EUGENE, Ore. — LSU didn’t win team titles in the NCAA track and field championships that ended Saturday, but the Tigers and Lady Tigers did take away some memories from the four-day meet.
Less than 24 hours after the Tigers won the 4x100-meter relay in a Hayward Field record of 38.42 seconds, the Lady Tigers matched the feat Saturday by setting a stadium record of 42.65 in the first running event of the day.
The team of Mikiah Brisco, Kortnei Johnson, Jada Martin and Rushell Harvey broke a two-decade old stadium record that already belonged to LSU. The Lady Tigers got the stick around in 42.76 seconds in 1996.
It was the fifth time, and first since 2003, that LSU has swept the sprint relays. They also doubled up back in 1992, ’93 and ’94.
No other school has swept the 4x100 titles in the same year since the men and women started holding a dual NCAA meet in 1982.
Overall, the Lady Tigers have 14 titles in the 4x100 and the Tigers nine.
Another relays sweep
With twin wins in the men’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays on Friday night, LSU has now swept the titles in the same meet three times.
LSU, which also took both relays in 2003 and ’06, became the first school to claim both since Florida did it in 2013.
The Tigers have now won nine 4x100 titles (1992, ’93, ’94, 2002, ’03, ’06, ’08, ’12, ’16) and six 4x400 crowns (1979, 2003, ’05, ’06, ’15, ’16).
Fifty-one and counting
The relay wins Friday night were the 50th and 51st for LSU all-time in the NCAA men’s outdoor championships, a meet the Tigers first scored in back in 1933 when it won the first of the school’s four team titles.
The 51 individual and relay titles ranks LSU fifth in NCAA history behind USC (117), Oregon (72), UCLA (62) and Arkansas (53).
TU’s Blocker scores
Tulane senior Jasmine Blocker was the only female athlete from a state school other than LSU to score at the NCAA championships.
Blocker, the first Tulane sprinter to compete in an NCAA final since Gloria Asumnu raced in the 200 final in 2007, earned two points for the Green Wave with a seventh-place finish in the 400 meters.
Blocker clocked in at 53.14 seconds after making advancing in the semifinals with a time of 52.89.
New look for ’17
The 2017 NCAA championships will be held in Eugene for the fifth year in a row, but that one will have a different look for the June 7-10 competition.
Venerable Hayward Field, which was built in 1919, will undergo the first phase of a major renovation project in September to start getting ready for the 2021 World Championships.
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