Woodward Wins 400 Meter Hurdles Title at Texas Relays
Asst. Communications Director
Austin, Texas – Jurnee Woodward continued LSU’s dominance in the women’s 400 meter hurdles on Friday evening at the Texas Relays as she out-hurdled seven other competitors to claim the top spot in the event at the Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Woodward circled the track with a career-best time of 57.28 to run away with the victory. She was the only competitor to crack the 58-second barrier in the race. With the win, Woodward becomes the fifth LSU woman to win this event at the Texas Relays. Her win this year marks the third-consecutive year in which an LSU hurdler has claimed the title. In 2017 and 2018, Kymber Payne was the victor for the Purple and Gold. Woodward’s time of 57.28 is the second fastest in the nation.
LSU added two podium finishes in some relay races. The women’s foursome of Brittley Humphrey, Milan Young, Kiya Oviosun and Ersula Farrow combined to clock a time of 3:50.41 in the sprint medley relay (200m, 200m, 400m, 800m) for the bronze medal. The distance medley relay squad – Hollie Parker, Farrow, Katy-Ann McDonald, and Hannah Bourque – came together to run a time of 11:38.76 for silver to close out competition on Friday.
In the triple jump, Kyndal McKnight finished fourth with a leap of 12.63 meters (41’ 5.25”) in the women’s competition, and Da’Quan Bellard captured sixth place in the men’s competition with a triple jump of 15.98 meters (52’ 5.25”).
Friday Morning Prelims
LSU did exactly what it had to do in the morning session on Friday. LSU had 10 athletes/relays in preliminary races and all 10 athletes/relays advanced to the finals. The morning started off with the 4x100 meter relays. The women’s squad of Tonea Marshall, Ariyonna Augustine, Rachel Misher, and Sha'Carri Richardson clocked a season best of 43.80 to rank third in the NCAA. The men’s foursome of Akanni Hislop, Kary Vincent Jr., Dylan Peebles and Jaron Flournoy also clocked a season best, a 39.32, to rank fourth in the NCAA.
Individually, Damion Thomas and Arthur Price both advanced to the finals of the 110 meter hurdles with matching times of 13.87. The women’s hurdling trio of Marshall (13.09w), Brittley Humphrey (13.29w), and Milan Young (13.34w) all moved on in the 100 meter hurdles; Marshall’s time of 13.09 ranks No. 2 in the NCAA.
In the 100 meter dash, Richardson (11.17w) and Augustine(11.54w) advanced from the women’s side and Hislop (10.30w) advanced for the men to make it a perfect 10 out of 10. Richardson’s time of 11.17 is tied for the NCAA lead.
The Longhorn Network will have coverage of Saturday’s action from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. CT.
Saturday (March 30) – Competition Schedule (All Times CT)
High Jump (Women) - 11 a.m.
Abby O’Donoghue, Kaitlyn Walker
High Jump (Men) - 2:45 p.m.
Long Jump (Women) - 3 p.m.
Long Jump (Men) - 3 p.m.
4x200m Relay (Women) - 12 p.m.
4x200m Relay (Men) - 12:05 p.m.
100m Hurdles (Women) – 2:20 p.m.
110m Hurdles (Men) – 2:40 p.m.
100m Dash (Women) – 3:15 p.m.
Sha’Carri Richardson, Ariyonna Augustine
100m Dash Invitational (Women) - 3:20 p.m.
100m Dash (Men) – 3:25 p.m.
4x400m Relay (Women) - 4:45 p.m.
4x400m Relay (Men) - 4:50 p.m.