Baton Rouge, La. – Terrance Laird (Men’s Runner of the Week) and Thelma Davies (Women’s Freshman of the Week) were honoured by the SEC on Tuesday afternoon as athletes of the week after their performances at the Tyson Invitational over the weekend.
Laird ran a world-leading personal best of 20.43 seconds in the 200m dash on Saturday afternoon to take gold in his event. It’s also the top time in the NCAA this season, and it ranks No. 2 in LSU history. The native of Coatesville, Pa., also ran a personal best of 6.66 in the 60m dash to rank sixth in the SEC on Friday evening.
It’s Davies’ second-straight SEC award after a competition weekend. She continues to get faster and faster in both of her events – the 60 meters and 200 meters. She started her weekend off with a second-place finish in the 60m dash with a personal-best readout of 7.23.
That time ranks as the fourth fastest in the NCAA this season. Saturday’s performance in the 200 meters was spectacular in its own right as she ran a career-best 22.80 to win the event with the second-fastest time in the world and NCAA this season; it also ranks No. 3 in LSU history. The 22.80 is the fastest time in the nation this season by a freshman.
2020 SEC Athletes of the Week – LSU
Rayvon Grey – Field Athlete of the Week (Jan. 15)
Lisa Gunnarsson – Field Athlete of the Week (Jan. 15)
Abby O’Donoghue – Field Athlete of the Week (Jan. 15)
Tonea Marshall – Track Athlete of the Week (Jan. 21)
Rayvon Grey – Field Athlete of the Week (Feb. 4)
Tonea Marshall – Track Athlete of the Week (Feb. 4)
Thelma Davies – Co-Freshman of the Week (Feb. 4)
Terrance Laird – Track Athlete of the Week (Feb. 18)
Thelma Davies – Freshman of the Week (Feb. 18)