Track & Field Dominates Day Two of Louisiana Classics
Communications Student Assistant
LAFAYETTE, La. – LSU’s Track & Field teams closed out their outdoor season opener in dominating fashion after completing day two of the Louisiana Classics at the Ragin’ Cajuns Track Complex this evening. The Tigers and Lady Tigers compiled facility records, personal-bests and numerous event titles in every facet of competition.
The Lady Tigers’ first track event of the day was the women’s 4x100-meter relays, and they were as good as advertised. The tandem of Mikiah Brisco, Kortnei Johnson, Cassondra Hall and Aleia Hobbs shattered the stadium record with a blistering, event-winning time of 42.65 seconds.
The record was previously held by an LSU team that included, Brisco, Johnson and Hobbs a year ago where they finished at 43.12.
Track Event Winners
The Tigers and Lady Tigers dominated the track events with eight event titles. Aside from the 4x100 relay team, the Lady Tigers were led by freshman Jurnee Woodward who collected two hurdle titles in the 100 (13.57) and 400-meter (1:00.29) hurdles.
Zakiya Denoon was crowned champion of the 100-meter dash for all women as the junior crossed the finish line in a mere 11.49 seconds. Hollie Parker took home the 800-meter crown as well for the Lady Tigers, finishing with a time of 2:10.28.
For the men, Jack Wilkes won the 1500-meter as the Tigers placed four in the Top 5 finishers. Wilkes recorded an event-winning time of 3:58.37. Jahnoy Thompson joined Price with a sprint title of his own in the 400-meter dash. Thompson paced all of the men, recording a time of 47.24.
Field Event Winners
Similar to the track events, both the Tigers and Lady Tigers well-populated the top of leaderboards across the field events as well. LSU captured one men’s and one women’s title, coming in the long jump and high jump respectively.
Freshman JuVaughn Blake (24’ 7.25’’) won the men’s long jump, picking up right where he left off after the indoor season where he qualified for two field events at the NCAA Championships.
Fellow freshman Abby O’Donoghue won the high jump on the women’s side, recording a mark of 5’ 9.75’’. Behind her were teammates Kaitlyn Walker (5’ 7.75’’) and Briana Kelly (5’ 5.75’’) who came in second and fourth respectively.
As evidence of the consistency shown by LSU this evening, the Tigers and Lady Tigers combined for 35 Top 10 finishes across all events with 29 of those 35 also being Top 5 finishes. For the Lady Tigers, Bria Druilhet (39’ 5’’) and Kyndal McKnight (38’ 11.5’’) fell just short of victory in the triple jump, placing respectively in second and third place.
The Lady Tigers also dominated the 400-meter where Kymber Payne (52.87), Oksana Lawrence (54.01), Milan Young (54.09), Brittley Humphrey (54.12) and Ersula Farrow (56.08) all placed inside the Top 10. Payne’s performance was her personal-best.
For the Tigers, Christian Boyd (47.68) finished just behind teammate Thompson in the 400-meter to earn second-place. Following Hislop in the 100-meter dash, Chris Lewis (5th), Damion Thomas (9th) and Xaiver Mulugata (10th) also had strong showings in their outdoor season-opener.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers will return to action next weekend in the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge running only Saturday, March 24. All events will take place at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.