LSU’s track and field program closed out Saturday’s competition at Arizona State’s Baldy Castillo Invitational win individual wins from Morgan Smalls in the long jump, Tzuriel Pedigo in the javelin and Sara Funderburk in the 1,500-meter run.
The Tigers got a 1-2 finish from Smalls and teammate Serena Bolden in the long jump with Smalls going 19-11 3/4 and Bolden 19-4 3/4 for their respective PRs on the season.
Pedigo, the 2021 NCAA champion, recorded a throw of 240-2 on his second attempt to win the event and take the early NCAA lead this outdoor season. Eli Gaughan finished second with a 227-4 throw on his fourth try.
Funderburk posted a career-best 4:25.05, more than 3 1/2 seconds off her career best, ahead of teammate Addison Stevenson (4:28.54) who was fifth.
The women’s 4×100 relay of Alia Armstrong, Tionna Beard-Brown, Hannah Douglas, and Favour Ofili took second (43.15) in their first outdoor relay of the season. The men’s team of Da’Marcus Fleming, Dorian Camel, Kenroy Higgins II, and Ashton Hicks (39.74) were third.
In the women’s 400 meter dash, Garriel White took second with a time of 53.34 in her first outdoor solo performance for LSU. Freshman Michaela Rose PR’d as well in the event with a readout of 54.14 to garner bronze, and Hannah Carroll took sixth with a career best of 56.56.
Da’Marcus Fleming ran the fastest 100 meters of his career (10.20) for third in the event.
Lorena Rangel (2:07.84) and Eric Coston (1:51.48) both placed third in the 800 meters, while freshman Dyllon Nimmers ran a personal best (1:51.55) for fourth.
The LSU men’s 4×400 meter relay capped off the meet by running a solid season opening time of 3:05.90 for third place. Dorian Camel went first and was followed by Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell and Aaron Smith before Ashton Hicks anchored the unit.