Terrance Laird

Terrance Laird crosses the finish line after making Texas Relay history in the 200-meter dash on March 28, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Courtesy LSU Athletics

Following their strong outdoor performance at the 93rd annual Texas Relays, the LSU women’s and men’s track and field teams are both ranked first in the USTFCCCA rankings.

Six Tigers secured an event title, and LSU has a leading 25 top-10 national marks within the first two weeks of outdoor competition.

Terrance Laird ran a stunning 200-meter dash with a time of 19.81 seconds, making it the fastest time ever ran at the Texas Relays. With this performance, Laird left Austin with the Men’s Performer of the Meet and the second fastest time run in LSU history.

It was announced by USTFCCCA on Tuesday that Laird is the National Athlete of the Week.

Tonea Marshall won her second consecutive Texas Relay in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.75 seconds. Joining her on the charts was Alia Armstrong in second with a time of 12.85, Milan Young in fourth with a 13.06 mark and Brittley Humprhrey secured eighth place with a 13.41.

Damion Thomas ran a 13.22 in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, making it his personal best and his second career title at the Texas Relays. Thomas also broke the previous school record of 13.32 with his mark.

Jurnee Woodward won her second consecutive Texas Relay title with a personal best of 56.64. Woodward was followed by her teammate, Milan Young, who ran a 56.94, placing second.

The women’s 4x100 (Tonea Marshall, Favour Ofili, Symone Mason, and Thelma Davies) meter relay secured a title with a time of 42.87.

Katy-Ann McDonald became the first LSU woman to ever win the 800-meter at the Texas Relay. McDonald made history with a time of 2:06:84.

Brittley Humphrey placed fourth with a time of 57.54 while freshman Leah Phillips ran a personal best of 58.19 during her Texas Relay debut.

Lisa Gunnarson set the school record in the women’s pole vault with a jump of 14-feet-9-inches. Although Gunnarsson made history, she finished third overall.

Other notable performance over the course of the Tigers three-day trip to Austin include Thelma Davies placing third in the 200-meter (22.89) and the men’s 4x100-meter relay placing second with a time of 38.70. Jake Norris also secured second place with a throw of 227 feet and 1 inch in shotput.

The Tigers return to action at Bernie Moore Track Stadium April 3 in the Battle on the Bayou.

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