

Stowers, who came up just short in her bid to join Tate at the World Championships a year ago, came on strong to win her heat in the 100 hurdles and move on to Friday’s semis.

Stowers’ wind-legal time of 12.65 seconds was the third-fastest clocking of the first round.

Tenaya Jones, another former LSU athlete, also advanced to the semifinals in the 100 hurdles when she finished fourth in the heat that was won by Stowers. Jones’ clocked in at 13.09 seconds.

Late Thursday, former Tigers hurdler Quincy Downing was second in his heat of the 400 hurdles in 49.94 seconds and advanced.

Also, former LSU star Rodney Brown was ninth in the qualifying of the discus with a throw of 193 feet and advanced to Friday night’s finals.

One other sprinter with Louisiana ties advanced Thursday night when Devin Jenkins, who competed for Southern before transferring to Texas A&M for the 2015 season, placed second in his first-round heat of the 200 meters.

Jenkins earned a spot in the semifinals despite his relatively slow time of 20.94 seconds because the top three finishers in each heat advanced automatically.

LSU senior-to-be Rebekah Wales did not qualify for the finals in the javelin as she was 18th with a throw of 167-1, while teammate Kymber Payne didn’t get through in the 400 hurdles with a time of 58.97 seconds.

Former LSU All-American Aaron Ernest didn’t advance in the 200 meters when he clocked a 21.16, while former Northwestern State star Justin Walker didn’t get through with a time of 20.60 seconds.

In men’s triple jump qualifying, Chalmette native Andre Dorsey and Northwestern State’s Aaron Williams both failed to make the finals.

Dorsey was 21st with a best of 51- ¼ and Williams was 22nd at 50-5¼ with only the top 12 competitors advancing to the finals.