LSU women pick up nine points from Gunnarsson, Smalls in NCAA meet

LSU All-American Lisa Gunnarsson finished third in the pole vault and gave the Tigers six points in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics.

EUGENE, Oregon – The LSU women’s track and field team picked up nine points Thursday in the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Oregon’s Hayward Field.

All-American pole vaulter Lisa Gunnarsson was third (14 feet, 11 inches) in the pole vault, earning her seventh All-American bid, and Morgan Smalls sixth (20-8) in the long jump.

The Tigers, who are in 10th place, also advanced a total of five entries on the track to Saturday’s finals.

In the sprints, Favour Ofili qualified individually in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. She ran a time of 11.07 in the 100 before finishing her night individually with a time of 22.13 in the 200 meters. She will run three races for LSU Saturday.

“Having to compete during the Olympics has made me stronger this year,” Ofili during Wednesday during a pre-meet news conference.

Alia Armstrong ran a career best wind legal time of 12.55 to win her heat in the 100 hurdles and advanced to Saturday’s finals. The time improves her position on the LSU all-time list in the No. 2 spot from 12.61 to 12.55. Katy-Ann McDonald clocked a 2:02.51 in the 800 to finish second in her heat to lock up a position in Saturday’s finals.

The women’s 4×100 relay of Alia Armstrong, Favour Ofili, Tionna Beard-Brown, and Thelma Davies teamed up to clock a season best of 42.59 to their heat and advance. They’ll look to win the first women’s 4×100 title for LSU since 2018 on Saturday.

Other Results
4x400m Relay (Ofili, Douglas, Rose, White) – 11th – 3:32.13
Garriel White – 14th – 400m Hurdles – 57.78
Serena Bolden – 18th – Long Jump – 19’ 8” (5.99m)
Tionna Beard-Brown – 20th – 100 Meters – 11.29
Symone Mason – 23rd – 100 Meters – 11.51

Up Next

The LSU men will close out their 2022 season on Friday night. The Tigers will have six scoring chances on Friday night. TV coverage will air on ESPN2. Below is the list of LSU’s competitors in action on Friday.

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