Seniors Charlene Lipsey and Laura Carleton opened their outdoor season by running two of the NCAA’s fastest times in a 1-2 finish in the 1,500 meters and 10 athletes set outdoor personal records in Friday’s opening day of competition at the LSU Relays at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
In the wake of her bronze-medal-winning third-place finish in the 800-meter final at the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships two weeks ago, Lipsey opened her outdoor campaign with a strong performance in defending her 1,500-meter championship.
Lipsey raced to an NCAA-leading 4 minutes, 21.78 seconds ahead of Carleton in second place to emerge as the nation’s fastest 1,500-meter runner early in the outdoor season. Carleton followed with the NCAA’s No. 4-ranked performance at 4:24.00.
Sophomore Philip Primeaux made it a clean sweep of 1,500-meter titles for LSU on Friday as he smashed his personal record in the first heat with a winning run of 3:56.27, breaking his previous PR effort by more than three seconds. He ran 3:59.37 at the LSU Relays a season ago.
Fellow sophomores Barrett Miller and Philip Dempsey also ran personal bests in the 1,500 meters as Miller followed Primeaux in third place at 3:58.38 and Dempsey trailed in 10th place at 4:02.27.
Denise Hinton set a personal best in the hammer throw, cracking the top 5 in the NCAA rankings with a throw of 195 feet, 11 inches on her first toss of the outdoor season. She finished runner-up to the winning mark of 202-1 by Akron’s Brittany Funk also set during the first round of throws.
Hinton also moved up one spot into the No. 5 position on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the hammer event while passing the career-best of 195-9 by former Lady Tiger All-SEC performer Kim Williams by just two Also leading the way in the field events Friday were senior Lacey Sanchez and junior Brianne Bergeron as each set lifetime personal records in the pole vault.
Sanchez cleared consecutive heights of 12-10 and 13-1 ¾ on her first attempt as she opened her outdoor season with a second-place finish to the winning clearance of 13-5 ¾ by Arkansas State’s Stephanie Foreman. It strengthened her position as the No. 3-ranked pole vaulter outdoors in Lady Tiger history while eclipsing her previous lifetime best of 13-1 ½ set during the 2010 season.
Bergeron climbed into the No. 7 spot in the school rankings with a PR performance of her own after clearing a height of 11-8 on her third attempt en route to an 11th-place finish.
Juniors Leigh-Ann Naccari and Laura Aleman wrapped up Friday’s events for the Lady Tigers by running personal records in the final of the women’s 5,000 meters. Naccari eclipsed her previous best my more than six seconds with a run of 17:42.22 for fourth place, and Aleman broke her previous best by five seconds with a run of 18:11.54 for seventh place.
William Wiesler ended the night with his first collegiate victory in the men’s 5,000-meter title in 15:07.86 while slashing nearly 40 seconds off of his previous outdoor PR in the event. Wiesler had run a career-best of 15:46.35 in the 5K outdoors entering Friday’s race as he took home his first title as an LSU Tiger.
Fellow junior Roger Cooke also ran a personal best in the men’s 5,000 meters as he took third place overall with a run of 15:25.26 in the final event of the evening.
Saturday’s championship finals at the LSU Relays are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. A morning session is set for 10 a.m. with the field events followed by the first events on the track at 11 a.m.
LSU UPSETS NO. 7 OLE MISS: The No. 48 LSU men’s tennis team pulled off another dramatic Southeastern Conference victory Friday by defeating No. 7 Ole Miss (11-5, 4-3 SEC) 4-3 at the Dub.
With the match tied 3-3, it came down to the singles match on court five between LSU’s Mark Bowtell and Ole Miss’ Johan Backstrom. After dropping the first set 3-6, Bowtell battled back and won the second set 6-4 to send it to a decisive third set. With the match on the line, Bowtell came through for the Tigers winning the third set 6-4 to win the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and to secure the 4-3 victory for LSU.
“Mark Bowtell’s victory has so many components to it from being out a year with the injury, and to clinch a match at this level is a real comeback,” coach Jeff Brown said. “Just him coming back to the team was amazing, but for him to get back to this level is a real testament to what you can accomplish.”
#48 LSU 4, #7 Ole Miss 3
1. #14 Nik Scholtz (OLE MISS) def. Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. #13 Jonas Lutjen (OLE MISS) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. #99 Stefan Lindmark (OLE MISS) 6-2, 6-3
4. #69 William Kallberg (OLE MISS) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Mark Bowtell (LSU) def. Johan Backstrom (OLE MISS) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Boris Arias (LSU) def. Adrian Skogeng (OLE MISS) 7-5, 6-2
1. #6 Nik Scholtz/Jonas Lutjen (OLE MISS) def. Olivier Borsos/Roger Anderson (LSU) 8-4
2. Tam Trinh/Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. #40 Stefan Lindmark/Johan Backstrom (OLE MISS) 8-6
3. Mark Bowtell/Chris Simpson (LSU) def. William Kallberg/Zach Wilder (OLE MISS) 9-8 (7-4)
OLE MISS DEFEATS LSU: In Oxford, Miss., LSU had early success against No. 36 Ole Miss before falling to the Rebels to the Rebels 4-2 Friday at Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.
“It was absolutely high quality tennis out there,” coach Julia S. Sell said. “It was fun to play. I’m very proud of the way the girls competed today. Kaitlin (Burns) had a great win, and it just came down to a few points with Mary (Jeremiah). Ella (Taylor) also had a great match, and Ariel (Morton) really battled. It just came down to a few points.”
#36 Ole Miss 4, #54 LSU 2
1. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) def. #37 Caroline Rohde-Moe (OM) 6-3, 6-2
2. Julia Jones (OM) def. Mary Jeremiah (LSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
3. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. #66 Mai El Kamash (OM) 6-3, 6-1
4. Erin Stephens (OM) def. Ariel Morton (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Marija Milutinovic (OM) def. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
6. Vief Vlaar (OM) vs. Ebie Wilson (LSU) 6-0, 2-3, unfinished
1. #53 Caroline Rohde-Moe/Marija Milutinovic (OM) def. Mary Jeremiah/Ariel Morton (LSU) 8-5
2. Erin Stephens/Iris Verboven (OM) def. Keri Frankenberger/Ebie Wilson (LSU) 8-3
3. Mai El Kamash/Vief Vlaar (OM) vs. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor (LSU) 5-7, unfinished
Swimming and diving
WEIL EARNS NCAA HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN HONORS: In Indianapolis, Ind., LSU freshman diver Cassie Weil picked up NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors on the three-meter springboard during the second day of competition at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
Weil scored six team points for LSU by finishing 11th on the three-meter with a third place consolation final score of 337.50.
Weil narrowly missed making the championship final after taking ninth in the prelims with a score of 335.65, which was less than five points of the eighth place scorer. The freshman will have another opportunity Satureday on the platform, an event in which she owns LSU’s second best all-time score of 299.10.
Junior swimmer Torrey Bussey ended her 100 breaststroke (1:00.45) run in 21st place, her highest NCAA individual finish. Bussey will compete in the 200 breast Saturday.
The 200 medley relay team of freshman Caley Oquist, Bussey, junior Rainey White and sophomore Amber Carter finished in 20th with a mark of 1:38.66.