Star sprinters highlight Tigers’ class of signees

The LSU men’s track and field program added firepower in the sprints and immediate depth in the middle distance events and jumps with the announcement of six spring signees to national letters of intent.

The Tigers welcomed junior-college national champion Vernon Norwood (Morgan City) and prep standouts Tremayne Acy (Dallas) and Jeryl Brazil (Loranger) to their vaunted sprint squad.

The team also added Blair Henderson (Lake Charles) to its middle distance group, as well as horizontal jumper Jonathan Pitt (South Brunswick Township, N.J.) and pole vaulter Cameron Robichaux (Mandeville).

Norwood has captured three national titles and four All-America honors during his two-year career with South Plains College.

Brazil, also an LSU football signee, considered one of the nation’s top defensive back recruits. He has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s elite sprinters, highlighted by a national championship in the boys 60-meter dash during his appearance at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York.

A six-time Louisiana state champion, Brazil has set personal bests of 6.25 in the 55 meters, 6.70 in the 60 meters, 10.36 in the 100 meters and 20.81 (wind-aided) in the 200 meters.

Women’s track

DUNCAN EARNS SEC WEEKLY HONOR: LSU sprint star Kimberlyn Duncan was named Southeastern Conference Women’s Runner of the Week after opening up the outdoor season as the NCAA leader in the 100-meter dash Saturday afternoon at the Texas Relays.

Duncan sprinted to a wind-aided 11.06 seconds, becoming only the third Lady Tiger to win back-to-back 100-meter titles at the Texas Relays. She joined LSU greats Cheryl Taplin (1993-94) and Muna Lee (2003-04).

Duncan also ran the second leg on two of LSU’s relays.

This marks the third time this season and the 10th time in her collegiate career that Duncan has been honored as the SEC Women’s Runner of the Week.

Community service

DASINGER, IEYOUB NOMINATED FOR SCHOLARSHIP: LSU swimmer Timmy Dasinger and soccer player Natalie Ieyoub are LSU’s nominees for the SEC Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship, the league office announced Tuesday.

In total, 28 SEC student-athletics — one male and one female from each of the SEC’s 14 institutions — are candidates for the award, which will be announced Friday. Last year’s Davis Award recipients were LSU’s Cullen Doody and Alabama’s Leigh Gilmore, both cross country and track and field athletes.

The Davis Award recipients each receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC. The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship.

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