BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After running the NCAA’s No. 2-ranked times in their events in Friday’s qualifying, juniors Jordan Moore and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake took one step further in Saturday’s finals as they both clocked personal bests to headline the inaugural Conference Clash Power Five Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex.
Moore won the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.69 seconds, while Mitchell-Blake posted a 20.57 to win the 200-meter title.
The Tigers’ 4x400-meter relay team ran a national-leading time of 3 minutes, 5.77 seconds as senior Cyril Grayson, junior LaMar Bruton, junior Michael Cherry and senior Fitzroy Dunkley finished more than a half second ahead of Texas.
In another sprint final, Lady Tigers sophomore Mikiah Brisco finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.28.
LSU’s Jada Martin placed third in the 200 meters.
TIGERS TOP MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ITA KICK-OFF: In Tampa, Fla., the Tigers downed No. 29 Mississippi State 4-1 in their first match of the dual season in the ITA Kick-Off weekend hosted by South Florida.
“I’m really proud of the guys for handling the conditions today. It was not typical Florida by any means,” LSU coach Jeff Brown said of rains that delayed the match’s start. “Ultimately it was a really good team win, the kind that as a coach you are really proud of.”
Nuno Borges (MSU) def. Simon Freund (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
Justin Butch (LSU) def. Rishab Agarwal (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Vaughn Hunter (MSU) 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
Andrew Korinek (LSU) def. Strahinja Rakic (MSU) 7(4)-6, 4-6, 6-3
Butsch/Trinh (LSU) def. Braun/Borges (MSU) 6-4
Freund/Korinek (LSU) def. Foshey/Agarwal (MSU) 6-3
LADY TIGERS BLANK DePAUL, 4-0: In Atlanta, Junior Skylar Holloway defeated Jarret Fisher 6-3, 6-1 to clinch No. 21 LSU’s 4-0 victory over No. 35 DePaul in the opening match of the Georgia Tech Regional on Saturday afternoon at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
With the win, LSU advances to the championship match against either host Georgia Tech or William and Mary at 1 p.m. Sunday The winner will advance to the NCAA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 5-8 in Madison, Wisconsin.
LSU 4, DePaul 0
Ken Byers Tennis Complex
1. Joana Vale Costa (LSU) vs. Yuliya Shupenia (DU) 6-3, unfinished
2. Jessica Golovin (LSU) vs. Marina Cozac (DU) 6-3, 4-6, unfinished
3. Skylar Kuykendall (LSU) def. Patricia Lancranjan (DU) 6-0, 6-3
4. Ryann Foster (LSU) def. Rebeca Mitrea (DU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Abigail Owens (LSU) vs. Zaina Sufi (DU) 6-2, 4-6, unfinished
6. Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Jarret Fisher 6-3, 6-1
1. Joana Vale Costa-Ryann Foster (LSU) vs. Rebeca Mitrea-Yuliya Shupenia (DU) 5-4, unfinished
2. Skylar Kuykendall-Abigail Owens (LSU) def. Patricia Lancranjan-Marina Cozac (DU) 6-4
3. Ella Taylor-Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Zaina Sufi-Jarret Fisher (DU) 6-3
Swimming and diving
TIGERS FALL TO TEXAS A&M IN HOME FINALE: Leah Troskot and Brandon Goldman won two events in LSU’s swimming and diving’s loss to Texas A&M on Saturday at the LSU Natatorium.
The No. 22 women’s team (9-1, 2-1 SEC) fell, 119-181, to the sixth-ranked Aggies. Troskot won the 50 freestyle in 23.20 and 100 free in 50.45.
The Lady Tigers took victories in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
The team of Haylee Knight, Colleen O’Neil, Kara Kopcso and Troskot opened the meet with a time of 1:40.99. Troskot, Knight, Megan Cox and Danielle Stirrat closed the meet out in 3:21. 47.
In her first collegiate meet, freshman Lizzie Cui earned her NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score. Cui finished second on one-meter with a score of 288.08 and third on three-meter with a score of 286.73. Senior Cassie Weil finished second on three-meter and third on one-meter.