AUSTIN, Texas – The LSU women’s distance medley relay of Lorena Rangel, Amber Anning, Michaela Rose, and Katy-Ann McDonald, and Tzuriel Pedigo (javelin), set LSU school records on Friday at the Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
The women’s distance medley relay ran a time of 11:02.45 for second place. Rangel ran the leadoff leg followed by Anning, Rose and McDonald. It shattered the previous LSU school record of 11:10.94 that was set all the way back in 1985 by Muffy McLeod, Wendy Truvillion, Camille Cato, and Christine Slythe. It was the oldest school record in LSU women’s record book until.
Pedigo launched the javelin a career best 253-9on his sixth and final throw of the night to better his own school record. It was a near replay of how he set the school record a year ago to win the NCAA title, going down to his final throw of the meet. His previous best throw was a mark of 252’ 7”.
Fellow javelin thrower Eli Gaughan PR’d for the second straight meet, and actually registered two career bests. He started with a career best of 229-4 before improving that mark with a 229-8 that moved him up to No. 10 in LSU history. Pedigo finished fourth in the competition and Gaughan placed eighth.
Sean Dixon-Bodie only took two jumps in the triple jump and earned his third-place finish with a 53-0 1/4. That distance puts him in the No. 3 spot on the NCAA leaderboard. In the women’s triple jump, section B, Kyndal McKnight placed third as well with a wind-aided jump of 42-6 1/4.
Ji’eem Bullock leapt out to a mark of 24-5 3/4 and garnered third place in the B section of the long jump.
LSU advanced in a total of five events (three relays, two ind.).
The only two individuals to advance out of qualifying were Eric Edwards Jr. and Alia Armstrong in the hurdles. They both won their heats and earned auto Qs to Saturday’s finals. Armstrong won her qualifier at 12.98, and Edwards Jr. was top guy in his heat with a 13.67.
LSU will have four relays in Saturday’s finals – the LSU women’s 4×400 meter relay was already qualified for the finals of the 4×400 meter relay university invitational. Both men’s relays – the 4×100 and 4×400 – notched season bests. The foursome of Da’Marcus Fleming, Kenroy Higgins II, Ashton Hicks, and Dorian Camel passed the baton around the track in 39.44 to advance in the 4×1, and the group of Camel, Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell, Aaron Smith, and Hicks qualified in the 4×4 with a time of 3:05.59.
The women’s 400 relay of Alia Armstrong, Leah Phillips, Tionna Beard-Brown, and Favour Ofili ran a 43.63 to win their heat and advance to Saturday’s finals.
LSU closes out the Texas Relays on Saturday. Amber Hart will be the first Tiger in action; a full schedule for tomorrow can be viewed below. The Longhorn Network will begin coverage at 1:30 p.m. CT Saturday.
Saturday Schedule (All Times CST)
Amber Hart – Discus – 10 a.m.
Women’s 4x800m Relay – 10:40 a.m.
Men’s 4x800m Relay – 10:50 a.m.
Abigail O’Donoghue – High Jump – 11 a.m.
Nyagoa Bayak – High Jump – 11 a.m.
Lisa Gunnarsson – Pole Vault – 12 p.m.
Women’s 4x100m Relay – 1:30 p.m.
Men’s 4x100m Relay – 1:35 p.m.
Alia Armstrong – 100m Hurdles – 2:20 p.m.
Eric Edwards Jr. – 110m Hurdles – 2:40 p.m.
Morgan Smalls – Long Jump – 3 p.m.
Men’s 4x400m Relay – 4:35 p.m.
Women’s 4x400m Relay – 4:45 p.m.