Meyer, Smalls, Bayak earn top-three finishes for LSU at SEC track championship

LSU's Morgan Smalls registered a personal best of 21-7 1/4 to finish second in the SEC long jump. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics.

OXFORD, Miss.  –  John Meyer’s throw of 66 feet, 2 1/4 inches in the fifth round earned a second place in the shot put and gave LSU eight points at Friday’s SEC track and field championship at the University of Mississippi. The throw bested the previous facility record, but Tennessee’s Jordan West (66-6 1/2) won the event.

Action continues Saturday where LSU will have a total of 35 scoring chances on Saturday, 20 for the women and 15 for the men. The LSU women are in 10th place with 20.5 points, and the LSU men are in fourth place with 20 points.

The SEC Network will have live coverage of the finals beginning at 5 p.m.

Morgan Smalls (long jump) and Nyagoa Bayak (high jump) both registered personal bests to earn their medals in their respective events.

Smalls had a personal best of 21-7 1/4 on her fifth attempt of the night to earn a second place, the first silver medal of her career. Her PR also ranks No. 6 in LSU history.

Bayak delivered the best clearance of her outdoor career with a height of 6-1 1/4 for third place, while teammate Abigail O’Donoghue (5-10) was fourth to give the Tigers 12.5 points in the event.

LSU also qualified a total of eight athletes for Saturday’s finals.

Alia Armstrong (100 hurdles), Eric Edwards Jr. (110 hurdles), Favour Ofili (100 meters), Godson Oghenebrume (100 meters), and Dorian Camel (100 meters) all won their heats.

Armstrong won her heat with a time of 12.87, and the Edwards Jr. did the same in 13.43 seconds. Ofili cruised to a winning time of 11.29, and teammate Tionna Beard-Brown used a strong late push to finish with a time of 11.62 to advance to the finals.

Oghenebrume won his preliminary heat in a time of 10.31. Not only did he win the race but he beat the current NCAA leader, Matthew Boling of Georgia. Dorian Camel won his heat with a time of 10.43 to earn the autobid.

In the 1,500 meters, Lorena Rangel notched a big personal best (4:16.67) to finish second in her heat and automatically advance to Saturday’s final with the school’s second fastest time. Katy-Ann McDonald (4:18.03) also earned the final qualifying spot in the event.

Saturday Finalists (All Times CST)
Amber Hart – Discus – 12:30 p.m.
Serena Bolden – Triple Jump – 2:30 p.m.
Kyndal McKnight – Triple Jump – 2:30 p.m.
Morgan Smalls – Triple Jump – 2:30 p.m.
Ronnie Rounds III – High Jump – 3 p.m.
Lisa Gunnarsson – Pole Vault – 5 p.m.
Women’s 4x100m Relay – 5:05 p.m.
Men’s 4x100m Relay – 5:15 p.m.
Lorena Rangel – 1,500 Meters – 5:25 p.m.
Katy-Ann McDonald – 1,500 Meters – 5:25 p.m.
Sean Dixon-Bodie – Triple Jump – 5:45 p.m.
Apalos Edwards – Triple Jump – 5:45 p.m.
Alia Armstrong – 100m Hurdles – 5:45 p.m.
Eric Edwards Jr. – 110m Hurdles – 5:55 p.m.
Favour Ofili – 100 Meters – 6:25 p.m.
Tionna Beard-Brown – 100 Meters – 6:25 p.m.
Godson Oghenebrume – 100 Meters – 6:35 pm.
Dorian Camel – 100 Meters – 6:35 p.m.
Katy-Ann McDonald – 800 Meters – 6:45 p.m.
Michaela Rose – 800 Meters – 6:45 p.m.
Garriel White – 400m Hurdles – 7:05 p.m.
Sean Burrell – 400m Hurdles – 7:15 p.m.
Favour Ofili – 200 Meters – 7:25 p.m.
Dorian Camel – 200 Meters – 7:35 p.m.
Sara Funderburk – 5,000 Meters – 7:45 p.m.
Doria Martingayle – 5,000 Meters – 7:45 p.m.
Alicia Stamey – 5,000 Meters – 7:45 p.m.
Callie Hardy – 5,000 Meters – 7:45 p.m.
Will Dart – 5,000 Meters – 8:05 p.m.
Garrett Hamilton – 5,000 Meters – 8:05 p.m.
Cade Martin – 5,000 Meters – 8:05 p.m.
Jackson Martingayle – 5,000 Meters – 8:05 p.m.
Adam Wise – 5,000 Meters – 8:05 p.m.
Women’s 4x400m Relay – 8:30 p.m.
Men’s 4x400m Relay – 8:40 p.m.

Up Next

The third and final day of the SEC Championships is on deck Saturday. The meet will be aired live on the SEC Network from 5-9 p.m. CT.

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