Blair Henderson and senior Julian Parker each slashed nearly two seconds off of their personal bests in a 1-2 finish in the men’s 800-meter run to headline seven top-10 performances in the NCAA rankings by the LSU track and field teams during Saturday’s Battle on the Bayou at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

Fitzroy Dunkley (400 meters), Jordan Moore (110 hurdles), Mikiah Brisco (100 meters) and Aleia Hobbs (100 meters) and the Tigers’ 4x400-meter relay team each cracked the top 10 of the national rankings with their performances.

Henderson and Parker each broke 1 minute, 49 seconds for the first time in their collegiate careers in a heated race to the finish. Henderson was the first to cross the finish line with a personal-best time of 1:47.91, while Parker was the runner-up with a lifetime best of 1:47.99.

Dunkley turned in a personal best while cracking the NCAA’s top 5 with a win in the 400-meter dash before running the third leg on LSU’s mile relay, which clocked the fifth-fastest time nationally. Dunkley won in 46.55 ahead of teammate Cyril Grayson’s 47.20.

Dunkley and Grayson later teamed with Quincy Downing and Darrell Bush in winning the men’s 4x400-meter relay in 3:07.60 for the nation’s fifth-fastest time this season.

Brisco and Hobbs turned in a 1-2 finish in their collegiate debuts in the women’s 100-meter dash. In one of the only wind-legal races of the afternoon, Brisco won with a personal best of 11.47 (+2.0), ahead of Hobbs in second place with a 11.61 (+2.0).

Brisco’s effort tied for the No. 6 spot in the national rankings, while Hobbs tied for No. 9.

In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Moore ran a top wind-aided time on the year at 13.92 (+3.3) for the win for the 10th-fastest time in the nation.

LSU’s sprint relay team of Joshua Thompson, Vernon Norwood, Tremayne Acy and Aaron Ernest took the title in 39.32.

In the only event Friday, Travis Pope turned in a personal-record run of 31:26.24 to win the men’s 10,000 meters.

Christian Johnson had a personal best of 9:30.06 to take the top spot in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Moments after sophomore Ka’Lynn Jupiter (59.56) and freshman Daeshon Gordon (59.77) took the top two spots in the first section of the 400-meter hurdles, Kymber Payne followed with a heat-winning run of 59.48 in the second section to finish ahead of teammate Bryiana Richardson (59.97) for a 1-2 finish.

Gordon took third place overall with a time of 59.77 in her collegiate debut in the event, followed by Richardson in fifth place with a seasonal-best time of 59.97.

In the men’s discus, Rodney Brown set a Battle on the Bayou meet record of 203 feet, 3 inches in the fifth round to finish more than 30 feet in front of his nearest competitor.

LSU’s other event champions were Tori Bliss (162-8) in the women’s discus, Jeremy Tuttle (209-6) in the men’s javelin, Elizabeth Dunning (18:38.73) in the women’s 5,000 meters, Rushell Harvey (23.89w) in the women’s 200-meter dash and Jonathan Pitt (48-8) in the men’s triple jump.

Men’s golf

WRIGHT, RICARD LEAD TIGERS AT AGGIE INVITATIONAL: In Byran Texas, LSU’s Zach Wright wrapped up Saturday’s action in seventh place, and Eric Ricard tied for 10th place to lead the No. 6-ranked LSU men’s golf team on the opening day of Texas A&M’s Aggie Invitational in their regular-season finale at Traditions Golf Club.

Wright took the first-round lead with an opening score of 3-under par 69 in the morning before posting a 4-over par 76 in the afternoon to finish the day with a two-round total of 1-over par 145.

Ricard carded back-to-back rounds of 2-over 74 to finish at 4-over 148.

LSU is in fifth place in the 13-team field, posting team scores of 9-over 297 in the first round and 10-over 298 in the second round for 19-over par 595.

The Tigers will tee off in Sunday’s final round five strokes off the pace set by the trio of No. 16 Oklahoma, No. 41 Texas A&M and New Mexico State, who finished in a tie for the lead at 14-over 590.

The Tigers are paired with Arkansas and Texas Tech in Sunday’s final round and are scheduled to tee off from the first hole beginning at 8 a.m.


Second-round results

Team scores (Par 576): T1. Texas A&M 303-287 – 590 +14; Oklahoma 302-288 – 590 +14; New Mexico State 301-289 – 590 +14. 4. Arkansas 298-293 – 591 +15. 5. LSU 297-298 – 595 +19. 6. Texas Tech 308-291 – 599 +23. 7. California 307-297 – 604 +28. 8. North Texas 311-296 – 607 +31. 9. Kent State 314-297 – 611 +35. 10. Texas-San Antonio 315 -300 – 615 +39. 11. Michigan 318-302 – 620 +44. 12. Bowling Green 312-326 – 638 +62. 13. Princeton 336-321 – 657 +81.

Top 10 individuals (Par 144): 1. Ben Crancer, Texas A&M, 75-66 – 141 -3. T2. K.K. Limbhaust, California, 73-69 – 142 -2; Michael Gellerman, Oklahoma, 74-68 – 142 -2; Pat Beyhan, New Mexico State, 72-70 – 142 -2. 5. Wes Artac, Texas Tech, 73-70 – 143 -1. 6. Kolton Crawford, Arkansas, 72-72 – 144 E. 7. Zach Wright, LSU, 69-76 – 145 +1. T8. Kyle Mueller, Michigan, 74-73 – 147 +3; Taylor Moore, Arkansas, 76-71 – 147 +3. T10. Eric Ricard, LSU, 74-74 – 148 +4; J.J. Lindsey, Texas-San Antonio, 77-71 – 148 +4; Adria Arnaus, Texas A&M, 73-75 – 148 +4; Clement Sordet, Texas Tech, 77-71 – 148 +4; Kenneth Fadke, New Mexico State, 75-73 – 148 +4.

LSU scores: 7. Zach Wright, 69-76 – 145 +1. T10. Eric Ricard, 74-74 – 148 +4. T34. Brandon Pierce, 75-78 – 153 +9; Ben Taylor, 80-73 – 153 +9. T38. Stewart Jolly, 79-75 – 154 +10

Women’s tennis

LSU WRAPS UP ROAD SCHEDULE AT MISSOURI: In Columbia, Mo., twenty-fifth-ranked LSU wraps up the regular season road schedule at noon Sunday against Missouri at the Mizzou Tennis Center.

Men’s tennis

LSU VISITS AUBURN: In Auburn, Ala., after another close call in Gainesville, Florida, the LSU men’s tennis team continues it second-to-last road trip of the season facing Auburn at 1 p.m. Sunday.