Not even a near four-hour weather delay could slow down the LSU track and field teams in their regular-season finale as the Tigers lowered their NCAA-leading time in the 4x100 meter relay and the teams combined for six NCAA Top 10s and seven event wins at Saturday’s LSU Invitational at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
LSU’s athletes also combined for 14 personal-best performances in their final appearance on their home track this season before they line up at the SEC outdoor track & field championships in two weeks.
The second annual event featured many of the nation’s top teams as No. 1-ranked Texas A&M took home the men’s team title with 171 points and No. 2-ranked Kentucky topped the charts on the women’s side with 125 points. The Lady Tigers were close second with 119 points, the men was third with 134 points.
Alabama finished runner-up with 154 points in the men’s standings followed by Arkansas (97.5) in fourth, Florida (56) in fifth, Miami (53) in sixth and Kentucky (48.5) in seventh. Rounding out the field for the women’s team title were Alabama (118.5) in third, Texas A&M (115.5) in fourth, Florida (100) in fifth, Arkansas (89) in sixth and Miami (9) in seventh.
The Tigers crossed the finish line in the men’s 4x100 with an NCAA-leading time for the third-straight week with a time 38.93. Athletics Canada came from behind on the anchor leg to win it in 38.92.
The Lady Tigers were also impressive in winning the women’s 4x100-meter relay with a seasonal best against a field that featured teams ranked Nos. 2-5 in the NCAA.
“We were a bit unsure with the weather maybe at first, but we’re glad to have gotten the opportunity to run those relays here before we go to the SEC meet in a couple of weeks,” Shaver said. “The men looked good. Renard ran the second leg for us for the first time, and did a nice job. Canada has a good sprint group and caught us there at the end. We’re starting to figure out the exchanges with the women, but I thought they had a good run today overall. Still some work to be done with both teams, but we’re getting there.”
The Tigers won the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3 minutes, 3.25 seconds.
Morgan Schuetz led from the gun to win the 1,500 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 20.21 seconds, breaking her previous best of 4:22.83. Florida’s Elisabeth Bergh trailed in second place with a time of 4:22.00, followed by Alabama’s Meropi Panagiotou in third place at 4:24.64.