FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Michael Cherry posted an NCAA-leading time of 45.61 seconds in the 400 meters prelims Friday to lead the way for the LSU track and field teams on the first day of the Southeastern Conference indoor championships.

Cherry was one of 16 LSU athletes who advanced through the preliminary heats and into Saturday’s finals at the Randal Tyson Track Center. The third-ranked Tigers and 12th-ranked Lady Tigers combined for 13 heat wins and 12 indoor personal bests.

Cherry had one of the personal bests and was more than three-tenths of a second faster than the rest of the field. Teammate Fitzroy Dunkley also advanced to his first career SEC 400 final with an indoor PR of 46.24.

The Tigers’ Jordan Moore had the top time of the day in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.74 seconds, while the Lady Tigers’ Mikiah Brisco (8.08) and Daeshon Gordon (8.12) had the top two times in the women’s hurdles.

Brisco made it a double when she raced into the 60 meters final with the top time of 7.29 seconds, while teammates Kortnei Johnson (7.35) and Rushell Harvey (7.32) also advanced. Jada Martin (23.15) and Harvey (23.43) also reached the 200 final.

Back on the men’s side, freshman Donte Jackson slashed his personal best to 6.63 seconds in winning his heat of the 60 and jumped to No. 4 on LSU’s all-time indoor list.

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake advanced to the men’s 60 final with a 6.71 and came back to post the fastest time in the 200 prelims at 20.51 seconds — joining teammate Tinashe Mutanga (20.98) in the final.

Tennis

Tigers score win over North Florida: The LSU men’s tennis team won a tight match over North Florida 4-2.

Andrew Korinek won 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and clinch the match for the Tigers.