Tigers Advance Six Individuals, Two Relays to Finals
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Eugene, Ore. – The No. 7 LSU women’s track and field team had six individuals and two relays punch their tickets to Saturday’s finals on day two of the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field.
The women’s 4x100 meter relay got the show started on Thursday with the fastest time to ever be run at the NCAA Championships, a 42.09 in the semifinal round of the event. The Tigers’ foursome of Mikiah Brisco, Kortnei Johnson, Rachel Misher and Aleia Hobbs took the baton around the track in fine fashion that resulted in a Hayward Field facility record.
All four of those women also qualified in individual events as well. Returning to the track a little over an hour after the 4x100 meter relay, Hobbs and Brisco advanced to the finals of the 100 meter dash with respective times of 10.91 and 11.18. Hobbs’ 10.91 was the second fastest time to ever be run at the NCAA Championships; Dawn Sowell, a former sprinter for LSU, owns the meet record with a 10.78 that she ran in 1989. With the wind-legal 10.91, Hobbs has now cracked the 11-second barrier six times in 2018. Four of those six times are wind legal and she now owns four of the top seven wind-legal times in NCAA history.
Misher did it all on day two for the Tigers. She competed three times and successfully advanced to all three finals. After competing in the 4x100 meter relay, Misher returned to the track for the 400 meter dash. The junior circled the track with a time of 51.87 to secure her spot in the finals on Saturday night. The third event Misher ran in was the 4x400 meter relay. She served as the leadoff leg before giving way to Kymber Payne, Zakiya Denoon and Cassondra Hall; the foursome teamed up for a time of 3:30.55 to advance on from the semifinals. Kortnei Johnson’s individual appearance came in the 200 meter dash. Running around half the track, the Texas native clocked a time of 22.71 to advance out of the semifinal round. It will be the first time Johnson and Misher have competed in an individual final at the outdoor national meet in their careers.
Kymber Payne advanced to the finals of the 400 meter hurdles for the first time in her career by winning her heat with a time of 56.58. Tonea Marshall worked her way into the 100 meter hurdle final with a lifetime best of 12.873; Marshall narrowly edged out USC’s Anna Cockrell (12.876) by three hundredths of a second to earn her spot in the finals. With Marshall qualifying for the finals of the 100 meter hurdles, it marks the sixth time in the last seven years that LSU has had a finalist in the 100 meter hurdles.
Cassondra Hall registered a season-best time of 11.19 in the same heat as Brisco in the 100 meter dash to place 11th and earn Second Team All-America honors. Brisco almost qualified for her third event of the evening finishing 10th in the 200 meter dash with a readout of 22.81.
The action will return to the men’s side on Friday night. The final day of the men’s competition will be broadcasted on ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT. LSU will have JuVaughn Blake competing in the high jump, Damion Thomas in the 110 meter hurdles, Jaron Flournoy in the 200 meter dash and the men’s 4x400 meter relay of Jahnoy Thompson, Correion Mosby, Renard Howell and Jaron Flournoy will be in action as well. In addition to the coverage on national television, all field events will be streamed in their entirety on WatchESPN; the full list of streams can be found at ncaa.com. Live results and heat sheets of the four-day meet will be available at ncaa.com.
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