BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Class of 2014 signee Aleia Hobbs sprinted to a national championship in the 100-meter dash during Sunday’s finale at the 2014 USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championships as she cruised to victory with a time of 11.77 seconds run into a strong headwind to wrap up the meet at Turner Stadium in Humble, Texas.
Hobbs emerged as a two-time champion on the weekend as she also teamed with fellow Lady Tiger recruit Mikiah Brisco to lead New Era Track Club to the gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay on Saturday.
After advancing to the championship final in the 100 meters with a heat-winning time of 11.94 (-1.6) in Thursday’s preliminary round, Hobbs blitzed the field with a comfortable victory in the final as she crossed the line in 11.77 (-1.8) to finish more than one tenth of a second ahead of her nearest competitor as Janel Pate of Training Ground Track Club scored the silver medal in 11.92.
Ryan Preacely of Legacy Runners Athletic Club bagged the bronze medal in 11.97, finishing just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Texas Storm Track Club’s Tramesha Hardy (11.98) in the final. Hobbs was also far ahead of Taylor Bennett (12.09) in fifth place, Bethany White (12.09) in sixth place, Akua Obeng-Akrofi (12.10) in seventh place and Tamdra Lawerence (12.15) in eight place in the 100-meter final.
A product of Eleanor McMain High School in New Orleans, Hobbs was crowned the USATF Junior Olympics champion just one year after winning the silver medal in the 17-18 age group as a junior a season ago.
She also led off New Era Track Club to a gold-medal-winning first-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay on Saturday as Brisco also featured as the third leg of the team that crossed the finish line in 45.24 to finish nearly a half second ahead of Glenarden Track Club (45.72) in the championship final. Track Houston trailed with a bronze-medal-winning run of 46.08 that was nearly one second behind New Era Track Club.
Brisco, who hails from Baton Rouge Magnet High School, lined up in the 17-18 age group of the 100-meter hurdles at this year’s USATF National Junior Olympic Championships as she earned a fourth-place finish with an effort of 14.14 (-1.3) in the final that was also run into a strong headwind at Turner Stadium.
Brisco and Hobbs are two of the standouts in LSU’s outstanding recruiting Class of 2014 as they ended their prep careers as two of the most decorated sprinters in the history of high school track and field in the state of Louisiana with a combined 39 individual state titles to their names. Brisco ended her prep career at Baton Rouge Magnet High School as a 26-time state champion between the indoor and outdoor seasons, while Hobbs capped her career at Eleanor McMain High School as a 13-time state champion between the indoor and outdoor seasons.
An accomplished sprinter and hurdler, Brisco was crowned the 2014 New Balance Indoor Nationals Champion in the 60-meter dash after emerging on the international stage as the bronze medalist in the 100 hurdles at the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships held in Donetsk, Ukraine, following her junior season a year ago.