EUGENE, Ore. — After scoring 11 points on Thursday, the LSU women’s track and field team will try to extend its streak of nine consecutive top-10 finishes when the NCAA championships end a four-day run Saturday.
The eighth-ranked Lady Tigers will have six more scoring opportunities on the final day of the meet after Tori Bliss and Rebekah Wales combined to put the first points on the scoreboard Thursday.
Bliss finished third in the shot put and Wales was fourth in the javelin to give LSU a leg up on another top-10 finish. In addition, the Lady Tigers placed in the top-seven in 15 of the last 16 meets dating to the 1999 championships.
LSU will have a 4x100-meter relay team on the track Saturday, which advanced in Thursday’s semifinals, and they’ll also have freshman Aleia Hobbs in the 100, Jada Martin in the 200, and Chanice Chase and freshman Daeshon Gordon in the 100-meter hurdles.
Nataliyah Friar will also compete in the triple jump.
When Wales finished fourth in the javelin on Thursday with a throw of 178 feet, she accomplished something no Lady Tigers athlete had done since seven years before she was born.
Wales became LSU’s third All-American in the javelin, and first since Cheryl Coker did it in the 1988 meet — which was also held at Hayward Field.
The only other javelin All-American in program history was Laverne Eve, who won the NCAA title in 1987.
Two in the 200
When LSU’s Aaron Ernest and Tremayne Acy raced in the 200 meters final on Friday night, it marked the first time in 17 years that the Tigers had two men advance to the final in that event.
The last duo to accomplish that feat were Curtis Perry and Byron Logan in 1998. Perry won the title that season.
The only other time the LSU men had two finalists in the 200 was in 1989 when Slip Watkins and Dino Napier helped the Tigers win the team title.
Acy finished fourth and Ernest was fifth in the final.
Acy ended his sophomore season with a rush.
The Dallas native wasn’t even on the school’s all-time list in the 200 meters after posting a personal-record time of 20.51 seconds at the LSU Alumni Gold meet on April 18, but shot up the charts in recent weeks.
He lowered his PR to 20.25 seconds at the NCAA East preliminary rounds, tying him for fifth on the all-time list, then moved up to third with another PR of 20.17 in Wednesday’s semifinals.
The only LSU athletes to run faster than Acy in that event are Xavier Carter, who clocked a 19.63 in 2006, and Ernest, who recorded a 20.14 in 2014.
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