LSU indoor track teams net three titles at SEC Championships

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Tex. – LSU track and field closed out the SEC Indoor Championships with three event titles by Alia Armstrong, Sean Dixon-Bodie, and Eric Edwards Jr. on Saturday at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium.

Teamwise, LSU’s women finished fourth with 64 points, and the LSU men placed eighth with 46 points with Arkansas winning both team titles.

Armstrong delivered a personal best time of 7.11 seconds to win the 60-meter dash, becoming LSU’s 10th athlete to win an SEC title in that event since Mikiah Brisco won in 2018. Armstrong’s time moves her up to No. 3 in LSU history and also leads the NCAA leader and it makes her the 10th fastest performer in collegiate history.

Eric Edwards Jr. claimed SEC title No. 1 of his career with a win in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.64. He’s the sixth LSU athlete to win an SEC title in that event and made it consecutive years for LSU winning the event after Damion Thomas won it a year ago.

Triple jumper Sean Dixon-Bodie turned in a stirring effort, going from sixth place with a career-best 54-7 1/4 effort to win the meet. It moves him into No. 3 on the NCAA list this season and ranks No. 5 in LSU history.

Favour Ofili set the LSU school record in the 200 meters with a personal best time of 22.46 to garner silver. Her time ranks No. 2 in the world and NCAA this season, and it bettered her own African record in the event.

LSU had four other podium finishes to close out the conference meet. Katy-Ann McDonald ran the best indoor 800 meters of her career at 2:02.85 to finish as the runner up. It marked the No. 3 time in LSU history and the No. 3 time in the NCAA this season.

Pole vaulter Lisa Gunnarsson was the other runner-up for LSU as she cleared a bar of 14-4.

In the women’s high jump, Abigail O’Donoghue cleared a season best bar of 6-2 to finish third and move up into a tie for second on the national list this season. It was O’Donoghue’s fifth career SEC medal when you combined indoor and outdoor performances, and she has scored a whopping 33 points at the SEC indoor meet in the high jump dating back to 2018 including the SEC title in 2019.

LSU’s final podium finisher of the day was John Meyer, who registered an indoor personal best in the shot put. He tossed the shot 65-4 on his second attempt of the day to secure his first SEC medal in third place. The mark moves him up to No. 9 in the NCAA this season and betters his previous spot on LSU’s all-time list in the second position.

Leah Phillips and Dorian Camel both scored in two events. Phillips ran PRs of 7.97 in the 60-meter hurdles and 23.14 in the 200 meters to for eight points, while Camel scored seven points with a fifth in the 200 meters (20.90/PR) and sixth in the 60 meters (6.71).

The LSU women’s 4×400 meter relay of Amber Anning, Michaela Rose, Garriel White, and Favour Ofili closed out the conference meet with a fifth and season best time of 3:32.46; that time should earn them a bid to the NCAA Championships.

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