Stars come out for SEC track championships that begin Thursday at LSU

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The Southeastern Conference track and field championships begin a three-day run Thursday at LSU with more than a few of the sports biggest names vying for individual and team honors.

It all starts Thursday at 11:30 a.m. with the first event of the two-day men’s decathlon being run with Georgia’s Kyle Garland lining up in the 100 meters.

Garland, who earned a spot on the U.S. team for the world championships last summer, has a personal- and collegiate-record total of 8,720 points in the 10-event test.

The women’s seven-event heptathlon begins at noon along with the field events, while track events start at 5:30 p.m. with prelims in the 800 meters, 200 and 400 hurdles.

Finals scheduled on Thursday are the men’s and women’s hammer, men’s and women’s javelin and men’s and women’s 10,000 meters.

In addition to Garland, four other athletes come into the meet with collegiate records.

They are Arkansas’ Britton Wilson (women’s 400, 49.48), Kentucky’s Masai Russell (women’s 100 hurdles, 12.36), Florida’s Jasmine Moore (women’s triple jump, 49 feet, 7¼ inches) and Alabama’s Eliud Kipsang (men’s 1,500, 3 minutes, 33.74 seconds).

Also, Arkansas’ women’s 4×400-meter relay team set a collegiate record in winning the title at the NCAA indoor meet with a 3:21.75.

Arkansas’ men and women swept the indoor national titles in March, while Florida’s men and women were crowned national champions at the NCAA outdoor more last June.

Five of the top six men’s teams in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s computer rankings are in the meet.

Arkansas is No. 1 on the men’s side followed by No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Tennessee and No. 6 LSU.

SEC women’s teams hold down seven of the nation’s Top 10 spots going into the conference meet, a group that’s led by No. 2 Florida.

The Gators are followed by No. 3 Arkansas, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Kentucky and No. 10 Ole Miss.

Thursday’s schedule

Field events

Noon: Men’s hammer (f)

2:15 p.m.: Women’s hammer (f)

4:45 p.m.: Men’s javelin (f)

6:45 p.m.: Women’s javelin (f)

Track events

5:30 p.m.: Men’s 800 (p)

5:50 p.m.: Women’s 800 (p)

6:10 p.m.: Men’s 200 (p)

6:35 p.m.: Women’s 200 (p)

7 p.m.: Men’s 400 hurdles (p)

7:20 p.m.: Women’s 400 hurdles (p)

7:40 p.m.: Men’s 10,000 (f)

8:15 p.m.: Women’s 10,000 (f)

Men’s decathlon (Day 1)

11:30 a.m., 100; 12:10 p.m., long jump; 1:10 p.m., shot put; 2:10 p.m., high jump; 4:15 p.m.; 400.

Women’s heptathlon (Day 1)

Noon, 100 hurdles; 12:45 p.m., high jump; 2:45 p.m., shot put; 4 p.m., 200.

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