After breaking his own meet and school records in the discus at the Penn Relays, LSU senior Rodney Brown was honored as the Southeastern Conference field athlete of the week Tuesday.
It’s the third time this season that Brown, who won the Penn Relays title with a throw of 213 feet, 5 inches, has earned the SEC honor.
Brown won the Penn Relays competition on his second throw. His 213-5 performance broke his meet record of 210-10 by 2½ feet and his school record of 212-2, which were both set during his junior season.
The big throw also extended his national lead. His previous best of 209-8 won the Texas Relays title March 27.
Brown is undefeated this season, winning all six competitions he has entered.
With solid performances in the Penn Relays last weekend, the men’s and women’s teams both moved up in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association polls.
The Tigers moved up two spots to No. 2 behind Texas A&M, while the Lady Tigers climbed seven spots to No. 8 going into the regular-season finale Saturday — the LSU Invitational in Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
This marks the first time in the outdoor season the USTFCCCA national power rankings have been calculated using performances recorded this spring by individual athletes.
Two Tigers, Brown and quartermiler Vernon Norwood, are atop the descending order list in their respective events.
Brown extended his national lead in the discus with a throw of 213-5 in the Penn Relays last weekend, and Norwood, who also runs on the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams, recorded a nation’s-best time of 44.44 seconds in the 400 meters in the LSU Alumni Gold meet.
The Tigers also have the second-fastest time in the nation this season in the 4x100 and are third in the 4x400.
The Lady Tigers’ Tori Bliss ranks third in the shot put while. The 4x100 relay unit is third.
Stowers clocks world-best
Former LSU All-American Jasmin Stowers turned in a post-collegiate breakout performance Saturday when she won the 100-meter hurdles title at the Drake Relays with a world-leading time of 12.40 seconds.
In what was billed as a Beijing World Championships preview, Stowers defeated Dawn Harper-Nelson, who won gold at the 2008 Olympics and silver in 2012, and reigning world champion Brianna Rollins.
In her first professional season, Stowers, a seven-time All-American at LSU, won by more than three-tenths of a second with a legal tailwind of 1.5 meters per second. Harper-Nelson (12.71), Kristi Castlin (12.72) and Rollins (12.75) followed.
Stowers’ time makes her the 12th-fastest hurdler in world history and puts her fifth on the all-time U.S. list.
Another former LSU star, Cassandra Tate, won the 400 hurdles title at the Drake Relays. Her winning time of 55.68 seconds was the third-fastest in the world this season.
USTFCCCA Top 25
1, Texas A&M. 2, LSU. 3, Florida. 4, USC. 5, Oregon. 6, Texas Tech. 7, Texas. 8, Virginia. 9, Alabama. 10, Georgia. 11, Baylor. 12, Arkansas. 13, Mississippi State. 14, South Carolina. 15, Penn State. 16, BYU. 17, Illinois. 18, Tennessee. 19, Clemson. 20, Florida State. 21, Syracuse. 22, Villanova. 23, TCU. 24, Arizona. 25, Akron.
1. USC. 2, Arkansas. 3, Florida. 4, Kentucky. 5, Georgia. 6, Oregon. 7, Texas. 8, LSU. 9, Texas A&M. 10, Kansas State. 11, Baylor. 12, Texas Tech. 13, Michigan State. 14, North Carolina. 15, Clemson. 16, Notre Dame. 17, Kansas. 18, Florida State. 19, Virginia Tech. 20, Alabama. 21, Oklahoma State. 22, Mississippi State. 23, Oklahoma. 24, Missouri. 25, Michigan.