LSU track and field program begins stretch of home meets Saturday with Battle on the Bayou

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LSU’s track and field will have its talent on display from its home base, Bernie Moore Track Stadium, with four home meets this month, beginning with Saturday’s Battle on the Bayou.

The Tigers are getting into the teeth of their outdoor regular season with five meets this month with the intention of getting ready for the SEC Championships in mid-May in Oxford, Miss.

LSU will host meets on the weekends of the 2nd, 9th (Joe May Invitational), 23rd (LSU Alumni Gold), and April 30th (LSU Invitational).

Admission to all LSU home track and field meets is free.

Saturday’s action for the main part of the meet runs from 1-3:45 p.m. CT. LSU’s first athlete in competition will be Brock Meyer in the pole vault at 11:30 a.m. A full competition guide for the Tigers can be viewed at the link above.

Sean Burrell, a member of The Bowerman Watch List, is set to make his outdoor individual debut this weekend. He’s set to run the 400 meters at 1:55 p.m. Favour Ofili will also run her first individual race of the outdoor season after finishing second in the 200 meters at the NCAA indoor meet. Ofili has looked strong the last two weeks as the anchor of LSU’s 400 relay squad.

Leah Phillips, a 2022 NCAA Indoor first team All-American in the 60-meter hurdles, will open up in the 100-meter hurdles after a few weekends of relay work to start the outdoor season. Alia Armstrong, the reigning USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, will run in the 200.

LSU will have seven women’s entries into the 1,500 meter run that goes off at 1:10 p.m. Lorena Rangel, Sara Funderburk, Katy-Ann McDonald, and Alicia Stamey will be the ones to watch. Rangel owns the No. 4 time in LSU history in the event with her PR of 4:19.98 that she ran in 2021.

Da’Marcus Fleming, currently ranked No. 9 in the NCAA with a career best of 10.21 in the 100 meters, will be double dipping on Saturday with the 100 at 2:10 p.m. and the 200 at 2:55 p.m. Indoor school record holder in the mile, Davis Bove, will run his first ever 3,000-meter steeplechase at 12:45 p.m., and four-time All-American Amber Anning will open up her individual account in the outdoor 400 meter dash for the 2022 outdoor season at 1:50 p.m.

Numerous LSU alumni will also be competing. Mikiah Brisco, the 2022 world silver medalist in the 60-meter dash, will be competing in the 200. Tokyo Olympians Aleia Hobbs and Vernon Norwood will be opening up their individual accounts outdoors; Hobbs will run her premier event, the 100-meter dash, while Norwood will get some speed work in the 200. The Tiger Olympian 4×100 meter relay is set to feature Brisco, Hobbs, Quanesha Burks, and Lolo Jones.

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