COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Sophomore Therese Jernbeck nearly set a personal best in her season debut in the pentathlon, while freshman Ashley Welborn and the men’s distance medley relay cracked the Top 10 of the school’s all-time rankings to highlight the first day of action at the Aggie Invitational being held at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
Jernbeck was the Lady Tigers’ top scorer on the opening day of the meet as she finished just six points shy of her personal best with a score of 3,858 points for second place in the women’s pentathlon.
Jernbeck raced to a personal best in the first event of the competition by clocking 9.13 seconds for 883 points in the 60-meter hurdles, before clearing 5 feet, 3 ¾ inches for 759 points in the high jump, throwing 41-8 ¾ for 709 points in the shot put, jumping 17-6 ¼ for 654 points in the long jump and running 2 minutes, 17.87 seconds for 853 points in the 800 meters.
The Swedish international was actually the top performer in both the shot put and 800 meters as she finished behind only the winning score of 4,003 points by Texas A&M’s Jenna Hemann in Friday’s pentathlon.
Jernbeck finished just six points shy of her personal-best score of 3,864 points that she set in a sixth-place finish in her first SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships during her freshman season a year ago.
The Lady Tigers opened up the meet on the track during the evening session by taking fourth place in the women’s distance medley relay with a seasonal-best time of 11:44.87. LSU’s squad of redshirt freshman Chaiss Matthews (1,200 meters), senior Nikita Tracey (400 meters), redshirt freshman Morgan Schuetz (800 meters) and sophomore Andria Aguilar (mile) teamed for the to time by the Lady Tigers in 2014.
The Tennessee Lady Volunteers scored a near eight-second victory in the women’s DMR with their time of 11:27.73, followed by UCLA in second place at 11:35.71 and Tennessee’s “B” team in third place at 11:39.04.
The Tigers followed by running the fifth-fastest time in school history at 9:48.01 to take second place in the men’s distance medley relay. Junior Julian Parker led off with a split of 3:00.62 on the 1,200-meter leg, before handing off to sophomore Cyril Grayson with a 46.54-second split on the 400-meter leg and freshman Blair Henderson with a blistering split of 1:49.30 on the 800-meter leg. Junior Philip Primeaux anchored with his run of 4:11.57 for the mile as they cracked the Top 20 of the NCAA rankings at No. 18 with a seasonal best of 9:48.01.
LSU’s foursome finished behind only the winning run of 9:37.31 by UTEP as the Miners cracked the Top 10 of the national rankings in the No. 8 position in the event for the 2014 season.
Welborn capped the scoring for the Lady Tigers on the opening day of this year’s Aggie Invitational with one of the fastest 5,000 meters in school history as she finished the race in 17:59.28 for the No. 8-ranked time on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the event. Texas A&M’s Grace Fletcher won the women’s 5k with a time of 16:13.71 to rank No. 8 in the NCAA this season.
Saturday’s action at this year’s Aggie Invitational continues on the track at 12:30 p.m. CT and in the field at 1 p.m. as the Tigers and Lady Tigers will compete for the team titles during the finale. Texas A&M will broadcast live streaming video of Saturday’s events, which will also be shared in the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net. Live results can also be found online by logging on to http://www.flashresults.com/.