LSU Coach Takes Conservative Approach With World U20 Champion Brianna Lyston
LSU Coach Takes Conservative Approach With World U20 Champion Brianna Lyston

Jamaica’s World U20 200m champion Brianna Lyston was a late withdrawal from Friday’s (27 Jan) at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Lyston, a freshman at Louisiana State University (LSU), was down to take on Adriana Tatum of Arizona State, Thelma Davies of LSU, and Jayla Hollis of Florida in her first indoor meet. 

However, LSU’s coach Dennis Shaver gave the reason for Lyston’s withdrawal.

“She is young, and I am taking a conservative approach. When I feel I have her prepared to run on a banked indoor track, she will compete,” explained Shaver for

LSU Coach Takes Conservative Approach With World U20 Champion Brianna Lyston
LSU freshman Brianna Lyston withdraws from indoor meet, coach takes a cautious approach

Shaver said, “after yesterday’s training on the track, I did not feel I had her ready.”

Lyston won the World U20 200m title at last summer’s championships in Cali, Columbia.

In the women’s 200m, Favour Ofili of Louisiana State University (LSU) took the gold medal in a time of 22.53 seconds, setting a personal best. Talitha Diggs of the University of Florida also set a personal best of 22.65 seconds. Kynnedy Flannel of Florida rounded out the top three in 23.18 seconds, also a personal best.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


  1. There was certainly huge collective anticipation among Jamaicans and friends of track and field as we waited to see the young lyston take the track for her first college race. we will have to delay that anticipation and trust the coach’s judgement in deciding to pull her from the race. we are all lifting Brianna up with prayers and well wishes.


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