June 10, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – The LSU Tigers kicked off Friday’s finale to the men’s NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a record-setting win in the 4×100-meter relay and ended the day with a sweep of NCAA relay titles with a victory in the 4×400-meter relay en route to a fifth-place team finish at Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Their team of freshman Jaron Flournoy, junior Renard Howell, junior Tremayne Acy and junior Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake had lined up as the most dominant sprint relay team throughout the 2016 season, and went out as national champions after running a Hayward Field record of 38.42 seconds to win the ninth NCAA title in the event in school history.
With one national championship and a Hayward Field record already under their belts, the Tigers were crowned champions of the 4×400-meter relay with a winning 3 minutes, 0.69 seconds in their final event.
LSU has fielded the most dominant 4×400-meter relay team in collegiate track and field in recent years, and junior LaMar Bruton, junior Michael Cherry, senior Cyril Grayson and senior Fitzroy Dunkley won the program its third-straight national championship in the event while defending their NCAA Outdoor crown from a year ago. They were the same foursome crowned NCAA Indoor Champions earlier this season.
The Tigers were crowned NCAA relay champions in both the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays for the third time in school history after also doubling in 2003 and 2006. Florida was the last school to win NCAA titles in both events on the final day of the 2013 season also held at Oregon’s Hayward Field.
LSU’s men cracked the Top 5 of the final team standings with their performance as they totaled 41 points on the final day of the competition for fifth place overall. The Florida Gators reclaimed the NCAA Outdoor team title they last won four years ago in 2013, while Arkansas followed in second with 56 points, Texas A&M trailed in third with 50 points and Oregon rounded out the trophy teams in fourth with 48 points.
The Southeastern Conference actually featured six of the top-seven teams in the final men’s standings as Tennessee finished sixth with 30 points and Mississippi State was seventh with 22 points behind the Tigers.
Check back later tonight for the full men’s meet report, courtesy of LSUsports.net.