Baton Rouge, La. – The 2019 yearly Track & Field News rankings were released recently and the LSU track and field program was strongly represented in a number of events. The Tigers had a total of 13 current and former athletes recognized by the publication for their 2019 seasons.
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Mondo Duplantis (pole vault) and Aleia Hobbs (100 meters), both who compete professionally these days, were labeled as top-10 athletes in the world in their respective events. As the 2019 world silver medalist, Duplantis checks in at No. 2 in the world rankings after a stellar 2019 campaign. The Lafayette, La., native won two SEC titles, an NCAA indoor title, and won his first Diamond League event as a professional in June at the Stanford DL meeting. His season-best clearance of 6.00 meters (19’ 8.25”), which he cleared twice during the season, ranked as the third-best in the world for the 2019 season.
Hobbs checks in at No. 9 in the world after her 2019 campaign. Her season-best was a wind-aided 10.83 seconds that she ran at the LSU Alumni Gold meet in April, and she won the Shanghai Diamond League meet with a readout of 11.03 May. While Hobbs rated as the No. 2 American sprinter on the list, six athletes who are set to compete for LSU during the 2020 season also made the top-10 American list.
JuVaughn Harrison, who won swept NCAA long jump and high jump titles at the NCAA outdoor meet in June, was ranked by T&F News as the third-best high jumper and fifth-best long jumper in America during the 2019 season. Rayvon Grey, the 2019 NCAA indoor champion in the long jump, earned the No. 10 spot on the long jumping list in the USA.
Three of LSU’s current hurdlers were recognized in the top 10 lists. Tonea Marshall (100-meter hurdles), Brittley Humphrey (400-meter hurdles) and Jurnee Woodward (400-meter hurdles) were all honored for their efforts a season ago. Marshall, the LSU school record holder in the 100-meter hurdles, was the seventh-best short hurdler in America last season; Humphrey (No. 9) and Woodward (No. 10) occupied the final two spots on the 2019 American list in the 400-meter hurdles.
Tzuriel Pedigo, who will make his debut for the Tigers in the spring of 2020, earned the No. 5 spot on the American list in the javelin throw.
Other LSU Alums
The other five LSU alums popped up in the American rankings to close the 2019 season. Sha’Carri Richardson got the nod as the No. 3 100 meter sprinter and No. 5 200 meter sprinter in America after her 2019 season. She set the collegiate record of 10.75 in the 100 meters (ninth fastest in world history) in June and won The Bowerman in December. Lynnika Pitts (No. 4/triple jump), Michael Cherry (No. 6/400 meters), Cassandra Tate (No. 6/400 meter hurdles), and Rodney Brown (No. 7/discus) were the final LSU alumni to earn top-10 distinctions.
The rankings from Track & Field News weigh athletes on honors won, win-loss record, and sequence of marks over the course of the season. The full list of Track & Field News rankings can be found at trackandfieldnews.com.
13 LSU Track and Field stars recognized by Track and Field News. What an impressive honor for such a storied program.
Because it’s an Olympic year, and in most cases, a top-three finish at the USA Olympic Trials in your respective event will help you qualify for the Olympics as an American. The 2020 USA trials will take place June 19-28 in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field with the Olympics taking place a little over a month later in Tokyo.
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