LSU hurdler Alia Armstrong has been tabbed the National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after her performance last weekend at the Texas Relays.
Armstrong did something over the weekend that has never been done in collegiate history in the 100-meter hurdles. She ran the fastest all-time, all-conditions race in the history of collegiate track and field with a time of 12.33 seconds with a helping wind of 2.5 meters per second.
Armstrong, a native of New Orleans, was six-hundredths of a second under the collegiate record of Clemson’s Brianna Rollins, who clocked a wind-legal time (2.0 m/s or lower) of 12.39 seconds back in 2013. The helping wind of 2.5 meters per second made Armstrong’s mark ineligible for collegiate record status.
Armstrong’s career best wind-legal time in the 100-meter hurdles is a 12.65 that she set last summer in the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic Trials. In world history, Armstrong’s time of 12.33 with the helping wind has only been surpassed by 11 other women.
Armstrong also served on the lead leg for LSU’s 400 relay squad that took second at the Texas Relays with a season best time of 42.97. That time ranks as the No.2 mark in the NCAA.