Semoy Hackett positive test means LSU vacates track and field title

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BY BARBARA SAMPSON | SportingAlert.com
Published on Nov. 18, 2012 8:05 a.m. CST . 1 comment

BATON ROUGE (Sporting Alert) – The Louisiana State University Women’s Track and Field team will have to vacate the team title it won at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor after senior sprinter Semoy Hackett used a stimulant banned by the NCAA.

According to the release by LSU, the stimulant in question, Methylhexaneamine, is commonly found in over-the-counter nutritional supplements, but is one of the substances that has been banned by the NCAA.

“It’s unfortunate the team will be required to vacate the NCAA Championship due to the actions of one individual, but we will certainly comply with the NCAA’s instructions in this matter,” LSU head track and field coach Dennis Shaver said.

“We support the policies that the NCAA has set to promote fair competition.

“This is disappointing news for the LSU Track and Field program, but our hard work and pursuit of excellence will continue on and off the track.”

LSU’s Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva echoed the same statement.

“While we are disappointed as a University, we respect the decision of the NCAA in this matter,” Alleva said.

“We have a proud athletic tradition at LSU, particularly in the sport of track and field. We will continue that championship tradition as we move forward.”

Hackett, who was tested positive during the NCAA championships apologized for letting her team down.

“I’ve been informed I tested positive for a banned stimulant at the NCAA Championships last year, which has resulted in the LSU team vacating the NCAA Championship,” Hackett said.

“I want to express my apologies to my coaches, my teammates, LSU and our fans. Although this was unintentional, I’m deeply sorry this will have such a negative impact on my team and LSU.”



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