June 11, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – The Lady Tigers wiped their own 20-year-old Hayward Field record of 42.76 seconds from the record books when they opened Saturday’s women’s finale at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a title-winning run of 42.65 that fueled a 10th-place team finish on the final day of the collegiate season.
LSU’s sprint relay team smashed the Hayward Field stadium record in the 4×100-meter relay for the second time in as many days after the Tigers took home the men’s event title in 38.42 on Friday night.
Sophomore Mikiah Brisco, freshman Kortnei Johnson, junior Jada Martin and junior Rushell Harvey had already been crowned the SEC Champions in the event with their previous seasonal-best time of 42.77 to rank as the No. 2 team competing at the NCAA Championships this week. They became the fastest collegiate relay team in 2016 while winning the national championship with the 11th-fastest time in collegiate history.
Senior Chanice Chase also made her mark in her final appearance in an LSU uniform on Saturday as she ended her career with three All-America honors on the day while earning career-best finishes of sixth place in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth place in the 400-meter hurdles before anchoring the Lady Tigers to fourth-place in the women’s 4×400-meter relay.
Martin joined Chase on LSU’s fourth-place 4×400-meter relay as they teamed with two first-time All-Americans in freshman Rachel Misher and junior Travia Jones in running a seasonal best of 3 minutes, 29.82 seconds. Brisco also returned for an All-American fifth-place finish in the 100-meter final after leading off the Lady Tigers to the NCAA title in the 4×100-meter relay in the opening event of the day.
Junior middle distance runner Morgan Schuetz put two points on the board for LSU herself with a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter run while lining up in her first career NCAA final in the two-lap event.
With junior Rebekah Wales also earning All-American honors with a sixth-place finish in the javelin final on Thursday night, the Lady Tigers cracked the Top 10 of the final women’s standings with 31 points scored in two days of competition at Oregon’s Hayward field, an improvement of five places and five points from their total of 26 points for 11th place in the team race a year ago.
The Arkansas Razorbacks won their first ever NCAA Outdoor team championship on the women’s side as they tallied 72 points to finish 10 points clear of defending champion Oregon in second place with 62 points. The Georgia Bulldogs placed third with 41 points, followed by Texas in fourth place with 36 points and Texas A&M rounding out the Top 5 in fifth place with 35 points scored in the championship.
Check back later tonight for the full meet report, courtesy of LSUsports.net.