OXFORD, Miss. – LSU’s Favour Ofili set an SEC meet record in the 200 meters with a time of 22.21 in the preliminary round on Thursday night during the first day of the Southeastern Conference’s Outdoor Championships at the Ole Miss Track & Field Stadium.
Ofili’s time was easily the fastest in the qualifying round and broke the meet record of Texas A&M’s Olivia Ekpone (22.23 in 2014). It was also a facility record that was held by Veronica Campbell (22.41 in 2004).
Action had to be halted at approximately 6:50 p.m. due to a lightning delay that lasted almost two hours.
LSU received scoring performances by three throwers.
Jake Norris (hammer throw), Tzuriel Pedigo (javelin), and Eli Gaughan put points on the board. Pedigo placed third (241-7), while Gaughan was seventh (215-1). Norris scored for the fourth time of his career with a heave of 227-6 for fifth.
The only LSU athletes that competed on the track before the lightning delay were the women’s 800 runners. Katy-Ann McDonald earned a qualifying mark of 2:04.89 to win her heat and freshman Michaela Rose (2:04.58) also earned a spot in Saturday’s final.
LSU had three other qualifiers to Saturday with Dorian Camel of Scotlandville High (20.60 in the 200) winning his heat, while Garriel White (57.55) and Sean “Squirrel” Burrell of Zachary (50.07) ran season bests in the 400 to move on to the finals.
Day two of the SEC Championships will begin at 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday with Ji’eem Bullock in the men’s long jump.