LSU track to have three athletes in world junior meet

EUGENE, Ore. — The LSU track and field program will be represented by three athletes in the IAAF World Junior Championships that get underway Tuesday at Hayward Field.

Two of the athletes who qualified with top-two performances at the USA Junior Championships earlier this month — Jada Martin and Rebekah Wales — competed for the Lady Tigers as freshmen last season.

Competing for Jamaica will be Daeshon Gordon, who will be a freshman at LSU this fall.

Martin, who was LSU’s top freshman sprinter until suffering a hamstring injury in April, was the runner-up in the 200 meters at the USA junior meet with a wind-legal personal best of 23.02 seconds. She will step on the track Thursday for the qualifying round of the 200 meters.

Wales finished second in the javelin at the USA junior meet. Wales, who has a career best of 166 feet, 11 inches, will compete Tuesday night.

Gordon, who attended Northeast High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is one of the top signees of LSU’s heralded 2015 recruiting class. She will compete this week in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles.

Gordon will line up in the qualifying round of the 400 hurdles Thursday, with the preliminary rounds of the 100 hurdles beginning Friday. She’s run a wind-aided time of 13.46 seconds in the 100 hurdles and has a best of 58.70 in the 400 hurdles.

The six-day international meet will be held in the United States for the first time.