AUSTIN, Texas — A 45-minute weather delay to start Friday’s morning session couldn’t slow down the LSU women in 4x100-meter relay qualifying as they raced to the fastest time of the day at 44.16 seconds in the second heat to advance to Saturday’s final at the 89th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
LSU followed the heat-winning time of 44.37 by Texas A&M in the first section at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Texas natives Rushell Harvey and Kortnei Johnson set the pace for the Lady Tigers on the first two legs before Jada Martin and Mikiah Brisco brought the baton home ahead of North Texas (45.80).
The Tigers also earned their lane in the men’s sprint relay final to run Saturday with the third-fastest time of the day at 40.34 in the qualifying round for the 4x100-meter relay.
Jordan Moore, Jaron Flournoy, Tinashe Mutanga and ethaneel Mitchell-Blake combined to win the fifth qualifying heat ahead of Utah State (41.03).
All-American Nataliyah Friar cracked the Top 5 in the national rankings with her season-opening performance in the triple jump with a series-best 42 feet, 6 inches in the fifth round to place third. She emerged as the No. 5-ranked triple jumper nationally.
A second weather delay during the morning session ended Danielle Phillips’ title challenge in the B section of the women’s long jump as she sat in second place with her fifth-round jump of 19-4 (+1.9) as the event was suspended with one round to go. She passed her final jump following a two-hour delay as Texas Tech’s Amani Nesmith topped the standings with a wind-aided 19-11 ½.
The championship division of the women’s javelin was also suspended in the second round by weather after All-American Rebekah Wales and Annie Simoneaux opened with their best throws of the day. Wales won the bronze medal with her first-round throw of 170-6, while Simoneaux was just two inches shy of her personal best with a throw of 165-4 for sixth place.
Chanice Chase, Ka’Lynn Jupiter and Kymber Payne each advanced to the final of the women’s 400-meter hurdles in Thursday’s qualifying round but were scratched from the final Friday when events in the evening session were pushed back late into the night. The Tigers and Lady Tigers also scratched their sprint medley relay teams from the evening session with events running late.
Saturday’s finale is scheduled to get underway at 11 a.m. with field events.
LSU WRAPS UP REGULAR SEASON AT AGGIE INVITATIONAL: Following a 25-shot victory in a Tuesday tune up at the Tiger Classic at the University Club, the 17th-ranked LSU men’s golf team is set to wrap up the regular season this weekend at Texas A&M’s Aggie Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at Traditions Golf Club.
The Traditions Golf Club will play to a par 72 and 7,146 yards for the two-day, 54-hole invitational championship.
Teams will play 36 holes over two rounds in Saturday’s opener before the final round on Sunday. Groups will begin play from holes No. 1 and No. 10 both days with tee times set to begin at 7:30 a.m.
LSU will be joined by No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Oklahoma, No. 24 Arkansas, No. 29 Texas A&M, No. 31 Baylor and No. 36 Texas Tech as ranked teams in the 15-team field.
The Tigers will be in the first wave of tee times off the front nine paired with Texas A&M and Oklahoma during Saturday’s play at 7:30 a.m.
The opening day for the tournament will feature continuous play as teams will play the second round upon the conclusion of the first round.
LSU WRAPS UP WEEKEND AT SOUTH CAROLINA: In Columbia, South Carolina, the 15th-ranked LSU women’s tennis team takes on eighth-ranked South Carolina — its second top-10-ranked foe the weekend at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Carolina Tennis Center.
The Lady Tigers (16-7, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) are coming off a loss to sixth-ranked Florida. Junior Abby Owens secured the team’s lone point on court five over No. 82 Jose Kuhlman 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. It was the first loss for the bottom half of the Gators’ lineup in a conference match this season.
Joana Vale Costa and Jessica Golovin lead the way on courts one and two for LSU. Vale Costa is ranked 19th in singles and holds a 13-8 record and 3-6 mark in conference. Golovin is ranked 48th and is 9-11 this spring with a 3-5 record in league play.
The Gamecocks (14-4, 6-2) boast a strong singles lineup with four players ranked.
Caroline Dailey is ranked 67th for the highest player on the team.
Paige Cline and Hadley Berg are also ranked 34th in doubles.