LSU Places Four In Women's 60 Meter Finals At NCAAs
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – When LSU women sprinters step on the track these days, expect history to happen. And happen it did at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in today’s 60 meter prelims of the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Aleia Hobbs, Kortnei Johnson, Cassondra Hall and Mikiah Brisco will make up half of the field in Saturday’s women’s 60 meter finals, the first time in meet history that four teammates have made the finals in the event. The women’s 60 meter finals will go off at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday.
Hobbs, a senior, won the second heat, tying her personal best with a time of 7.12 to post the top qualifying time of the meet. Her time ranks tied for fourth all-time in NCAA Indoor Championships history.
Johnson, a junior, qualified with a time of 7.20 seconds, while sophomore Hall and senior Brisco posted times of 7.21. For Hall, it was a new PR, beating her previous mark of 7.23 back on Feb. 9 at the Tyson Invitational.
LSU put qualifiers into four other finals on Saturday, including a PR by junior Jaron Flournoy in the men’s 200 meters.
Flournoy qualified with the third-fastest time of the day, a personal best of 20.55 seconds, passing his previous mark of 20.62. His new mark ranks seventh in the world this season. Junior transfer Correion Mosby also ran the 200 meters, placing 13th in his first NCAA appearance with a time of 20.97.
Johnson just missed her personal record in the women’s 200 meter race with a 22.89 to qualify for a second finals opportunity on Saturday. Brisco ran a 23.20 to finish 11th in the 200.
Freshman Damion Thomas has qualified for the first NCAA finals of his career. Thomas ran a 7.80 in the first heat of the men’s 60-meter hurdles, earning the last spot in Saturday’s finals. In the women’s race, sophomore Tonea Marshall qualified for the finals in 8.11 seconds, while sophomore Brittley Humphrey placed 14th in a time of 8.14 seconds.
Freshman jumper JuVaughn Blake placed 15th in the men’s long jump with jump of 23’ 2” (7.06m) in his first-ever NCAA finals competition. Blake will compete in the high jump on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Thoughts on today’s events from LSU head coach Dennis Shaver:
“This is unlike any of the other national championship meet. It’s kind of like a roller coaster. You can have things that go really well and things that fall your way. Then there is going to be something that you are disappointed in. But I thought we had a really good qualifying day as far as moving people through.
It all boils down to tomorrow. You don’t want to have a bunch of eighth-place finishes. We’ve got to get in there and battle for some points and help our team.
I thought Damion Thomas getting through as a freshman and making the finals, even though he didn’t run his best, he competed really well.
The same holds true with Aleia Hobbs running the 60. I thought she looked really sharp. And we’ve got to get Mikiah back going again. She didn’t look quite as sharp today, but I know she will recover. She has got enough experience to be ready to go tomorrow.
Tomorrow with Tonea in the 60 hurdles, half the women’s field in the 60 meters is LSU athletes, we have to battle for those points. And of course, we’ve got the 4x4, too. So I think we are in pretty good shape for the women.
WatchESPN.com will provide a live stream of Saturday’s finals at 4 p.m. on Saturday. A re-air of the championship races will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 11 on ESPN2. Live results will be available through FlashResults.com.
Saturday Schedule of Events
3:30 p.m. – Men’s High Jump – JuVaughn Blake
5:10 p.m. – Men’s 60 Meter Hurdles – Damion Thomas
5:20 p.m. – Women’s 60 Meter Hurdles – Tonea Marshall
5:50 p.m. – Men’s 200 Meters – Jaron Flournoy
6 p.m. – Women’s 200 Meters – Kortnei Johnson