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Claudio Romero Sets LSU and Chilean National Record in Discus Throw at LSU Alumni Gold – LSU

BATON ROUGE, LA. – The LSU track and field team wrapped up the highly anticipated LSU Alumni Gold meet on Saturday, hosted at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

Live results | Results (PDF)

For the second match in a row, the main topic of discussion is Claudio Romero and his improvements from last season in the discus throw.

A week after throwing the class-leading toss of 64.96 meters (213′ 1”) to take the win at the Tom Jones Invitational in Gainesville, Florida, Romero posted another PR to take the win in Baton Rouge. Romero recorded a throw of 67.29 meters (220′ 9”) to take victory on Saturday, erasing his previous PR of 67.02 meters (219′ 10”) set in 2022. The new PR of 67.29 meters is the new Chilean national and LSU record, and the distance improves his No. 5 spot on the all-time collegiate performance list.

To no one’s surprise, Brianna Lyston was in tears again this weekend in both the 100 and 200 meters. The Portmore, Jamaica native got off to a good start, taking first in the 100 meters with an all-conditions personal best of 10.84 seconds (+2.2 m/s), clinching her No. 2 ranking in the country improved from 10.88w. Later in the afternoon, Lyston clocked a national time of 22.35 seconds (+2.8 m/s), which was also a personal best in all conditions.

The throwing team wasn’t done for the day yet as freshman Trinity Spooner took the win in the javelin with the No. 3 in LSU performance list history of 55.24 meters (181′ 3”). Her new personal best improves on the previous mark of 53.58 meters (175′ 9”), which she used to open her collegiate career at the Hurricane Invitational. Spooner is now number 6 in the country with her new PR.

On the men’s side of the javelin, sophomore Jack Larriviere made his season debut, which was also his first meet since his collegiate opener a year ago. Larriviere reached a distance of 71.61 meters (234′ 11”) on his fourth throw of the afternoon to take the win. His new PR of 71.61m puts him at No. 6 on the LSU all-time performance list.

Estel Valeanue capped off the throwing team’s impressive performance, earning top-10 marks in LSU history for two events. In the women’s discus, Valeanu reached a distance of 56.89 meters (186′ 7”) on her final throw, moving her into second place on the all-time LSU PL. Valeanu also recorded No. 6 in LSU PL history of 16.02 meters (52′ 6.75”) in her fourth of the afternoon in the shot put.

Another national record was achieved this weekend when Kuda Chadenga equaled his Zimbabwean national record of 2.22 meters (7′ 3.25”). Chadenga’s PR-tying jump puts him at No. 5 on the LSU PL all-time and No. 4 in the country for this offseason.

Taking gold in the aforementioned men’s high jump competition was LSU alumnus JuVaughn Harrison. Harrison opened his outdoor high jump season today and he lived up to all the hype as he finished with gold and a class-leading clearance of 2.34 meters (7′ 8″).

Another alum who took gold on Saturday was Aleia Hobbs. The New Orleans native finished first with the world No. 2 time of 10.88 seconds (+0.5 m/s) in just her season opener in the 100 meters. The time of 10.88 was her second-fastest season opener in the event, just behind last year’s 10.87 (+2.0 m/s), where there was slightly more wind.

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LSU stays home for their final regular season game as they host the LSU Invitational on Saturday, April 27e.

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