LSU’s Tori Bliss kicked off her senior season by unleashing an indoor school record of 57 feet, 2¾ inches to win the women’s shot put crown in Friday’s LSU Indoor Invitational at the Carl Maddox Field House.
Southeastern Louisiana’s Jermisha Frazier was the runner-up with a throw of 48-6¾. Following in third place was McNeese State’s RaKira Turner with a 45-0¼.
Bliss smashed LSU’s 21-year-old indoor school record of 55-10½ that was set by former NCAA discus champion Danyel Mitchell in 1994.
LSU accounted for 10 indoor personal bests and 17 event wins during Friday’s competition.
Highlighting the action on the track was a sweep of men’s and women’s titles in both the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles as LSU’s athletes turned in some of the NCAA’s top performances early in the season.
Sophomore Jada Martin sett a new personal best in 7.34 seconds to take the women’s 60-meter title, eclipsing her previous best of 7.36 set during her last season.
Aaron Ernest won the men’s 60-meter dash with run of 6.72. Earning the sweep in the men’s and women’s 60-meter hurdles were senior Joshua Thompson and freshman Mikiah Brisco with times of 7.94 and 8.46.
Other Tigers scoring the event titles were Fitzroy Dunkley in the 200 meters with a time of 22.02 and Travis Pope in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:56.74, Blair Henderson in the mile with a run of 4:19.47 and freshman Jack Wilkes with a of 1:53.90 in the 800 meters in their season debuts.
Joining Bliss, Brisco and Martin in winning event titles for the Lady Tigers were Shanice Hall in the high jump (5-8), Rushell Harvey in the 200 meters (25.09) and Keterra Harris in the 400 meters (57.66) and Jenna Walker in the 3,000 meters (10:45.63).
The Tigers and Lady Tigers wrapped up the competition with a sweep of relay titles.
The Tigers won in 3:13.71 in the 4x400 relay and 10:36.60 in the distance medley relay, while the Lady Tigers completed the sweep with winning times of 3:52.51 and 11:52.63, respectively.
Morgan Schuetz and Andria Aguilar smashed indoor PRs in a pair of runner-up finishes. In the women’s mile, Schuetz had a time of 4:46.45 to finish runner-up to former Lady Tiger All-American Charlene Lipsey (4:46.29) in the race.
Aguilar followed with a runner-up finish with a new indoor personal record in the 800 meters in 2:08.91.
Swimming and diving
LSU TO HOST TENNESSEE ON SENIOR DAY: The LSU swimming and diving team hosts Tennessee on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the LSU Natatorium and will celebrate the careers of 11 seniors in a ceremony before the meet.
The LSU women’s team (4-2, 1-2 SEC) hosts Tennessee (4-2-1, 1-0-1 SEC) in a clash of teams ranked in the CSCAA poll.
TIGERS STRUGGLE ON DAY 3 AT FGCU: The LSU men’s tennis team was unable to come up with a victory on third day of the Florida Gulf Coast University Invitational on Friday.
LSU will continue action Saturday with doubles action at 1 p.m.
FGCU Spring Invitational
Will Stein/Nick Chappell (TCU) def. Jordan Daigle/Boris Arias (LSU) 6-2
Trevor Johnson/Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Eric Perez/Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-3
Arnau Dachs/Trey Daniel (TCU) def. Chris Simpson/Justin Butsch (LSU) 7-5
Facundo Lugones/Guillermo Nunez (TCU) def. Andrew Korinek/Simon Freund (LSU) 7-5
Hudson Blake/Blake Wiggins (TCU) def. Harrison Kennedy/John Michael Busch (LSU) 7-6
Nick Chappell (TCU) def. Chris Simpson (LSU) 7-6, 6-1
Cameron Norrie (TCU) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-2, 6-3
Facundo Lugones (TCU) def. Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-4, 6-3
Arnau Dachs (TCU) def. Boris Arias (LSU) 6-4, 6-4
Guillermo Nunez (TCU) def. Simon Freund (LSU) 7-6, 6-1
Trevor Johnson (TCU) def. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) 7-6, 6-4
Trey Daniel (TCU) def. John Michael Busch (LSU) 7-5, 6-4
Will Stein (TCU) def. Eric Perez (LSU) 6-3, 6-2