Stowers Wins U.S. Indoor Hurdles Title
BATON ROUGE – Just one week after smashing Lolo Jones’ Carl Maddox Field House record with a then personal-best time of 7.90 seconds, former Lady Tiger All-American Jasmin Stowers dropped her career-best once again to 7.84 in winning the U.S. Indoor title in the women’s 60-meter hurdles in her debut at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Former Lady Tigers swept the top two spots on the medal podium as Stowers (7.84) struck gold ahead of LSU’s former All-SEC hurdler Tenaya Jones (8.03) as the U.S. Indoor silver medalist for 2015.
Stowers raced to back-to-back personal bests on Sunday afternoon at The Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston as she was the only hurdler in the field to break eight seconds in the preliminary round running 7.89 to take the tape in the first heat. She then lit up the track in the final with the second-fastest time in the world for 2015 at 7.84 to take the title in her USA Indoor debut.
A three-time SEC Indoor Champion and four-time NCAA Indoor All-American in the 60-meter hurdles during her four-year career with the Lady Tigers from 2011-14, Stowers is off to a blistering start to her professional career as one of the world’s leading performers for the 2015 indoor season, trailing only the world-leading 7.83 by 2014 NCAA Indoor Champion Sharika Nelvis.
She finished nearly two tenths of a second ahead of Jones, Stowers’ former LSU teammate and a two-time SEC Indoor silver medalist as an All-SEC performer during her collegiate career in Baton Rouge from 2008-11.
“It feels really exciting,” Stowers shared with the media following her gold-medal-winning run in the final event of this year’s USA Indoor Championships. “This is my first USATF Indoors, and I’m ecstatic to pull off a win today. I knew I had to get out because there were great athletes beside me that had a great chance to win. When I finished, words can’t express how happy I was.”
Rounding out the finalists in the women’s 60-meter hurdles in Sunday’s finale at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships was a bronze medalist Tiffani McReynolds (8.06) in third place, Kristi Castlin (8.07) in fourth, Kaylon Eppinger (8.16) in fifth, Tiana Davis (8.18) in sixth, Jessie Gaines (8.31) in seventh and Cassandra Lloyd (8.34) in eighth.
In other action, LSU’s former NCAA Outdoor 800-meter silver medalist Charlene Lipsey lined up in Sunday’s final of the women’s 1,000 meters, and just missed a spot on the medal podium when she clocked 2 minutes, 40.86 seconds to take fourth place in the race. Lipsey was just a split-second behind gold medalist Lauren Wallace (2:40.42), silver medalist Treniere Moser (2:40.62) and bronze medalist Stephanie Brown (2:40.62).
Other former Lady Tigers taking flight in the women’s triple jump on Sunday were Lynnika Pitts with a mark of 42 feet, 10 ¾ inches for fifth place and Keri Emanuel with a mark of 42-8 for sixth place on the day.