Current, former LSU track athletes advance to World Championships

Current and former members of the LSU track and field program qualified for the IAAF World Championships over the weekend.

At the Jamaican Senior Championships, Natoya Goule and Damar Forbes joined past greats Nickiesha Wilson and Isa Phillips in qualifying for the world championships.

Goule became the first Lady Tiger in program history to break the two-minute barrier (1 minute, 59.93 seconds) to win the 800 meters, and Forbes posted a lifetime personal record (27 feet, ¾ inches) to win the long jump.

Wilson and Phillips will each make their fourth career appearance at the world championships after Wilson raced to a new seasonal best of 54.94 in Friday’s final of the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Phillips posted a third-place finish in the men’s 400-meter hurdles (50.13).

Additionally, former Lady Tiger Kelly-Ann Baptiste set two Trinidad & Tobago national records while sweeping women’s 100-meter and 200-meter titles at the Sagicor National Open Championships at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port-of-Spain.

Baptiste will be joined on Trinidad & Tobago’s world championship team by former Tiger national champion Richard Thompson, who qualified in the men’s 100 meters.

Baptiste posted a world-leading personal best of 10.83 seconds for her seventh 100-meter title in nine seasons at the Sagicor National Open Track & Field Championships.

Baptiste claimed the 200-meter title with a second with a PR run of 22.36 (+0.3) to break her own mark of 22.60 set during the 2009 season.

Thompson turned in a wind-aided 9.91 (+3.2) to take second in the 100 meters.

Two other former LSU All-Americans also won event titles as Jamaal James defended the men’s 800 meters in 1:49.22 seconds and Kyron Blaise won the men’s long jump with a wind-aided mark of 25 feet, 10 inches.