LSU’s Michaela Rose produces nation’s top time in semis of 600-yard race; runs leg on victorious 4×400 relay

LSU's Michaela Rose hands off to Brianna Lyston in Saturday's 4x400 relay at the Corky Classic in Lubbock, Texas. The Tigers won the event. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics

LSU’s Michaela Rose produced a college record and nation’s No. 2 time in winning the 600-yard race to highlight her team’s efforts Saturday in the Corky Classic at Texas Tech.

Rose set the collegiate record with a time of 1:16.76 in the first heat of the day, eclipsing the 42-year-old record of Tennessee’s Delisa Walton. Rose, the holder of two of the top three 600-yard times in collegiate history, set the event’s mark in last year’s meet at the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center. Teammate Garriel White ran second in the event with a time of 1:19.13.

New Orleans native Alia Armstrong, who ran in four events on the final of competition, turned in a nation’s best time of 7.90 seconds to win the 60-meter hurdle final, finishing ahead of Leah Phillips who was third (8.07).

Zachary native Sean Burrell turned in national top 10 time in in the 600-yard race with a runners-up performance (1:08.23) to rank seventh in collegiate history.

After a successful debut at LSU’s Purple Tiger meet, Myles Thomas followed that up with a first place in the 60 meters in a time of 6.62 despite a No. 8 lane assignment. Hurdler Matthew Sophia was third in the 60-meter hurdles (7.68)

Long jumper Morgan Smalls put together another successful showing with a distance of 20 feet, 7 ¼ inches on her final attempt to win the event.

On Friday’s first day of competition, Luke Witte moved to No. 5 in school history with a PR of 72 feet, ¾ inches in winning the weight throw.

The Tigers’ team of Ella Onojuvwevwo, Rose, Brianna Lyston, and Garriel White won the 4×400 relay in a time of 3:32.96 for the third best showing in the country.

LSU returns to action Jan. 26-27 at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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