Lubbock, Texas – LSU track and field senior Tonea Marshall became the third-fastest hurdler in NCAA track and field history on Saturday after she ran a personal best of 7.86 in the 60 meter hurdles at the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center.
Marshall, a native of Arlington, Texas, came into the race with a prior personal best of 8.04 in the 60 hurdles that she ran as a sophomore back in 2018, but that all changed in a mere 7.86 seconds on Saturday. It was a spectacle to see as she easily glided over the hurdles in her way to the finish line en route to victory and her second LSU school record; she also holds the 100 meter hurdles school record outdoors. The readout put her at No. 3 on the all-time NCAA list behind record holder Brianna Rollins-McNeal (7.78/2013) of Clemson, and the NCAA No. 2 all-time performer, Virginia Powell (7.84/2006) of USC. The 7.86 is a world lead for 2020 as well.
Mercy Abire, a senior member of LSU’s jumps squad, registered herself a personal best in the long jump to register an NCAA best. A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Abire leaped out to a mark of 21’ 1.50” (6.44 meters) on her sixth and final attempt of the night to claim the victory. The PR of 21’ 1.50” moved her into a tie for fourth on LSU’s indoor list and make her the owner of the second-longest long jump in the world for 2020.
JuVaughn Harrison, a member of The Bowerman’s preseason watch list, won his first title of the season with a high jump clearance of 7’ 5” (2.26 meters). The clearance of 7’ 5” is No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 4 in the world for 2020.
It wasn’t only Marshall who had an impressive hurdle performance on Saturday. On the men’s side, Damion Thomas ran a season best of 7.69 to win the title and rank No. 4 in the NCAA. Fellow hurdler Eric Edwards Jr. joined him by running a season best of 7.71 to claim second place and check in at No. 6 on the NCAA list. On the women’s side, Brittley Humphrey ran a season best of 8.15 for third overall, second collegiately, and freshman Alia Armstrong took fourth overall with a time of 8.29. The 8.15 for Humphrey is No. 5 on the NCAA list.
The women’s/men’s 60 meter dash crew did not disappoint either taking the track right after LSU’s spectacular showings in the hurdles. Akanni Hislop (6.65/PR) and Dylan Peebles (6.66/PR) ran to a one-two finish on the men’s side with a pair of top-10 NCAA times. The times of 6.65 (T5th) and 6.66 (T8th) are also LSU top-10 times. The women’s sprinting duo of Symone Mason (7.24/PR) and Thelma Davies (7.30/matched PR) dashed to the top two collegiate spots in the field. Mason’s time is No. 7 in the NCAA and Davies currently ranks No. 10 nationally.
LSU had four other collegiate event winners on the day. Alicia Stamey in the mile run, Rayvon Grey in the long jump, Davis Bove in the 800 meters, and Abby O’Donoghue in the high jump. Stamey ran a personal best time of 5:04.04 for her first-place finish in front of teammate Julia Palin (5:10.58/second place). In the high jump, O’Donoghue finished second overall, but was the top collegiate performer with a clearance of 5’ 10.75” (1.80 meters); teammate Nyagoa Bayak took third overall, second collegiately in her collegiate debut by clearing 5’ 8.75” (1.75 meters). Bove won his second-straight race of his collegiate career with a personal best readout of 1:54.57 in the 800 meters. Gray was the final LSU champion of the day with his second win of the season in the long jump with a leap of 25’ 7.25” (7.80 meters).
In the men’s 200 meter dash, Charles Lewis (20.91) and Dorian Camel (21.21) ran personal bests in their races to finish second and fourth, respectively. Lewis’ time rates as the seventh fastest in the NCAA, while Camel’s is just outside the top 10 nationally. The women’s quarter-mile crew of Jurnee Woodward (55.63), Katy-Ann McDonald (56.70), and Hannah Carroll (57.65) took second, third, and fourth respectively in the 400 meter dash.
Both of LSU’s 4×400 meter relay took home gold with nationally ranked times. The men’s foursome of Dorian Camel, Raymond Kibet, Dylan Peebles and Tyler Terry combined to run a 3:08.23 to register the No. 2 time in the land. The women’s 4×400 squad of Brittley Humphrey, Symone Mason, Jurnee Woodward and Amber Anning ran a 3:38.22 to win and rank eighth nationally.
Four other field athletes registered podium finishes. In the triple jump, Christian Miller registered a season best of 51’ 4.50” (15.66 meters) to claim silver. Amber Hart took third in the shot put with a personal best heave of 46’ 11” (14.12 meters). In the weight throw, freshman Emma Robbins took second on the women’s side with a mark of 55’ 7.50” (16.95 meters) and junior Jake Norris placed third for the men with a toss of 66’ 5.25” (19.87 meters).
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