Richardson, Harrison Register Top NCAA Marks
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Birmingham, Ala. – The LSU track and field squad opened up its 2019 season on Saturday at the UAB Vulcan Invite held at The CrossPlex. The Tigers claimed 10 event titles with several of those individuals registering national, world and top-10 program history marks.
“We had some great performances,” head coach Dennis Shaver said. “I think the hurdlers did as they were expected to. It was a great start for Sha’Carri Richardson and Akanni Hislop in the 60 meters. Akanni ran better than he ran all of last year.
“JuVaughn Harrison and Rayvon Grey in the long jump, they got out there and performed well. Amy Stelly went out there and PR’d in the pole vault, top-five mark in school history. All we can ask out of our team is to get better each week. It was a positive outing for us and we’re looking forward to next week.”
JuVaughn Harrison and Rayvon Grey got the meet started off with an impressive showing in the long jump. Harrison leaped out to an NCAA lead in the event and he covered 7.83 meters (25-8.25) before he touched down in the sand; that bound won him gold. Grey, a junior, followed closely behind him with a leap of 7.71 meters (25-3.50) for silver. The mark by Harrison is an NCAA lead and it ranks as the second best in the world for 2019. Similarly for Grey, his leap ranks third in the NCAA and fifth on the global stage this calendar year.
.@jaay_jumps (7.83m) and @GreyRayvon (7.71m) go 1-2 in the men’s long jump!— LSUTrackField (@LSUTrackField) January 12, 2019
Harrison’s leap sits atop the NCAA leaderboard and Grey’s ranks No. 3 nationally.https://t.co/qPYwqPvchL#GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/FX7ZLdilbL
On the track, it was freshman Sha’Carri Richardson stealing the show with her NCAA-leading 7.23 60 meter dash to storm away with the title. Donning the Purple and Gold for the first time in her career, Richardson qualified for the finals with a preliminary time of 7.34 and she lowered that by 11-hundredths of a second in the finals for the third-fastest time in the world for 2019. Ariyonna Augustine, also making her collegiate debut, and Cassondra Hall finished in second and third place respectively, with times of 7.47 and 7.51.
Welcome to the SHOW @itskerrii 🔥— LSUTrackField (@LSUTrackField) January 12, 2019
Richardson clocks an NCAA leading 7.23 in the 60 meters to win her first collegiate title!
Ariyonna Augustine (7.47) takes second and Cassondra Hall (7.51) takes third.#GeauxTigers | @NCAATrackField | #ncaatf pic.twitter.com/W4e9EyKIrF
Freshman distance runner Julia Palin picked things right up where she left off with them in cross country. Racing in her first-career collegiate track and field race, Palin circled the track for a win in the 3,000 meters with a readout of 9:54.04. The time of 9:54.04 is already the seventh fastest in program history.
Tonea Marshall, Brittley Humphrey and Milan Young kicked off the campaign strong in the 60 meter hurdles. Marshall clocked an 8.16 to win the title and was followed by Humphrey (8.30) and Young (8.32), who finished in second and third place. The 8.16 for Marshall ranks third on the national list and is the fifth-fastest worldwide time. In the men’s 60 meter hurdles, first-team All-American Damion Thomas (7.85) opened up his sophomore season with a title and Arthur Price tallied a second-place showing with a readout of 8.02.
Akanni Hislop ran the best 60 meter dash race of his life and clocked a time of 6.74 seconds in the finals to claim his gold medal. Freshman Cameron Reed pole vaulted his way to a gold medal with a clearance of 4.40 meters (14-5.25). On the women’s side, Ersula Farrow (4:56.70/mile), Abby O’Donoghue (1.74m/5-8.50/high jump) and Kortnei Johnson (23.48/200 meters) all won titles in their respective events.
Other Notable Finishes
Amy Stelly | Pole Vault | 3rd Place | 3.80m (12-5.50) | 4th best clearance in school history
Kaitlyn Walker | High Jump | 2nd Place | 1.69m (5-6.50)
Jake Norris | Weight Throw | 2nd Place | 19.47m (63-10.50)
Christian Miller | Triple Jump | 2nd Place | 14.99m (49-2.25)
Zakiya Denoon | 200m Dash | 3rd Place | 24.04
Christian Boyd | 400m Dash | 4th Place | 21.86 (PR)
The Tigers will head out to Lubbock, Texas for the Red Raider Open next Friday (January 18).