SACRAMENTO, Calif. — LSU’s Lynnika Pitts captured the bronze medal in the women’s triple jump at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a career-best wind-aided mark of 44-6 ¼ on Thursday at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium.

Also, LSU’s Vernon Norwood won his qualifying heat in the men’s 400-meter dash with a run of 45.39 seconds.

Norwood will compete in the semifinal round of the men’s 400 meters on Friday at 9:54 p.m.

Three former LSU All-Americans advanced to Friday’s semifinals in the 800 meters, led by former Lady Tiger LaTavia Thomas, who qualified in ninth place overall with her heat winning time of 2:02.39.

She will be joined in the women’s semifinal by former Lady Tiger Charlene Lipsey, who qualified in 15th place overall with her time of 2:03.50 for second place in the second heat.

Former Tiger Richard Jones raced to a seasonal best of 1:47.72 to finish fifth in a quick opening heat for ninth place overall in the qualifying round of the men’s 800 meters.

Former Lady Tiger All-American Kenyanna Wilson sprinted to the finish line in 11.53 (-0.2) to earn a sixth-place finish in the first heat in the 100 meters and finish in 14th place overall in qualifying to advance to Friday’s semifinal round as the third-fastest qualifier on time.

LSU’s Tori Bliss earned a 12th-place finish in the women’s shot put competition. In her first career USA Championships, Bliss qualified for the final with a qualifying mark of 55-2 ¼ earlier in the day before throwing 52-7 ½ in the final.