Division I Men’s News & Notes
Notes: LSU’s Mvumvure shines at Penn Relays, Aggies still No. 1
His name is proved to be tough to pronounce during last week’s Penn Relays, but no one will forget his performance. Senior sprinter Gabriel Mvumvure led the way for LSU’s track and field program as the Tigers swept sprint relay titles in the 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relays at Franklin Field.
Following LSU's victories in the two sprint relays, Mvumvure won the 100-meter dash championship. He blew away his nearest competition as the Tigers recorded the second-fastest time in Penn Relays history (38.77) to take the title.
Mvumvure, from Harare, Zimbabwe, is just the second LSU Tiger in Penn Relays history to win the men's 100-meter dash championship – the other being Trendon Holliday (10.16) in 2009.
LSU took home its first Penn Relays title in the men's 4x100-meter relay since 2008, while it tied TCU at nine Championship of America victories all-time for the most in meet history.
Need to Know
• Two-time defending champion Texas A&M retained the top spot in men’s track this week, holding off No. 2 LSU. Spots three and four swapped places with Florida State moving up to third, and in-state rival Florida sliding to fourth. Remaining in fifth place is Texas Tech.
• The regular season is over for Big East squads, and now they will meet at Villanova’s Jumbo Elliott Track at Villanova Stadium this weekend for the Big East Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In its 32-year history, this will be the 22nd time the event will be held at Villanova. There will be 13 teams participating in the championships. The Notre Dame men are in search of their fourth consecutive title and eighth overall, second to Georgetown for the most team titles.
• The UNC-Wilmington 4x800 relay team of Wil Zahorodny, Remy Tamer, Max Mittelman, and Bob Vanderham have been named CAA Men’s Track Athletes of the Week for the week ending May 1. The Seahawks’ time of 7:26.15 was good enough to take second in the College Championship race at the Penn Relays. The time, the fifth-fastest in the nation this year, established a new school record that had previously stood since 1996.
• Jim Schwendtner made Delaware history at the Penn Relays. He became the first Delaware male student-athlete in more than two decades to win there after toss of 196-1 in the hammer throw at the event last week. It was also a personal best for Schwendtner and is second on the Hens’ all-time charts.
• For the third consecutive week, Tulsa has claimed the Conference USA Male Outdoor Athlete of the Week honor and, for the second straight week, sophomore Chris O'Hare has been the weekly award winner. As he clocked the nation's top mile time of 3:58.77 at the Drake Relays.
• A title defense is on the line for the Bucknell men's track and field team when they make the trip to Easton, Pa., for the Patriot League Championships May 6-7. The Bison men, who won last year in dramatic fashion thanks to a strong 4x400 relay, are looking for their second team trophy in program history.