FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — LSU’s Vernon Norwood and Florida’s Najee Glass stepped onto the track in the final heat of the men’s 400-meter dash and turned in the world’s fastest race of the indoor season to headline Saturday’s action at Arkansas’ Randal Tyson Track Center.
With Norwood opening his season with a blistering run of 45.56 seconds, it was Glass who took the tape with his winning run of 45.34.
Norwood highlighted a weekend in which the Tigers and Lady Tigers produced four event wins, 21 indoor personal bests and seven performances that rank among the NCAA’s Top 16 for 2015.
Shot put standout Tori Bliss opened with a throw of 57 feet, 1½ inches to win by more four feet over her next closest competitor.
In the 60-meter hurdles, Lady Tigers freshman Daeshon Gordon won with a time of 8.30.
Two other Lady Tigers lined up alongside Gordon in the 60-meter hurdles final were Mariah Georgetown clocking 8.55 for sixth place and freshman Mikiah Brisco running 8.73 for seventh place.
ARIAS LEADS SWEEP OF PURDUE: The LSU men (4-1) defeated Purdue (2-3) by a score of 7-0 at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium on Saturday behind a dominating performance from junior Boris Arias.
No. 39 LSU 7, No. 49 Purdue 0
1. Jordan Daigle def. Ricky Medinilla, 7-6, 6-3
2. Chris Simpson def. Diego Acosta, 6-0, 6-4
3. Tam Trinh def. Mateus Silva, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6
4. Boris Arias def. Renan Hanayama, 6-0, 6-0
5. Justin Butsch def. Arthur Dobradin, 6-0, 6-1
6. Simon Freund def. Lucas Dages, 1-6, 6-1, 15-13
1. Tam Trinh-Eric Perez def. Diego Acosta-Ricky Medinilla, 6-4
2. Boris Arias-Jordan Daigle def. Arthur Dobradin/Mateus Silva, 6-0
3. Chris Simpson-Justin Butsch vs. Lucas Dages/Renan Hanayama, 5-4, unfinished
LADY TIGERS SWEEP NORTHWESTERN STATE, JACKSON STATE: The LSU women’s tennis team moved to 5-1 after defeating Northwestern State and Jackson State 7-0 on Saturday at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.
No. 37 LSU 7, Northwestern State 0
1. #28 Joana Vale Costa, def. Tatiana Larina, 6-1, 6-0
2. #65 Skylar Kuykendall, def. Natalya Krutova, 6-3, 6-3
3. #74 Abigail Owens, def. Aliona Ladutska, 6-3, 6-2
4. Ella Taylor, def. Barbora Kollarova, 6-2, 6-0
5. Skylar Holloway, def. Polina Ivanova, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
6. Amanda Atanasson, def. Emily Kerr, 6-2, 6-2
1. Aliona Ladutska-Tatiana Larina, NWLA def. Abigail Owens-Skylar Kuykendall 6-3
2. Ella Taylor-Skylar Holloway, def. Barbora Kollarova-Natalya Krutova, 6-1
3. Joana Vale Costa-Madara Straume, def. Emily Kerr-Polina Ivanova, 7-5
LSU 7, Jackson State 0
1. Skylar Kuykendall, def. Anastasia Zyvahintse, 6-2, 6-1
2. Noel Scott, def. Akshatha Ananth ,6-1, 6-1
3. Abigail Owens, def. Llona Zuishliuk 6-1, 6-1
4. Ella Taylor, def. Karina Ono, 6-1, 6-0
5. Skylar Holloway, def. Rebekah Adewumi, 6-0, 6-1
6. Amanda Atanasson, win by forfeit
1. Skylar Kuykendall-Abigail Owens, vs. Anastasia Zyvahintse-Llona Zuishliuk, 3-2, unfinished
2. Skylar Holloway-Ella Taylor, def. Rebekah Adewumi-Karina Ono, 6-1
3. Amanda Atanasson-Madara Straume, def. Akshatha Ananth-Julia Angermann, 6-0
Swimming and diving
RECORDS GO DOWN ON FINAL DAY OF QUAD MEET: Diver Cassie Weil broke her own school record, and LSU’s team of Caley Oquist, Colleen O’Neil, Kara Kopcso and Amber Carter set a pool record on the final day of the quad meet.
After two days of competition, the 20th-ranked women’s team defeated Houston, Rice and Tulane to move to 7-4.
The 400-medley relay team set the new pool record with a time of 3 minutes, 37.41 seconds.
Weil broke her own record on platform with a score of 316.55. Devon Dabney and Jane MacDougall took first and second in the 500 free with times of 4:52.18 and 4:54.34.
Jennifer Reese and Danielle Stirrat took first and second with times of 1:58.56 and 2:00.40 in the 200 backstroke.
Megan Cox added a win with a time of 1:59.01 in the 200 fly.
Kopcso won the 400 IM with a time of 4:20.36.
The 200 freestyle relay of Angele Cherbonnier, Amber Carter, Oquist and Troskot won with a time of 1:34.11.