LSU’s Edwards headlines strong performances at Alumni Gold meet

LSU's Eric Edwards ran a personal best of 13.34 second to win the 100-meter hurdles Saturday. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics.

LSU hurdler Edwards Jr. ran a career-best in his specialty the 100-meter hurdles to highlight action Saturday at LSU’s Alumni Gold meet at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

Edwards’ time registered as the third-fastest in school history and he now has the three fastest times in the country this outdoor season. His 13.34 also rates as the third fastest in the world this calendar year.

Edwards was one of nine winners Saturday, while the school’s alumni produced six event winners.

Nyagoa Bayak continued her rise on the all-time LSU list in the high jump, clearing a personal best of 6-0 3/4 on her third and final attempt to win the event. She moved up to the No. 3 spot on the LSU list and ranks ninth nationally.

Da’Marcus Fleming and Dorian Camel both PR’d in the 100 meters.

Fleming won with a career-best time of 10.08 seconds, while Camel clocked a career best of 10.13 to finish second. Fleming’s time is the fifth fastest in the LSU history and Camel now checks in at the No. 9 spot.

It was another dominant showing in the hurdles by LSU’s Alia Armstrong who won her event with a wind-aided time of 12.55 (+3.6 m/s).

Both of LSU’s 4×100 relay squads captured gold. The women’s team of Alia Armstrong, Favour Ofili, Symone Mason, and Thelma Davies clocked a 43.51 for victory, and the men’s crew of Eric Edwards Jr., Dorian Camel, Da’Marcus Fleming, and Godson Oghenebrume ran a season-best time of 39.16.

Davies ran a slightly wind-aided time of 22.86 seconds (+2.2 m/s) in the 200 to win her first individual title of the season.

Alicia Stamey won her first race of the outdoor season with a personal best of 4:24.65 in the 1,500 meters. Teammate Sara Funderburk followed up in second with a readout of 4:28.04. Cade Martin earned silver for the men in the same event with a time of 3:57.37.

Apalos Edwards won the first title of his collegiate outdoor career with a wind-aided mark of 52-2 1/4 in the triple jump on his final attempt.

In the women’s 100 meters, the top three spots went to runners with LSU ties.

Aleia Hobbs took first in 10.84 seconds, Ofili was second (10.90), and Mikiah Brisco was third (10.90).

Other LSU alums such as Rayvon Grey, Quincy Downing, Vernon Norwood, Tyler Terry and Cassandra Tate had successful outings.

Grey, the 2021 NCAA indoor champion, leaped out to a career best mark of 26-9 3/4 in the men’s long jump to move up to the No. 6 spot on the world list this season. Norwood was second in the 400 (44.61) in his season opener to rank fourth on the world list this season.

Downing and Tate both won the 400 hurdle races. Downing ran a time of 49.93 and Tate clocked a 55.75. Current LSU athlete Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell ran a season best of 51.53 in the 400 hurdles to place second behind Downing.

The women’s 800 meters duo of Lorena Rangel and Hannah Carroll worked their way to a two-three finish in the race. Rangel ran a 2:05.53 for the silver and Carroll clocked a career best readout of 2:07.31 for the bronze.

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