Five student-athletes from LSU track and field earned degrees on Friday morning in their respective areas of study. Mercy Abire (interdisciplinary studies), Rayvon Grey (sport administration), Xavier Mulugata (sport administration), Jace Attuso (kinesiology), and Kyle Montgomery (Master’s in Accounting) were the five graduates.
Abire and Grey will both compete for LSU in the spring of 2021 for outdoor track and field as they still have eligibility in that classification. Abire earned All-America honours during the 2020 indoor season with a career-best long jump of 21’ 1.50”, which ranks fourth in LSU history; she was also named to the All-SEC Second Team indoors for 2020. Grey, the 2019 NCAA indoor national champion in the long jump, is a three-time All-American. He won his long jump national title with a bound of 26’ 1.75” in Birmingham, Ala., at the 2019 NCAA indoor meet. He career-best indoor long jump of 26’ 6.50” is the ninth-best in LSU history.
Attuso earned 2018 CoSIDA All-Academic Third Team All-America honours following the 2018 season and was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He closed out his LSU career in 2020 by scoring at the SEC Indoor Championships in the long jump for the Tigers, and he received a USTFCCCA Academic Award following the season.
Montgomery graduated undergrad in the fall of 2019 with a degree in accounting before spending the last 12 months attaining his master’s in accounting; Montgomery ran in nine races for the cross country team between 2018 and 2019. Mulugata competed for LSU dating back to 2017 and earned his degree in sport administration and recently attended the SEC Career Tour virtually in early December.