BATON ROUGE, La. (26 March, 2023) – LSU’s track and field program showcased their dominance at the 2023 Battle on the Bayou – their first outdoor meet at home this season, held at Bernie Moore Track Stadium on Saturday (25). The LSU Tigers won an impressive 14 titles in the one-day competition, including a clean sweep of the relays and the women’s 100m hurdles.
Women’s 4×100-Meter Relay Sets Nation-Leading Time
In a thrilling event, LSU’s women’s 4×100-meter relay team consisting of Alia Armstrong, Favour Ofili, Tionna Beard-Brown, and Brianna Lyston, achieved a new nation-leading time of 43.27 seconds, earning LSU the top two spots in the nation for the women’s 4×100.
The Tigers got the better of a Tiger Olympians teams that included Americans stars Aleia Hobbs, Mikiah Brisco, Candace Hill, and Symone Mason who finished second in 44.61 secs. Northwestern State was third in 44.91.
The men’s 4×100-meter relay team, comprised of Brandon Hicklin, Dorian Camel, Da’Marcus Fleming, and Godson Oghenebrume, also impressed with a new nation-leading time of 38.91 seconds.
Northwestern State ran 39.51 for second place with Louisiana posting 39.76 to complete the podium places in third.
LSU’s 4x400m Relay Teams Also Shine
LSU continued its success in the 4×400-meter relay to close out the competition in the afternoon. The women’s squad of Hannah Douglas, Ella Onojuvwevwo, Garriel White, and Shani’a Bellamy won their race with a time of 3:35.27 to dominate the competition.
Northwestern State followed in second place with a finishing time of 3:37.65, Louisiana ran 3:47.39 for third place with ULM, at 3:51.94 and Southern, at 3:52.42 rounding out the top five finishers.
The men’s team of Camel, Sean Burrell, Aaron Smith, and Ashton Hicks also won their race, clocking in at 3:06.30 to win by a wide margin.
Louisiana trailed home in second place with a time of 3:11.37. Southern clocked 3:12.83 for third, fourth went to South Alabama with a time of 3:14.68 and ULM in fifth, further back at 3:20.33.
Alia Armstrong and Leah Phillips – Individual Performances Stand Out
Several individual performances stood out, including Alia Armstrong, who claimed the top spot in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a new season-best time of 12.82 seconds. Leah Phillips followed closely behind with a time of 12.89 seconds, the second-fastest time in the nation.
Phillips also went on to win the women’s 400-meter hurdles, clocking in at 57.54 seconds, which ranks seventh in the nation. Shani’a Bellamy rounded out the top three in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 13.26 seconds, ranking eighth in the nation.
Thelma Davies had a remarkable day, winning both the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter events. Her time of 11.33 seconds in the 100 meters is a new season-best and ranks sixth in the nation, while her time of 23.19 seconds in the 200 meters is third in the nation.
Freshman Emery Prentice also impressed in the women’s pole vault, clearing a height of 12′ 6.75″ (3.83m) to win the event. Her mark ranks sixth in LSU history.
Meanwhile, Omri Shiff of SE Louisiana won the men’s 400m hurdles with a time of 50.81 seconds, Vernon Norwood of USA won the men’s 200m with 20.52, beating LSU’s Da’Marcus Fleming (20.74), while Eunice Ilunga Mbuyi of ULM set a meet record with 13.18m to win the women’s Triple Jump.
In the men’s discus throw, Claudio Romero, the reigning NCAA Champion, opened his outdoor season with a throw of 201′ 1″ (61.30m) on his second attempt of the day. His performance ranks third on LSU’s all-time performance list and fourth in the nation.
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