Michaela Rose's torrid start to the 2023 indoor track and field season continued Saturday afternoon when LSU's middle-distance ace won the 800 meters at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
For the second time in nine days, Rose, a sophomore, set a school record when she claimed the half-mile race at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track in 2 minutes, 01.66 seconds.
The time made Rose the collegiate leader and also erased the old school mark of 2:02.00 set by Natoya Goule — a two-time NCAA 800-meter champion — in 2013.
Rose, who set the school mark at 600 yards with a 1:17.58 in the Red Raider Open, easily shattered her old 800-meter personal record of 2:04.70, which she set last season.
LSU's men and women also combined for three runner-up finishes, a group that was led by Johnathan Witte's PR of 71 feet, 11 inches in the weight throw. That moved Witte into a tie for the No. 5 spot on LSU's all-time list in the event.
Leah Phillips took second in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.02 seconds, and Sean Burrell was second in the open 400 with a time of 46.37.
Also, former LSU teammates Aleia Hobbs and Mikiah Brisco, a pair of former NCAA champions at 100 meters, ran 1-2 in the open women's 60 meters.
Hobbs' time of 6.98 seconds was not only a meet and facility record, it was the fastest time run in the world so far this year. Brisco was timed in 7.18 seconds.
Hobbs' PR ties her for ninth on the all-time world list and makes the New Orleans native the third-fastest American ever behind only Gail Devers and Marion Jones, who are tied for second on the all-time list at 6.95 seconds.