BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU’s track and field team gears up for the SEC Championships from May 11-13 at the Bernie Moore Track & Field Stadium in Baton Rouge, as the team looks to kick off its 2023 outdoor postseason campaign on home turf this week.
The Tigers have a total of 54 athletes, with 29 men and 25 women, entered for the three-day SEC Championships, which will be streamed on SEC Network+. The broadcasting team includes John Anderson, Dan O’Brien, Larra Overton, and Dwight Stones.
The meet starts at 11:30 a.m. CT on Thursday and wraps up at around 7:50 p.m. on Saturday, with the final broadcast set to air on the SEC Network at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Read more: When is the 2023 SEC Outdoor Championship, and how to watch?
In the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association Ratings Index, both the men’s and women’s teams are ranked No. 6 nationally. According to the most recent SEC ratings index, the LSU women’s team is expected to finish in sixth place, while the men’s team is projected to finish second.
The Lady Tigers lead the conference with 13 SEC women’s titles heading into the meet and are expected to score 76 points based on their conference rankings. Michaela Rose, who has the fastest time in the nation and the SEC in the 800-meter with a time of 1:59.08, is projected to score 18 points.
She is also slated to score points in the 1500 meter and the 4×400-meter relay. Lorena Rangel-Batres and Alia Armstrong are also expected to score double-digit points.
Meanwhile, the LSU men’s team is projected to score 79 points based on their conference rankings, and all eyes will be on the 4×100 team, which holds the nation-leading time of 38.26 seconds from the last home meet of the season.
Brandon Hicklin, Dorian Camel, Da’Marcus Fleming, and Godson Oghenebrume are projected to score 10 points in the relay and 27 points in all other events combined.
Fleming, who ranks second in the SEC with a time of 10.06 seconds, is expected to lead the scoring charge for the Tigers, running in the 100, 200, and 4×100. Oghenebrume is also projected to score 20 points as he leads the SEC in the 100 and anchors the nation’s best 4×100.
Athletes must finish in the top eight of their respective events to score at the SEC meet, with event winners being named to the First Team All-Conference, and those who finish in second or third place earning a spot on the Second Team. LSU currently holds 34 spots in the SEC’s top eight rankings.
Despite being out for most of the outdoor season, Favour Ofili and Brianna Lyston will both return to the 4×100 team for the weekend and compete in their first few individual-event races of the season.
Ofili, the 2022 outdoor SEC 100, 200, and 4×100 champion, will run individually in the 100 and 200, while Lyston is expected to run in the 200 alongside Ofili.