Last year, the LSU senior won the 110 meter hurdles national championship at the same venue – Drake Stadium – with a thrilling 13.28 to clip 2010 national champion Andrew Riley (Illinois) by .05 seconds.
2012 NCAA Indoor 60 meter hurdles champion Jarrett Eaton (Syracuse) is also in the field, as is 60 meter hurdles runner-up Devon Hill (Miami).
The semifinals for the 110 meter hurdles are set for a 6:50 p.m. start time on Thursday.
The top qualifiers in Thursday’s races will run in the 110 meter relay finals on Saturday at 12:07 p.m.
In an interview with The Advocate, Nugent stated he feels more prepared for the NCAA Championships than he ever has before, citing a more gradual process through the early-season track meets that have him feeling fresher at this late juncture in the track season.
“My season is just starting,” he is quoted as saying. ““Because the season is so long you’re going to be completely done — especially in June — if you’re not careful about it. But I feel like I have another three or four months in me.”.”
Recently, Nugent has stated that he is readying himself for the Olympic Trials, which take place two weeks following the NCAA Championships.
Should he qualify for the Olympics, Nugent will take part in the 2012 London Olympic Games in early August.