Terrance Laird of LSU won the Commissioner’s Trophy on Saturday’s final day of the SEC Track and Field Championships.
The individual who scores the most points at the conference meet wins the trophy.
Laird racked up 22.5 points for LSU. He won individual titles in the 100m and 200m before anchoring LSU’s 4x100m team to victory. Laird got his day started with another one of his walk-downs on the 4x100m relay. LSU was in the third spot when Laird got the stick after the final exchange, but that changed quickly. He closed on the two competitors in front of him and helped LSU win the event with a time of 38.87.
Laird had a little under an hour and a half before he had to run the 100 meters. He recuperated and came out to clock a time of 9.80 seconds in the 100m with a helping wind of 3.2 meters per second. That goes down as the fifth fastest wind-aided mark in collegiate history. The win is also LSU’s first SEC champ in the event since Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake won it in 2016.
Laird returned exactly one hour later to dominate the 200m final. He got out good and was even with Kentucky’s Lance Lang up to the first 100m. He then fired up the afterburners and to run away an easy winner in 19.82 seconds.
The readout of 19.82 was the fifth-fastest time ever run in collegiate history. Laird now has the fourth (19.81/Texas Relays) and fifth (19.82) fastest in collegiate history.
Justin Gatlin held the SEC meet record of 19.86, set back in 2002.
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