LSU senior and former NV Patriot Barrett Nugent made history of his own as he became the first LSU Tiger to win three-straight SEC Outdoor titles in the 110-meter hurdles with a victory in his final SEC Championship as he paced the Tigers to a second-place finish in the final men’s team standings with 118 points for the weekend.
Nugent led the charge for the Tigers on the final day of the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Sunday as they totaled 90 points on the day for second place with 118 points overall.
After claiming back-to-back SEC Outdoor titles in the 110-meter hurdles as a sophomore in 2010 and as a junior in 2011, Nugent lined up in Sunday’s final with an opportunity to become LSU’s first three-time champion in the sprint hurdles in the 80th edition of the men’s SEC Outdoor Championships.
Nugent led from the start as he separated himself from the rest of the field over the fifth and sixth hurdles, while cruising to an easy victory in 13.40 (+2.7) and bringing the home crowd to its feet in celebration of his historic achievement. Florida’s Eddie Lovett finished runner-up to Nugent with a time of 13.65w.
The reigning NCAA champion is the first LSU Tiger in history to win three-straight SEC titles in the 110-meter hurdles, and the first athlete to do so since South Carolina’s Terrence Trammell in 1998-2000.
“It’s great winning a race at home,” Nugent said of his victory at Bernie Moore Stadium. “There’s a really special value in the fact that this year’s meet is at home. I have a lot of people from Vermilion Parish here, my family and a lot of people from back home. Especially with it being Mother’s Day, it’s great that I have my mom and everybody in my family here to watch me run.”
LSU junior Kimberlyn Duncan seems to make history each time she steps onto the track, and Sunday’s finale at the 2012 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships was no exception as she swept 100-meter and 200-meter titles in record-breaking fashion to guide the Lady Tigers to their fifth SEC Outdoor crown in six seasons at Bernie Moore Stadium.
LSU Track & Field captured its 50th SEC crown all-time. The men and women have now claimed a total of 25 SEC team titles.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers will now turn their attention to the NCAA Championships, as they make their trip to Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 24-26 for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds being held at the University of North Florida with the first and second rounds of the national meet.
The semifinal and final rounds of the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, are slated for June 6-9 at Drake Stadium at Drake University.