After wrapping up the indoor season last weekend, the LSU track and field teams will make their annual trip to the Ragin’ Cajuns Track Stadium on Friday and Saturday as they open the outdoor campaign at the Louisiana Classics.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers threw the javelin on Friday afternoon, while Saturday’s action continues at 10 a.m. with the field events.
The weekend will give LSU’s athletes not competing at the NCAA indoor championships an opportunity to get off to a fast start.
The Lady Tigers are coming off their fourth straight third-place finish at the indoor meet. The Tigers scored 15 points for a 15th-place team finish.
“This is always an important weekend for our teams because it gives our athletes returning from the NCAA indoor meet a chance to rest up and others the opportunity to get off to a fast start outdoors,” coach Dennis Shaver said.
TIGERS WIN AT N.C. STATE: In Raleigh, N.C., the fifth-ranked LSU gymnastics team knocked off N.C. State 196.925-196.050 in its final competition before the Southeastern Conference Championship.
LSU improved to 10-4 by scoring a 49.350 on vault, 49.200 on bars, 49.100 on beam and 49.275 on floor to finish with a 196.925.
Rheagan Courville picked up her nation-leading eighth all-around title of the season with a 39.550, and she also earned the vault title with a career-high tying 9.95, a share of the bars title with a 9.875 and a share of the beam title with a 9.85.
Sarie Morrison tied for the bars title with a 9.875.
MEN UPSET TEXAS A&M: In College Station, Texas, the LSU men picked up their first SEC win of the season in dramatic fashion over No. 11 Texas A&M 4-3.
With the match tied at 3, the Tigers (6-6, 1-4 SEC) pulled the upset with the help of Boris Arias against Texas A&M’s Niall Angus on court six in the singles matches. Arias took the first set 7-5 and Angus won set two 6-4. In the deciding third set, LSU came down to the final point twice, but Arias continued to battle and sent the set to a tiebreaker.
With the match on the line, Arias dominated the tiebreaker 7-1 to win the singles match 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (1).
TEXAS A&M SWEEPS TO WIN: LSU fell 7-0 to No. 3 Texas A&M on Friday at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.
LSU dropped to 7-8 overall and remained winless in SEC play at 0-5. The Aggies improved to 12-1 and 5-0.