Long before the first shot from the starter’s pistol and long before Mondo Duplantis raced down the pole-vault runway for the first time at the Southeastern Conference championships Saturday, the LSU men’s track and field team had the look.

Coach Dennis Shaver saw it, which is why he called his team together after Christian Miller’s unexpected victory in the triple jump Saturday afternoon.

The win was, Shaver said Sunday morning, what the second-ranked Tigers needed to fuel their run to the school’s first men’s SEC outdoor title in 29 years.

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