With the indoor portion of their schedule behind them, the LSU track and field program turns its attention to the outdoors this weekend.
The Tigers kick off their outdoor schedule Friday and Saturday in the Hurricane Invitational at the University of Miami.
It’s the first of seven weekends of competition in the regular season before coach Dennis Shaver’s team hosts the Southeastern Conference championships in mid-May.
Taking advantage of spring break, LSU’s full team has been training in Miami since Tuesday after wrapping up the NCAA indoor championships last weekend. The women tied for 11th, the men tied for 48th.
With a heavy week of training under their belts, the Tigers, as usual, will ease into the outdoor season — especially for many of the athletes who qualified for the NCAA championships.
LSU typically fields much stronger teams in the outdoor season. That’s because events like the 4×100-meter relay, 400-meter hurdles, hammer, javelin and discus are not contested indoors.
Among the Tigers who have yet to compete in their signature events are Sean Burrell, the two-time defending NCAA champion in the 400 hurdles, and Tzuriel Pedigo, who claimed the NCAA javelin title in 2021.
The Hurricane Invitational gets under way Friday with the men’s and women’s hammer, discus, pole vault and high jump along with 3,000-meter runs.
The meet continues Saturday with more field events — shot put, javelin, long jump and triple jump — and 10 events on the track, including the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
LSU will begin preparing Monday for its home opener Saturday in Bernie Moore Track Stadium. The Battle on the Bayou will be the first of four regular-season home meets for the Tigers.
Shaver’s team will also host the Lloyd Wills Invitational (April 8), the Alumni Gold meet (April 22) and the LSU Invitational (April 29).
The SEC championships, which Bernie Moore Stadium last hosted in 2012, are set for Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13.
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