By Dig Staff
Former LSU track star Richard Thompson set the Trinidad & Tobago 100-meter dash record with a time of 9.82 at the Sagicor National Championships held in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad this past weekend.
Thompson broke a national record that he had previously set back in 2011 when he was clocked at 9.85.
In addition to setting his country’s record, Thompson also now holds the fastest 100-meter time of 2014, narrowly edging out American Justin Gatlin’s time of 9.86 that was set just last week.
As a part of the LSU track team from 2005 to 2008, Thompson became one of the most decorated athletes in the school’s history. He is a five-time Southeastern Conference champion, eight-time All-American, a four-time national champion and still holds the record for the fastest collegiate 100-meter time of 9.89 that he set in 2008 – the same year that he was named the NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.
Following LSU, Thompson participated in the last two Olympics. In the 2008 Beijing Games, he finished second to Usain Bolt in the 100 meters with a time of 9.84 and was awarded a silver medal.
He picked up another silver medal in Beijing as the anchor of Trinidad & Tobago’s 4×100 relay team.
Already heavily decorated, Thompson now is looking forward to the upcoming IAAF World Championships, also to be held in Beijing. After that, he plans on participating in his third Olympics Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.
LSU Golf’s Jolly Takes Northeaster Amateur Crown
Following a junior campaign in which he picked up All-American honors, LSU golfer Stewart Jolly built off that momentum this past weekend as he won the 53rd Northeast Amateur Invitational Golf Tournament.
Jolly led for the entirety of the four-day tournament and was the only golfer to shoot under par as he carded a 72-hole score of -2 to win the event at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhose Island.
His LSU-teammate, Curtis Thompson, also had a good showing. Thompson finished tied for 12th with a 6-over par.
Jolly’s focuses now shift to next week as he travels to Surrey, England where he and the rest of Team USA will take on Team Europe in the 2014 Palmer Cup.
Nola Makes Pro Debut
Fresh off of his first round draft selection, former-LSU pitcher Aaron Nola made his Minor League Baseball debut on Monday with the Philadelphia Phillies Class A-Advanced club, the Clearwater Thrashers.
Things started off well enough for Nola, throwing two scoreless innings. However, he then five runs (four earned) on three hits and three walks before getting pulled with just one out in the third inning.
The Thrashers went on to lose 5-2 to the Lakeland Thrashers who also have a couple of former-Tigers in Nate Fury and Tyler Hanover.