Track and Field Ready for NCAA Championships
Asst. Communications Director
Competition Schedule - All Times Listed Below are CST
Jake Norris - Hammer Throw - 4 p.m.
4x100 Meter Relay - 6:32 p.m.
Damion Thomas - 110m Hurdles - 7:32 p.m.
JuVaughn Blake - Long Jump - 8 p.m.
Rayvon Grey - Long Jump - 8 p.m.
Christian Boyd - 400m Hurdles - 8:30 p.m.
Jaron Flournoy - 200m Dash - 8:44 p.m.
Renard Howell - 200m Dash - 8:44 p.m.
4x400 Meter Relay - 9:48 p.m.
Baton Rouge, La. – The No. 7 LSU women’s and No. 8 LSU men’s track and field teams are set to take on the 2018 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., this Wednesday through Saturday at the historic Hayward Field. The men will compete on Wednesday and Friday, while the women’s competition will take place on Thursday and Saturday.
LSU has a total of 15 individuals competing in a combined 17 events plus two relay squads on both sides. This will be the fourth-straight year in which the NCAA Championships have operated with the split format for the men and women. The first Tiger in action this week will be Jake Norris in the hammer throw at 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday.
The 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be broadcasted exclusively on the ESPN networks. The men’s meet will air on ESPN2 (Wednesday/6:30 p.m. CT) and ESPN (Friday/7:30 p.m. CT) while the women’s meet will follow the same schedule – ESPN2 (Thursday/6 p.m. CT) and ESPN (Saturday/5:30 p.m. CT). In addition to the coverage on national television, all field events will be streamed in their entirety on WatchESPN; the full list of streams can be found at ncaa.com. Live results and heat sheets of the four-day meet will be available at ncaa.com.
LSU at the NCAA Outdoor Championships
Both the women’s and men’s teams finished in a tie for seventh place at the 2017 NCAA outdoor championships; the women tallied a total of 32 points and the men scored 20. The Lady Tigers own an astounding 14 team outdoor national titles while the men have racked up four natty titles. Combining individual champions and relay titles, LSU’s women have claimed a total of 59 national event titles, which leads the NCAA. The men have combined for a total of 51 event titles to rank fifth in NCAA history.
The men’s program enters the meet riding a streak of 20-straight top-10 finishes at the national outdoor meet; the 20-straight top-10 showings is the longest active streak in the NCAA. During that same span, the Lady Tigers have won three national team titles while collecting 13 additional top-10 finishes.
No One Faster
The women’s 4x100 meter relay squad of Mikiah Brisco, Kortnei Johnson, Rachel Misher and Aleia Hobbs are now collegiate record holders in an event that LSU has dominated throughout the history of NCAA track and field. Owning a season-best readout of 42.49, the quartet entered the SEC Championships as the heavy favorite and they backed it up. The foursome came together to circle the Tom Black Track (Knoxville, Tenn.) in a collegiate record-setting time of 42.05 to claim the gold medal – LSU’s third-straight SEC title in the event. The time of 42.05 is a 2018 world lead and LSU owns six of the eight fastest collegiate times this season.
Aleia Hobbs – The Bowerman
Senior sprinter Aleia Hobbs has been a mainstay on The Bowerman Watch List ever since she won her first career individual national title in the 60 meter dash at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. She made her fourth-consecutive appearance on the star-studded list that was released on May 16. Hobbs had a dominant SEC meet winning the 100 meter dash with a meet and facility record of 10.92. In the prelims of the SEC meet, Hobbs ran a 100 meter dash time of 10.93; with those two performances, the New Orleans native now owns three of the five fastest wind-legal 100 meter dash times in NCAA history. A short time ago at the NCAA East Preliminaries, Hobbs clocked times of 10.98 and 10.90 to easily secure herself a spot in the 100 meter dash at the NCAA Championships. Those two sub-11 second times are the fastest in NCAA East Preliminary history. Hobbs has now run four wind-legal sub-11 second races in 2018, something that no other woman in the world has accomplished this season. Her wind-legal 10.90 is ranked No. 2 in the world for 2018.
