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Track & Field Knock Out Strong Marks at Razorback Invite

Judy Willson
Judy Willson
Communications Associate

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - It was a very productive day for the No. 9 Lady Tigers with significant performances in the 60 meters, 60m hurdles, and the 400 meters. The men’s and women’s track & field teams each finished fourth overall in the Razorback Invitational. The Tigers racked up 67 points and the Lady Tigers recorded 53.5 overall points. The Tigers and Lady Tigers competed against 10 Top-25 teams at the meet.

Kortnei Johnson and Cassondra Hall both earned a spot in the finals for the women’s 60m dash. Johnson won the event running a time of 7.18, setting a personal record. Hall ran a season-best 7.35 in the prelims and matched the mark in the finals to finish seventh overall.

The Tigers and the Lady Tigers both had a great day in the 60m hurdles. Damion Thomas notably placed first in the competition, clocking in at 7.75, shaving .9 seconds off of his previous best time in the event. Three of the five Lady Tigers competing in the 60m hurdles qualified for the finals in the event. Mikiah Brisco set a season best of 8.14 to edge out Tonea Marshall for third place. Brittley Humphrey obtained a time of 8.22 earning her a new personal best.

Da’Quan Bellard placed fifth overall in the men’s triple jump, reaching a personal best of 50’ 9.25” (15.47m).

Kymber Payne and Oksana Lawrence competed in the women’s 400m dash both setting a season best. Payne clocked in at 53.92 earning a sixth place spot overall in competition. Lawrence ran a time of 55.14 at that distance.

In the middle and long distance races today, several LSU racers put up some strong numbers. Jack Wilkes ran the 800 meters for the first time this season and posted a winning time of 1:49.94 that ranks No. 12 in the NCAA standings. Ersula Farrow was less than a second off her personal-best in the women's 800 meters at 2:05.58 and a No. 5 rank in the NCAA. Hollie Parker's time of 9:56.71 in the 3,000 meters ranks seventh on the LSU all-time list in the event.

Competition came to an end at the Razorback Invitational with the men’s and women’s 4x400. The Tigers placed second running a season best of 3:04.92, which is .02 seconds from making the top-10 on LSU’s all-time list the third-best time in the NCAA this season. The Lady Tigers finished third with a time of 3:34.90 earning them a new season best.

LSU will split the squad next week between the Bayou Bengal Invitational at the Carl Maddox Field House on Friday, Feb. 2, and the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque on Feb. 2-3. Admission to the Bayou Bengal Invitational is free.

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