EUGENE, Ore. — The streak continues for the LSU men’s track and field team at the NCAA championships.
LSU extended a lengthy scoring streak when the Tigers won the 4x100-meter relay final Friday night and collected their first 10 points of the meet.
It marked the 33rd consecutive year LSU has scored at the national outdoor meet, a streak that began quietly with four points back in 1984.
It’s the fifth-longest active streak in Division I track and field behind Baylor and Texas A&M (39 each), Texas (38) and USC (35).
Lady Tigers set
After watching the LSU men go to the starting line eight times Friday night for finals at the NCAA championships, the Lady Tigers will get their turn Saturday afternoon.
The four-day NCAA championships come to a close at Hayward Field with the Lady Tigers having six entrants after they advanced through the semifinals on Thursday night.
In addition to having its 4x100- and 4x400 relays advance to finals, LSU qualified in four events with Chanice Chase in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, Mikiah Brisco in the 100 meters and Morgan Schuetz in the 800.
Chase is the first LSU athlete to qualify for both hurdles finals at the NCAA championships since Nickiesha Wilson did it in 2008. Wilson won the 400 hurdles and was the runner-up in the 100 hurdles that year.
Coming on strong
After failing to qualify for the final in the 100 hurdles at the Southeastern Conference championships in mid-May, Chase has been on a roll.
Coming back from the disappointment of not making the 100 hurdles final, she claimed second place in the 400 hurdles at the SEC meet, then qualified for both races through the first three rounds of the NCAA championships.
Thursday night, Chase anchored the 4x400 relay team that was in fourth place when she got the baton. She was still in fourth with 200 meters to go before passing Alabama and Tennessee in the home stretch to get her team into tonight’s final.
Happy 50th for LSU
The win in the sprint relay to start Friday’s slate of finals was the 50th individual or relay victory for LSU at the NCAA outdoor championships.
The 50th title ranks LSU fifth in NCAA history. Going into the meet, USC led with 116, followed by Oregon (69), UCLA (62), Arkansas (50) and LSU (49).
The Lady Tigers will be in both the 4x100 and 4x400 finals Saturday night, following the Tigers’ appearance in both relays on Friday evening.
LSU is one of only two schools to qualify for the finals in all four relays in the men’s and women’s divisions at this meet. The only other team to be in all four finals is Florida.
Tulane senior Jasmine Blocker will line up in the 400 meters final Saturday after earning a spot with a second-place finish in Thursday’s semifinals with a time of 52.89 seconds.
Blocker is the first Tulane sprinter to compete in an NCAA final since Gloria Asumnu raced in the 200 meters final in 2007.