Two members of the LSU women’s track and field team received honors Tuesday for their performances in the season-opening LSU Indoor Invitational.
Senior thrower Tori Bliss was named the NCAA Division I national women’s athlete of the week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and a little more than an hour later she and freshman hurdler Mikiah Brisco, a Baton Rouge native, were recognized by the Southeastern Conference.
Bliss established herself as an early-season NCAA title contender in the women’s shot put when she shattered LSU’s 21-year-old indoor school record with a winning mark of 57 feet, 2¾ inches to claim the USFTCCCA honor. Her throw broke the old mark of 55-10½ set by Danyel Mitchell, a former NCAA discus champion, in 1994.
Bliss, the NCAA outdoor runner-up in the shot put a year ago, was also chosen as the SEC women’s field athlete of the week for producing the mark that stands as the early national leader.
Bliss’ series included four throws that were longer than her previous indoor best of 53-1 entering the meet. She opened with a 54-8¾, improved to 55-4¼ in the fourth round and then put out back-to-back school records of 56-8½ and 57-2¾ in the fifth and sixth rounds of the final.
Brisco, a former Baton Rouge High star, won the 60-meter hurdles title in her first meet in an LSU uniform to collect the SEC women’s freshman of the week honor.
After clocking a time of 8.60 seconds in the prelims, Brisco recorded a time of 8.46 in the final — just off the 8.45 she set as a senior at Baton Rouge High. Her time puts her 11th on the early NCAA performance line and second among freshmen.