FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — LSU’s Charlene Lipsey and Natoya Goule turned in the NCAA’s two fastest times in the 800-meter run while making their season debuts in the event as the LSU track and field teams combined for seven top-10 performances nationally during Saturday’s finale at the Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Goule outlased Lipsey for the 800-meter title at the Razorback Invitational with each NCAA contender setting a new indoor personal record in the race.
Goule smashed her previous indoor best of 2 minutes, 5.79 seconds by more than two seconds with a2:03.49 to move to the top of the NCAA rankings. Lipsey set a new indoor PR with a second-place time of 2:03.76 for the No. 2 spot in the NCAA this season.
Their performances rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the women’s 800-meter run.
The middle distance stars were among seven NCAA top-10 performances turned in by LSU on Saturday as senior Kimberlyn Duncan (60 meters); juniors Keri Emanuel (triple jump), Denise Hinton (weight throw) and Jasmin Stowers (60 hurdles); and the Lady Tigers’ 4x400-meter relay each cemented their positions among the nation’s elite.
Goule and Lipsey pulled double-duty on Saturday while running for the Lady Tigers on their 4x400-meter relay, which set a new seasonal-best in a fourth-place finish.
Lipsey split 54.51 seconds on the second leg before Goule anchored with a 52.41-second split as they teamed with senior Siedda Herbert (55.29) and sophomore Montenae Roye-Speight (54.24) in setting the NCAA’s sixth-fastest time this season at 3:36.45.
In the women’s 60-meter dash, Duncan dominated the field with a PR of 7.22 to finish the meet as the NCAA’s No. 3-ranked sprinter in the event. Teammate Takeia Pinckney was second in the 60-meter final after running back-to-back seasonal-bests of 7.40, while junior Toshika Sylvester took eighth place in the final at 7.57.
The men’s 60-meter final also turned in a pair of seasonal-bests for the Tigers as Damar Forbes and Aaron Ernest each set personal records on Saturday.
Ernest claimed second place in the first semifinal race with a lifetime best and the eighth-fastest performance in LSU history at 6.70. He clocked a 6.71 in the men’s 60-meter final for a silver-medal-winning runner-up finish to Florida State’s Marvin Bracy (6.61) for the event crown.
Forbes posted back-to-back personal bests with a run of 6.84 in the semifinal round and 6.77 in the final en route to a sixth-place finish overall. Joining his teammates in the 60-meter final was Rynell Parson (6.76), who finished fifth.
The LSU athletes advanced to Saturday’s final in the 60-meter hurdles.
Jasmin Stowers cracked the NCAA’s top-10 with a season-best run of 8.25.
for second place in the women’s final. Shanekia Hall took fourth place in the final after running 8.32 in her second race of the day.
In the 60-meter men’s hurdles, Joshua Thompson secured a fourth-place finish with a top time this season of 7.89 in the final.
Emanuel smashed her indoor PR in a runner-up finish in the women’s triple jump with her best mark of the day at 42 feet, 8 ¾ inches. Lynnika Pitts followed in fifth place while matching her seasonal-best of 40-6.
Hinton won her third straight women’s weight throw title of the season with a seasonal-best mark of 67-6.
LSU’s Laura Carleton led a host of other athletes setting personal records Saturday.
Carleton claimied a fourth-place finish in the women’s invitational 3,000 meters (9:21.92).
Other LSU athletes setting indoor PRs on Saturday included Dakota Goodman (10:08.76) and junior Laura Aleman (10:17.56) in the 3,000 meters, sophomore Quincy Downing (47.38) in the 400 meters and sophomore Barrett Miller (4:16.36) and freshman Andria Aguilar (5:03.39) in the mile.
LSU returns to action next weekend to The Armory, in New York City for The Armory Collegiate Invitational.