Hobbs Sets NCAA Top-Time, Lady Tigers Place First in Iowa
Communications Student Assistant
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Lady Tigers dominated 60-meter and 60-meter hurdles Saturday as they took the top-two spots in each event while setting NCAA, university and personal records along the way. The Lady Tigers held five of the eight spots in the final for both events.
The Lady Tigers well-populated the women’s 60-meter premier prelims with five qualifying to the finals. In the first heat, junior Kortnei Johnson won with a meet and track-record time of 7.31 seconds. Senior Aleia Hobbs then topped Johnson’s time in the following heat, marking a facility-best, heat-winning time of 7.24 seconds.
Junior Zakiya Denoon joined Johnson and Hobbs with a season-best qualifying time of 7.42 seconds. Denoon’s previous best mark was 7.48 seconds in the Purple Tiger Invitational two weeks ago.
The records did not last very long as Hobbs and Johnson placed first and second in the 60-meter finals. Hobbs came in at a blistering personal-best of 7.14 seconds which ranks second all-time in LSU history. This time also gives Hobbs the top time in the NCAA this season in the 60-meter, taking the top spot from teammate Mikiah Brisco.
Johnson was not far behind as her 7.19 ranks as the eighth-best 60-meter time in Lady Tiger history. Johnson coincidentally replaces herself at the number eight spot at her previously held personal-best of 7.21.
Hobbs was named the Women’s Track Athlete of the Meet for her efforts and led the Lady Tigers to the team title with 114 points. The Tigers finished third with 77 points on the men’s side.
In the women’s 60-meter hurdle prelims, sophomore Tonea Marshall and senior Mikiah Brisco respectively won the first and second heats to qualify for the finals. Sophomore Brittley Humphrey as well as freshmen Milan Young and Jurnee Woodward also qualified for the finals with top-eight preliminary finishes of their own.
Similar to their teammates in the 60-meter dash, the Lady Tigers made their presence felt in the hurdles as well. Marshall and Brisco led all finishers with respective seasonal-best times of 8.12 and 8.17 seconds. Marshall’s time gives her the 10th-best time in the world this year. Brittley Humphrey notched a season-best mark of her own, placing fourth.
In the men’s 400-meter Premier race, Jahnoy Thompson won the second heat, at a personal-best time of 47.31 seconds. Thompson’s efforts earned him fifth-place overall in the event.
Early in the day, freshman Damion Thomas set a seasonal-best time of 7.80 seconds in the prelims of the men’s 60-meter hurdles premier. This time was the seventh-best in LSU history, and Thomas won his heat.
Junior Arthur Price captured a seasonal-best 60-meter hurdles time of 8.17 seconds then recorded an 8.16 in the finals. Price bettered his season top-time by .04 seconds.
The 4x400-meter relays concluded action at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational. The Lady Tiger team of Kymber Payne, Milan Young, Zakiya Denoon and Rachel Misher set a seasonal-best time of 3:40.22, placing third.
Next weekend the Tigers and Lady Tigers will travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas to compete in the Razorback Invitational running Jan. 26-27. The races will take place at the Randal Tyson Track Center.