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LSU Track & Field Wrap Up Trinidad's Championships

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Three LSU Track & Field athletes wrapped up the 2012 Sagicor National Open Track & Field Championships with silver-medal winning performances as Tiger alum Jamaal James joined seniors Kyron Blaise and Semoy Hackett in Sunday's finale at Hasely Crawford Stadium.


James was the first to step onto the track for Sunday's championship finals and took home a second-place finish in the men's 800-meter run in 1 minute, 47.25 seconds for the third-fastest time of his career. James followed Aaron Evans (1:46.69) of Bermuda across the finish line for the silver medal.


Despite finishing runner-up in the race, James was crowned the Trinidad & Tobago national champion for the 2012 season as his country's top finisher at the Sagicor National Open Championships.


Hackett won her second silver medal of the weekend with a runner-up finish in the 200-meter final after a run of 22.98 to finish just a split-second behind Auburn's Kai Selvon (22.96). Reyare Thomas (23.36) followed well back in third place while racing into a headwind of 1.9 meters per second. Hackett also won the silver medal in the 100-meter dash on Saturday night with her run of 11.14 in the event final.


With her performance, Hackett has earned her trip to London for the 2012 Olympic Games in both sprints as she's shattered the Olympic "A" qualifying standard with seasonal bests of 11.10 in the 100 meters and a Trinidad & Tobago national record of 22.55 in the 200 meters set during the 2012 collegiate season.


Blaise also won his second medal of the weekend in Sunday's finale at the Sagicor Championships as he jumped a series-best of 52 feet, 3 ¾ inches in the triple jump with his sixth and final attempt to capture his silver medal behind the winning mark of 53-0 ¾ in the third round by Chris Hercules.


Blaise won the long jump crown during Saturday's action at Hasely Crawford Stadium with a top mark of 25-0 ½ that was also recorded in the sixth round of the final to strike gold.

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