Several Lady Tigers notch personal bests, reach finals of NCAA track championships _lowres

Photo by BRYAN WAYNE/LSU Sports Information -- Mikiah Brisco sprints after receiving the baton from Jada Martin during a semifinal heat in the 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA track and field championships Thursday in Eugene, Ore. LSU won the semifinal heat in 43.32 seconds, which turned out to be the fourth-fastest time of the day.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sophomore Mikiah Brisco gave the LSU women’s track and field team a sweep of the short sprints when she claimed a win in the 60 meters at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic on Saturday.

Brisco, a former Baton Rouge High School star, recorded a season’s-best time of 7.23 seconds to take the title and highlight the second day of the meet for the Lady Tigers and Tigers. Her time is the third-fastest in the NCAA this season.

Brisco’s victory came after junior Jada Martin won the 200 meters late Friday night. Martin’s winning time of 23.03 seconds helped her move up to third on the NCAA’s descending order list.

Brisco was among three Lady Tigers lining up in the women’s 60-meter final as she was followed across the line by freshman Kortnei Johnson (7.40) in fourth place and junior Rushell Harvey (7.53) in eighth.

On the men’s side, junior Jordan Moore regained the form that saw him emerge as an early-season NCAA-title contender in the 60 hurdles.

Moore remains atop the NCAA list in the event though he finished second with a time of 7.68 seconds. Olympic gold medalist and former Tennessee star Aries Merritt posted a winning time of 7.60.

Fellow junior Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake took third place in the 60 meters final with a time of 6.74 after posting a 6.72 in the semifinals.

The Lady Tigers capped the meet with a second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay.

While USC ran away from the field with the NCAA’s second-fastest time this season at 3 minutes, 31.48 seconds, LSU was second in 3:42.54 with a team of Kymber Payne, Kiersten Duncan, Christian Brennan and Ka’Lynn Jupiter.

The fifth-ranked Tigers and 20th-ranked Lady Tigers combined for 11 indoor personal bests in the two-day meet. They combined for two NCAA top-five times, two LSU all-time top-10 performances and four event wins.

Women’s tennis

North Carolina scores 4-1 win over LSU: In Madison, Wisconsin, senior Skylar Kuykendall defeated Kate Vialle 6-2, 6-4 on court three, but it wasn’t enough as No. 18 LSU fell to No. 5 North Carolina in the quarterfinal of the ITA indoor team championships on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin’s Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

The loss ended the Lady Tiger’s six-game win streak, which was tied for the fourth-best start in school history. North Carolina, the reigning indoor team champions improved to 8-0. LSU will return for its final match of the championships Sunday.

“I give UNC a lot of credit for coming out and playing some extremely high level tennis in those first sets,” co-head coach Julia Sell said.

The Tar Heels got out to quick start and took a 1-0 lead over LSU. Jessie Aney and Kate Vialle defeated Kuykendall and Abby Owens, 6-0. Ashley Dai and Chloe Ouellet-Prizer clinched the doubles point for UNC with a 6-3 victory over Skylar Holloway and Ella Taylor.

In singles play, the top matches for North Carolina stretched the lead to 3-0. Whitney Kay defeated Jessica Golovin 6-3, 6-1. No. 6 Hayley Carter defeated Jessica Golovin 6-1, 6-1.

Down 3-0, Kuykendall scored LSU’s lone point of the day with her two-set win over Vialle. Foster.

Ouellet-Pizer defeated Taylor 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the semifinal berth for the Tar Heels.