PHILADELPHIA — The LSU women’s track and field team was off to a strong start in the Penn Relay Carnival after senior Tori Bliss scored in the women’s shot put title and sophomore Nataliyah Friar soared to a wind-legal personal best to claim the women’s long jump Thursday.

Bliss fired a winning throw of 56 feet, 5¾ inches in the shot put and Friar posted a best of 20-7¾ to set the pace for LSU.

LSU freshman Gabby Figueroa won the hammer throw in the college champion division with a throw of 184-1.

Bliss was the first to take her place on the award’s podium during Thursday’s opener as LSU’s first Penn Relays champion in the women’s shot put since the great Danyel Mitchell 23 years ago in 1992.

Sophomore Rebekah Wales nearly made it four wins for the Lady Tigers to open the meet when she unleashed her second-best throw of the season at 172-3 to capture second place in the championship section in the women’s javelin.

The qualifying round in the women’s Championship of America 4x400-meter relay marked the end of Thursday’s action on the track for the Lady Tigers as they turned in a time of 3 minutes, 44.46 seconds to claim third place in the third heat and 10th place overall in the event. As the 10th place team, they qualified as the No. 1 seed into the college final that will run as part of Saturday’s meet finale.

Running 3:44.46 in the qualifying round of the 4x400 relay were Daeshon Gordon, Jada Martin, Travia Jones and Chanice Chase.