Sprint Relay Dominance
The history of LSU’s 4x100 meter relay is second to none. The Tigers remain the only school in NCAA history to win both the women’s and men’s 4x1 titles at the same NCAA meet, and they’ve done it five times. From 1992 to 1994, 2003 and 2016, those are the five years in which the Purple and Gold have made it a sweep in the 4x100 meter relay. In 2018, the Tigers are primed to sweep the top podium spot again. The women’s team is ranked No. 1 by a long shot with a collegiate record of 42.05, and the men’s squad – Kary Vincent Jr., Renard Howell, Correion Mosby and Jaron Flournoy – come into the meet with the second fastest time in the nation, a 38.76 that they clocked at the SEC Championships to take down the top-ranked Arkansas’ relay squad.
100 Meter Dash History
LSU has had a woman win the 100 meter dash national title seven times in program history which leads the NCAA record book. Oregon and USC are both tied for second with four. The sprinting duo of Mikiah Brisco and Aleia Hobbs have a great chance to add another LSU title to the record book this week. Hobbs will enter the meet as the favorite (10.86w), but Brisco is also the reigning NCAA champion in the event with a season best of 10.99w. If either Hobbs or Brisco takes home the gold medal, it will mark the fourth time in program history that LSU has claimed back-to-back 100 meter dash titles.
- The USTFCCCA released the all-time event scoring rankings prior to this week’s NCAA Championships and to no surprise, LSU ranks at the top of numerous events in total points scored in the history of the outdoor NCAA meet. The LSU women own the top-point totals in five of 21 events contested at the annual meet. The Lady Tigers have scored an NCAA-most points in the 100 meter dash (279 points), 200 meter dash (238 points), 100 meter hurdles (194 points), 4x100 meter relay (229 points) and the triple jump (91 points). The men’s program owns the most all-time NCAA points in the 4x100 meter dash with 178.
- LSU is undoubtedly the cream of the crop when it comes to the women’s 4x100 meter relay. In collegiate history, LSU owns five of the top 10 4x100 meter relay times in NCAA history, all of which they have run in the last two years. Mikiah Brisco, Kortnei Johnson and Aleia Hobbs have been members of all five of those times.
- Eight of the fastest 100 meter dashes in NCAA history by women have been run by an athlete donning the Purple and Gold. Aleia Hobbs leads the way with four of the top seven wind-legal times in NCAA history.
- Aleia Hobbs, Mikiah Brisco and Dennis Shaver will appear on TrackTown Live, a preview show leading up to the NCAA Championships at 5 p.m. CT on Tuesday afternoon. The show will air on WatchESPN and Facebook Live (TrackTown USA).
4x100 Meter Relay - 6:02 p.m.
Tonea Marshall - 100m Hurdles - 7:02 p.m.
Mikiah Brisco - 100m Dash - 7:16 p.m.
Aleia Hobbs - 100m Dash - 7:16 p.m.
Cassondra Hall - 100m Dash - 7:16 p.m.
Rachel Misher - 400m Dash - 7:30 p.m.
Kymber Payne - 400m Hurdles - 8 p.m.
Mikiah Brisco - 200m Dash - 8:14 p.m.
Kortnei Johnson - 200m Dash - 8:14 p.m.
4x400 Meter Relay - 9:18 p.m.
In all of the individual track races on Wednesday and Thursday, there will be three heats in each event and the top two from each heat will advance to the finals plus the next two fastest times. The same advancement qualifications will apply for relays as well.
JuVaughn Blake - High Jump - 7 p.m.
4x100 Meter Relay - 7:32 p.m.*
Damion Thomas - 110m Hurdles - 8:12 p.m.*
Christian Boyd - 400m Hurdles - 8:57 p.m.*
Jaron Flournoy - 200m Dash - 9:07 p.m.*
Renard Howell - 200m Dash - 9:07 p.m.*
4x400 Meter Relay - 9:51 p.m.*
Kaitlyn Walker - High Jump - 5 p.m.
4x100 Meter Relay - 5:32 p.m.*
Tonea Marshall - 100m Hurdles - 6:12 p.m.*
Mikiah Brisco - 100m Dash - 6:22 p.m. *
Aleia Hobbs - 100m Dash - 6:22 p.m. *
Cassondra Hall - 100m Dash - 6:22 p.m. *
Rachel Misher - 400m Dash - 6:32 p.m. *
Kymber Payne - 400m Hurdles - 6:57 p.m. *
Mikiah Brisco - 200m Dash - 7:07 p.m. *
Kortnei Johnson - 200m Dash - 7:07 p.m. *
4x400 Meter Relay - 7:51 p.m. *
*dependent on qualifying heats from Wednesday and Thursday