NCAA 100-meter champion Mikiah Brisco opens her 2018 indoor season in the 60-meter hurdles on Friday afternoon!
Bryan Wayne

Track & Field Hosts Purple Tiger in Season Opener

Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
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BATON ROUGE – With the Tigers and Lady Tigers now back on campus and resuming their training following the Christmas and New Year break, the LSU Track & Field teams are ready to kick off a new season Friday afternoon when they play host to the Purple Tiger Invitational at the Carl Maddox Field House.

The preliminary races on the track are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. CT with the early field events kicking off the action at 10:30 a.m. The first finals on the track are set for 2 p.m. as events continue through the running of the 4x400-meter relays at 5:30 p.m.

Delta Timing will be providing live results from the meet as fans can follow the action at http://deltatiming.com. Fans can also receive live updates from the Purple Tiger Invitational by following @LSUTrackField on both Twitter at http://twitter.com/lsutrackfield and Instagram at http://instagram.com/lsutrackfield and by liking the LSU Track & Field page on Facebook at http://facebook.com/lsutrackfield.

All-Americans Return

Five returning All-Americans headline LSU’s season opener with seniors Mikiah Brisco, Aleia Hobbs and Kymber Payne being joined by juniors Kortnei Johnson and Jaron Flournoy on the track.

Brisco, the 2017 NCAA 100-meter champion and eight-time NCAA All-American for the Lady Tigers, is set to open her season in the 60-meter hurdles on Friday afternoon as she will be among the first athletes to line up in the preliminary heats at 1 p.m. CT. She is a former All-American in the 60-meter hurdles as the fifth-place finisher at the NCAA Indoor Championships as a sophomore in 2016.

Hobbs and Johnson both follow in the qualifying heats of the women’s 60-meter dash at 1:25 p.m. as they look to build upon their breakout seasons a year ago. Hobbs earned All-America honors in the 100-meter dash during the outdoor season while she was also crowned the SEC Champion in the 60 meters indoors and 100 meters outdoors to highlight her junior season. Johnson ran in an individual final at the NCAA Championships for the first time when she placed sixth nationally in the 60 meters to close the 2017 indoor season.

Payne, who opens her 2018 season in the 500 meters on Friday afternoon, claimed the title of All-American for the first time in her career a year ago as the fifth-place finisher in the final of the 400-meter hurdles and a member of LSU’s bronze-medal-winning 4x400-meter relay team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last June.

Headlining the action for the Tigers in Friday’s season opener in Flournoy, who lines up in the men’s 60-meter dash with the preliminary round scheduled for 1:40 p.m. CT.  Flournoy was an All-American during the 2017 indoor season as a member of the Tigers’ fourth-place 4x400-meter relay team at the NCAA Indoor Championships held at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.

Collegiate Debuts

Both of LSU’s heralded 2017 recruiting classes will be well-represented at the Purple Tiger Invitational as a host of Tigers and Lady Tigers are set to make their collegiate debuts in the purple and gold on Friday.

Junior college national champion Correion Mosby and NCAA Division II All-American Jahnoy Thompson will line up as Tigers for the first time on Friday afternoon after transferring to LSU from Hinds Community College and Southern-New Orleans, respectively, in the fall. Mosby is scheduled to run the 60-meter dash while Thompson competes in the 500 meters in their debuts. Freshman Damion Thomas, the No. 1 high school hurdles recruit in the country in the Class of 2017, will also line up in the men’s 60-meter hurdles in his collegiate debut.

On the heat sheet for the Lady Tigers on Friday afternoon will be former junior college All-American Zakiya Denoon in the 60-meter dash and freshmen Jurnee Woodward and Milan Young in the 60-meter hurdles.

Next Up

After kicking off their 2018 season with the Purple Tiger Invitational on Friday, LSU’s teams travel to Lubbock, Texas, next week as Texas Tech plays host to the Corky Classic on Jan. 13 at the Sports Performance Center on the Red Raider campus. A trip to Iowa City follows Jan. 19-20 as the University of Iowa is set to host this year’s Larry Wieczorek Invitational at the Iowa Recreational Building.

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