LSU track returns to Texas Relays

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGLSU track coach Dennis Shaver, left, speaks with longtime track official E.L. Gueho at the 2012 LSU Relays at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGLSU track coach Dennis Shaver, left, speaks with longtime track official E.L. Gueho at the 2012 LSU Relays at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

AUSTIN, Texas — Members of the LSU track and field team return to the site of one of its top performances of the 2012 season this week when the Tigers and Lady Tigers take part in the prestigious Texas Relays.

The Lady Tigers were honored last spring as the Most Outstanding Team of the Texas Relays, while sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan was named as the Most Outstanding Performer of the four-day competition.

LSU won a total of eight events at last year’s meet. That included a meet-record four relay titles as the Lady Tigers won the 4x100 and 4x200 as well as the sprint medley and distance medley relays. The men’s team also won the 4x400 invitational relay — giving LSU five relay titles in all.

This year’s meet begins Wednesday morning with the multi-events. LSU freshman Therese Jernbeck will take part in her first collegiate heptathlon beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Field events will begin Thursday at 12:30 p.m., with the meet continuing Friday and Saturday.

As one of the premier attractions of the outdoor season, the Texas Relays provides an early-season look at many of the programs that are expected to be in the title hunt at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.

“We look forward to making it back to Austin each spring to compete in an event like the Texas Relays,” said LSU coach Dennis Shaver. “We always get a chance to see where we are as a team early in the spring.

“This meet attracts many of the teams we’ll be competing with for a national championship later this summer. It’s important that we know where we are at this stage against the best our sport has to offer.”

Duncan will be one of the athletes to watch at the meet.

The 2012 Bowerman Award winner is tied as the No. 6-ranked 100-meter sprinter in collegiate history under all conditions.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers have combined for 70 relay titles, including 40 by the women, since the inaugural Texas Relays event was first held in 1925.