After spending part of their spring break on the West Coast preparing for the meat of their outdoor schedule, the LSU track and field teams will wrap up their stay Saturday with a three-way meet against TCU and UCLA at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles.
The three teams will compete in the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, a competition named after two of UCLA’s greatest track and field stars.
The event will be scored as a double-dual event as LSU’s performances will be scored against UCLA and TCU using a 5-3-1 format in individual events and 5-0 format in relays.
UCLA will provide live results for the meet, which begins at 11 a.m. with the field events and 2:30 p.m. with the track events, at http://www.flashwest.com.
“We’re really pleased with the progression both of our teams have made through three weeks of the outdoor season, and we look for that to continue this weekend,” said LSU coach Dennis Shaver.
Saturday’s action will feature a number of LSU’s All-America and national championship hopefuls running their first races in the 200, 400 and 800 meters of the outdoor season.
A pair of NCAA indoor champions as Kimberlyn Duncan will line up in the 200 and Natoya Goule will step onto the track for the 800 for the first time outdoors in 2013.
After winning her third straight NCAA indoor title at 200 meters, the first male or female sprinter to accomplish that feat, Duncan will begin looking to claim a third consecutive NCAA outdoor title at that distance after winning the 100 title at the Texas Relays last weekend.
NO 4 GEORGIA BLANKS LSU: No. 32 LSU men’s tennis team (11-9, 3-6 SEC) suffers a 4-0 loss to No. 4 Georgia (16-4, 8-1 SEC) Friday.
“I thought Georgia played a very good match,” coach Jeff Brown said. “Doubles was relatively close, but they did a good job of getting a lead and really pouring it on.”
The Bulldogs looked to take control early in the doubles matches. LSU took the first doubles match with Chris Simpson and Boris Arias defeating Georgia’s Eric Diaz and Marco Nunez 8-6, but Georgia quickly came back and tied the doubles matches at 1-1, after Nathan Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux bested LSU’s Stefan Szacinski and Tam Trinh 8-4. The doubles point was clinched for Georgia by No. 6 Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland on court one after beating LSU’s Roger Anderson and Olivier Borsos 8-5.
Georgia clinched the match when Pieters scored a 6-1, 6-2 victory over LSU’s Trinh. The three remaining matches were left unfinished.
No. 4 Georgia 4, LSU 0
1. KU Singh (UGA) def. Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-2, 6-2; 2. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) vs. Nathan Pasha (UGA) 2-6, 2-4, unfinished; 3. Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU) 6-3, 6-4; 4. Mark Bowtell (LSU) vs. Austin Smith (UGA) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished; 5. Hernus Pieters (UGA) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-1, 6-2; 6. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) vs. Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) 6-3, 5-5, unfinished.
1. Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (UGA) def. Roger Anderson/Olivier Borsos (LSU) 8-5; 2. Nathan Pasha/Garrett Brasseaux (UGA) def. Stefan Szacinski/Tam Trinh (LSU) 8-4; 3. Chris Simpson/Boris Arias (LSU) def. Eric Diaz/Marco Nunez (UGA) 8-6.
TIGERS WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON AT AGGIE INVITATIONAL: The 15th-ranked men’s golf team will take to the links one final time before the start of the postseason when the Tigers compete in the Aggie Invitational hosted by Texas A&M University at Traditions Golf Club.
The Traditions Golf Club will play to a par 72 and 7,146 yards for the two-day, 54-hole championship.
The field includes: No. 2-ranked Alabama, No. 4 Washington, No. 5 UCLA, No. 10 Duke, No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Arkansas, No. 21 Kent State, No. 23 Texas A&M, No. 32 Oklahoma, No. 33 North Texas and No. 45 Texas Tech.
LSU will be led by Andrew Presley, who is the teams leading scorer at 72.6 strokes per round, and will be joined in the lineup by Stewart Jolly, Myles Lewis, Curtis Thompson and freshman Zach Wright.
LSU IN FIFTH AFTER ONE ROUND OF REBEL: In Oxford, Miss., Madelene Sagstrom and Lindsay Gahm each posted rounds of 1-under par 71 to help the Lady Tigers to a 3-over par total of 291 after the first round Friday of the Rebel Intercollegiate at the Ole Miss Golf Course.
LSU’s is tied for fifth in the team event with Kentucky seven shots out of the lead of Coastal Carolina at 4-under par 284. Mississippi State and Baylor are tied for second at 1-over 289, while East Tennessee State is fourth at 290.
The individual leaders at 5-under par 67 are Hayley Davis of Baylor, Chloe Garner of East Tennessee State and Madison Opfer of Tulane.
1. Coastal Carolina 284 -4; 2. Baylor 289 +1; 2. Mississippi State 289 +1; 4. East Tennessee State 290 +2; 5. LSU 291 +3; 5. Kentucky 291 +3; 7. Tulane 293 +5; 8. Harvard 299 +11; 9. Furman 300 +12; 10. Ole Miss 301 +13; 11. Minnesota 303 +15; 12. Tulsa 305 +17; 13. Redlands CC 307 +19; 13. Southern Mississippi 307 +19; 15. Missouri 310 +22; 16. Troy 312 +24; 17. Memphis 314 +26; 18. Murray State 317 +29.
T8. Madelene Sagstrom, 71 -1; T8. Lindsay Gahm, 71 -1; T17. Elise Bradley, 73 +1; T43. Ali Lucas, 76 +4; T43. Nadine Dreher, 76 +4; T53. Katrina Hegge 77 +5.
GEORGIA BLANKS LSU: In Athens, LSU (8-13; 1-10 SEC) fell 7-0 to the third-ranked Georgia (16-2; 9-1 SEC) on Friday.
“I was very happy with the way we competed today and responded after a tough doubles point,” coach Julia S. Sell said. “We have been playing an extremely tough schedule, and I am really proud of the girls for keeping such a positive attitude and continuing to improve. This is a very good Georgia team that is going to make a run at a national championship. They really proved today why they are No. 3 in the country.”
The Lady Tigers will conclude the weekend against the No. 28 Tennessee at noon Sunday at the LSU Varsity Tennis Courts.
Georgia 7, LSU 0
1. Lauren Herring (UGA) def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-2, 6-2; 2. Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Ella Taylor (LSU) 6-0, 6-2; 3. Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 6-4, 6-4; 4. Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Ariel Morton (LSU) 6-1, 6-0; 5. Ayaka Okuno (UGA) def. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 6-0, 6-0; 6. Mia King (UGA) def. Caroline Hudson (LSU) 6-2, 6-4.
1. Silvia Garcia/Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Mary Jeremiah/Ariel Morton (LSU) 8-1; 2. #59 Lauren Herring/Maho Kowase (UGA) vs. Ebie Wilson/Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 6-2, unfinished; 3. Mia King/Ayaka Okuno (UGA) def. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor (LSU) 8-2.