Birmingham, Ala. – The LSU women’s track team finished fifth on Saturday night at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships that was hosted at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
The Tigers of coach Dennis Shaver scored 29.5 points to wind up with another top-five finish indoors, while the men were in a three-way tie for 24th with nine team points.
LSU picked up 8.5 points in the high jump from Nyagoa Bayak and Abigail O’Donoghue.
Bayak cleared a personal best height of 6-1 1/4 on her third and final attempt at the height to secure a fourth place showing, while O’Donoghue of Denham Springs tied for fifth with a height of 6-feet for her fifth career first team All-America honor.
Favour Ofili scored in three events for LSU with quality performances in the 60 meters, 200 meters, and 4×400 meter relay, totaling 10.5 points. Her first scoring effort of the day was a time of 7.25 seconds in the 60 meter dash to place seventh. Her time of 22.50 in the 200 meter dash to earn her first career individual NCAA medal as she took second and she anchored the 4×400 meter relay to a seventh place finish with a time of 3:31.81. She was joined on the 4×400 meter relay by leadoff leg Amber Anning, second leg, Michaela Rose, and third leg Garriel White.
Leah Phillips placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a final clocking of 8.01 seconds to earn her first career All-America honor. Alia Armstrong false started in the finals of the 60 meter hurdles.
LSU received scoring performances from John Meyer (shot put), Apalos Edwards (triple jump), and Eric Edwards Jr. (60m hurdles).
Meyer set the school record with a third-round heave of 66-4 1/4 to earn a fifth-place finish; he broke Joe Macieczyk’s previous school record of 66- 1/4 that was set in 1981.
Edwards earned the first All-America honor of his young career by taking fifth in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 53-2 1/4 on his second attempt of the night. Fellow triple jumper Sean Dixon-Bodie placed 10th in the event with a mark of 51-6 1/4.
LSU’s final point scorer of the meet on the men’s side was Edwards Jr. in the 60-meter hurdles (8th, 8.24 seconds).