LSU track and field team dominates in season-opening Hurricane Innvitational

LSU men claim two field event wins on first day of Hurricane Invitational

The LSU track and field team capped a strong showing in its outdoor opener with nine wins Saturday afternoon at the University of Miami-hosted Hurricane Invitational.

Coupled with two field event wins on the meet’s first day Friday, LSU athletes claimed 11 events outright over the two-day competition and were top individual collegian or relay in two others.

Coach Dennis Shaver’s men won the 4×100- and 4×100-meter relays, while the women took the 4×400 and were second in the 4×100. The Tigers’ sprint relay, however, posted the fastest time among the collegiate teams.

Picking up individual wins for the women Saturday were Alia Armstrong in the 100-meter hurdles, Lorena Rangel Batres in the 800, Cindy Bourdier in the 1,500 and Ella Chesnut in the 2,000-meter steeplechase.

Kennedi Sanders was second in the women’s 200, but she was the finisher among collegians in the race.

On the men’s side, the individual winners were Tzuriel Pedigo in the javelin and Will Dart in the 2,000 steeplechase.

LSU’s strong day on the track started with the women’s 4×100 team of Armstrong, Favour Ofili, Brianna Lyston and Thelma Davies posting a time of 44.02 seconds as the top collegian team across the finish line.

That was followed by the men’s team of Brandon Hicklin, Dorian Camel, Da’Marcus Fleming and Godson Oghenebrume that won in 39.02 seconds.

The afternoon ended with a sweep of the 4×400 titles.

The women’s team of Ella Onojuvwevwo, Hannah Douglas, Lyston and Leah Phillips got the stick around in 3 minutes, 33.13 seconds.

Then, Dorian Camel, Sean Burrell, Shakeem McKay and Ashton Hicks won with a time of 3:06.00.

Earlier, Armstrong bounced back from an injury that kept her sidelined for much of the indoor season when she won the 100 hurdles in 13.06 seconds.

Batres won the 800 in 2:09.05 after Bourdier claimed the 1,500 title in 4:21.95 and Chesnut claimed the steeple in 6:51.80.

Sanders clocked a 23.27 in the 200 as the top collegian.


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