The LSU track and field teams continued to sharpen up for the upcoming championship meets in their regular-season finale Saturday afternoon.
As they have for much of the outdoor part of their schedule, the top-ranked Lady Tigers and 12th-ranked Tigers were especially impressive in the relays and sprint events in the LSU Invitational in Bernie Moore Stadium.
Going against six other teams — including Southeastern Conference foes Texas A&M, Alabama, Ole Miss and Auburn — in a non-scoring meet, the LSU women won the 4x100-meter relay before the men took the title in the 4x400 relay to close out the day.
LSU’s 4x100 relay team of Mikiah Brisco, Kortnei Johnson, Rachel Misher and Aleia Hobbs already had the nation’s top time, but they shaved another one-hundredth of a second off that Saturday in winning with a 42.49.
That time ranks second in school history although the same foursome were already tied for second with the 42.50 they ran in the Battle on the Bayou on April 7.
It was the first of eight event wins for LSU with the women claiming five and the men three.
Hobbs later won the open 100 in 11.06 seconds, while Johnson and Brisco raced to a 1-2 finish in the 200. Johnson won in 22.83 seconds and Brisco was a close second with a 22.86.
On the men’s side, Jaron Flournoy won the 200 with a wind-aided time of 20.23 seconds.
LSU also won two hurdles races as Tonea Marshall won the women’s 100 hurdles with a personal-record time of 13.06 seconds, while Christian Boyd won the men’s 400 hurdles with a 51.12.
Kymber Payne, who leads the nation with a time of 55.92 in the women’s 400 hurdles, was the top collegian when she ran second with a time of 56.00.
After winning the 200, Flournoy ran the second leg on the 4x400 relay team run a big-time season’s-best, joining Jahnoy Thompson, Renard Howell and Correion Mosby to clock in at 3 minutes, 04.63 seconds — about 2½ seconds better than their old season’s-best of 3:07.16.
That moved LSU into 10th place on the national descending order list after they ranked 33rd going into the meet.
Also, Lady Tigers' high jumper Kaitlyn Walker set a PR of 5 feet, 11¼ inches — 2½ inches better than her previous all-time best — in winning the event.