KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — LSU’s women sprinters left their mark Sunday night on the Southeastern Conference track and field championships.
Make that marks.
After the Lady Tigers opened the final day of the three-day meet with a collegiate record in the 4x100-meter relay, Aleia Hobbs broke the SEC meet record in the 100 meters for the second time in less than 24 hours at Tom Black Track.
The Tigers weren’t bad, either, giving LSU a sweep of the sprint relay titles just minutes after the Lady Tigers’ electrifying run.
The women’s foursome of Mikiah Brisco, Kortnei Johnson, Rachel Misher and Hobbs got the stick around in 42.05 seconds to break the old collegiate mark of 42.12 seconds that LSU had shared with Oregon since last spring.
Brisco, Johnson and Hobbs, who were part of the group that posted that collegiate record-tying time a year ago, were joined Sunday night by Misher — who replaced the graduated Jada Martin.
It was just the start of a strong day for the Lady Tigers, who set the table well with 14 qualifiers for Sunday’s finals over the first two days of the competition.
The top-ranked LSU women eventually finished second to Florida in the team race, with the Gators edging the Lady Tigers 91-88½ for the title. Texas A&M was third with 79½ and Tennessee rounded out the top four with 78.
On the men’s side, Florida also won with 111 points to Texas A&M’s 100. Arkansas had 99 and Alabama 97⅔. LSU finished eighth with 48 points.
Following the relay win for the Lady Tigers, it was Hobbs’ turn to write her name into the league’s record books for the second evening in a row.
After running a time of 10.93 seconds in the preliminary heats on Saturday night, Hobbs, a New Orleans native who won the NCAA indoor 60 in March, used a strong burst over the final 30 meters to win in 10.92 seconds.
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Her time was the fourth-fastest in collegiate history. Hobbs’ season’s-best of 10.85 is tied for third in the world so far this spring.
Hobbs led a 1-5-6-8 finish for LSU as Brisco (11.07), Johnson (11.12) and Cassondra Hall (11.29) followed her to the line to give their team 18 points in the event.
While the 4x100 relay and 100 were LSU’s only wins on Sunday, the Lady Tigers picked up three runner-up finishes from Misher, Kymber Payne and Abby O’Donoghue.
Misher came back off the relay to take second in the 400 meters with a personal-record time of 51.60 seconds, finishing behind Florida’s Sharrika Barnett, who won in 50.69.
Payne was second in the 400 hurdles in 56.11 seconds as Kentucky freshman Sydney McLaughlin ran away with the win in setting a collegiate record of 52.75 seconds.
Earlier in the day, O’Donoghue, participating in her first SEC outdoor meet, took second in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 10¾ inches, while teammate Kaitlyn Walker tied for fourth at 5-8¾.
Jurnee Woodward was fourth in the 400 hurdles with a PR of 57.77 and Brisco was fourth in the 200 at 22.88.
The Lady Tigers closed out the meet by finishing third in the 4x400 relay with a season’s-best of 3 minutes, 28.02 seconds — bettering their old mark by more than two seconds.
On the men’s side, the 4x100 unit of Kary Vincent, Renard Howell, Correion Mosby and Jaron Flournoy won the title in 38.76 seconds, edging an Arkansas team that posted the same time.
But LSU claimed the title when the time was extended out to the thousandths of a second, with the Tigers clocking a 38.755 to the Razorbacks’ 38.760.
The Tigers also were second in the 4x400 relay with a season’s-best time of 3:01.98 — topping their previous best by more than 2½ seconds.
Also, freshman Damion Thomas was third in the 110 hurdles in 13.64 seconds, Da’Quan Bellard finished fourth in the triple jump at 52-11 and freshman JuVaughn Blake was fourth in the high jump with a PR of 7-3¼.