FAYETTEVILLE -- LSU's Xavier Carter automatically qualified for his second NCAA Indoor event Friday at the Tyson Invitational, winning his second straight 400-meter event as well as sprinting to his second nation-leading time.
Carter's time of 45.89 gives him the fastest indoor marks in both the 200- and 400-meter dash this season. Carter's new personal record moves him into fourth all time in LSU history.
"I was really happy for Xavier winning in his second competitive quarter," said head coach Dennis Shaver. "That was our whole reason for coming up here. We knew it was going to be competitive in the 400-meters and that was an area where we've got some people that are capable of getting into the NCAA meet."
Carter wasn't the only quarter miler to shine for LSU. Austin Benton, Marvin Stevenson, and Reginald Dardar all bested the provisionally qualifying mark. Benton (47.38), Stevenson (47.51), and Dardar (47.53) all won their respective heats.
The Tigers also had a strong showing from long jumper Jeremy Hicks. On his final attempt of the day, Hicks leapt to a provisionally qualifying mark of 25-00. The Tigers now have eleven individuals and two relay teams provisionally qualified for the Indoor finals.
In the 60-meter dash, freshman Trindon Holiday improved his time to 6.74. Holiday was just two hundredths of a second off from a provisional mark. Also barely missing the provisional mark, miler Michael Hendry improved on his personal best from last week, turning in a time of 4:06.31.
On the women's side, LSU's women's 4x400-meter team of Brooklynn Morris, Juanita Broaddus, Cyntheia Rooks, and Deonna Lawrence automatically qualified with a time of 3:30.49. The Lady Tigers beat the nearest competitor by almost three seconds.
"They got caught in a race where Miami put their best runners up front and so that really pushed us through the legs," said Shaver. "I felt like for that group 3:30 by the end of the year would be good. I got them together and said 'I've changed my mind.' Now it's about 3:27."
Lady Tiger Tanya Osbourne provisionally qualified in the 800-meter run in the first event of the evening session. Osbourne sprinted to a 2:07.47, two full seconds over the provisional mark. The junior was the lone collegiate in a field of professionals for the finals.
Long jumper Tina Harris improved on her own provisional mark set earlier in the year. Harris increased her mark to 20-9 3/4 on her last jump of the day.
The Tyson Invitational concludes tomorrow afternoon from the Randal Tyson Track Center.