LSU Track & Field Ready to Compete in Lubbock
Communications Student Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU track & field teams are set for their first road trip of the indoor season when they compete in the inaugural Corky Classic on Saturday, Jan. 13, hosted by Texas Tech. The one-day meet will take place in Lubbock, Texas at the Red Raiders’ newly-opened Sports Performance Center.
Saturday’s morning session commences at 11 a.m. CT with the first field event of the day, the men’s shot put. The first track event, the women’s mile will take place at 1 p.m. The finale of this year’s Corky Classic will feature the 4x400-meter relays, beginning with the women at 4:15 p.m. Fans can follow live results or purchase the live stream from the meet through links on LSUsports.net.
Fans will be able to receive live updates of the Tigers and Lady Tigers competing throughout Saturday’s Corky Classic by following @LSUTrackField on Twitter and Instagram and by liking the team’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/lsutrackfield.
The Corky Classic marks the first occasion in LSU head coach Dennis Shaver’s tenure that the program will travel to Lubbock for indoor competition.
The Tigers and Lady Tigers will square off against five other schools, four representing the Big 12 Conference with Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech along with Houston from the American Athletic Conference.
Notables from the Purple Tiger Invitational
In last Friday’s Purple Tiger Invitational, the Lady Tigers dominated the 60-meter dash as they recorded three of the top four times in the nation, early in the season. Senior Aleia Hobbs and junior Kortnei Johnson respectively hold the No. 1 and No. 2 times in the nation, sweeping the top two positions in both heats for the event.
Two-time All-American Rachel Misher made her presence felt with a 60-meter time of 7.33 seconds, ranking fourth nationally. Although, the junior from Baton Rouge placed third behind fellow teammates Hobbs and Johnson, Misher shattered her previous 60-meter personal-best by a tenth of a second.
For the men, freshman Damion Thomas had similar success in the men’s 60-meter hurdles as he won the event with a time of 7.84 seconds. This time earned Thomas the eighth-best 60-meter time in LSU history for indoor competition.
Junior Jaron Flournoy notched a personal-best of his own in the men’s 60-meter dash, recording an event-winning time of 6.71 seconds. His season-opening win cracked the NCAA’s Top 10 performances as he holds the No. 9 spot.
Season Debuts at Corky Classic
For the Tigers, sophomores Jace Attuso and Rayvon Grey (long jump) as well as freshman Jake Norris (weight throw), senior Da’Quan Bellard (triple jump), Christian Miller (triple jump) and freshman JuVaughn Blake (high jump) will make their season debuts in field events. The men making their track debuts in the 2018 season are freshman Cameron Cooper (1000-meter, 4x400 relays), senior Jack Wilkes (1000-meter, 4x400 relays), junior Dajour Braxton (3000-meter) and freshman Eric Coston (3000-meter).
On the women’s side, freshman Kyndal McKnight will open her season in the triple jump while senior Briana Kelly, freshman Abby O’Donoghue and junior Kaitlyn Walker will participate in the high jump, rounding out the women’s field events. Junior Ersula Farrow (1000-meter, 4x400 relays) and senior Hollie Parker (1000-meter) are the lone Lady Tigers debuting on the track.
The Bowerman 2018 Women’s Watch List
Earlier in the week, LSU senior sprinter Mikiah Brisco was named to The Bowerman 2018 Preseason Watch List. Brisco, the 2017 100-meter dash national champion, is one of 10 athletes on the list. Updates to the list will be released throughout the indoor and outdoor collegiate season.
LSU’s teams will follow up their trip to Lubbock on Saturday with an appearance at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational next weekend in Iowa City, Iowa. The meet will span two days from Friday, Jan. 19 to Saturday, Jan. 20. The Tigers and Lady Tigers will wrap up the season-opening month with a trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the Randal Tyson Track Center as they will compete in the Razorback Invitational running Jan. 26-27.