Points from Jake Norris (hammer throw) and a bunch of qualifying, that’s what sums up day one of the SEC Outdoor Championships for the LSU track and field program at John McDonnell Field on Thursday.
Norris kicked off the 2019 edition of the conference outdoor meet with five points in the hammer throw thanks to a fourth-place finish. The sophomore from Windsor, Berkshire, England, heaved the hammer a seasons best 70.44 meters (231’ 1”). Norris’ fourth-place finish marks the second straight year that he has finished fourth at the SEC championships in the event. The season best for the reigning NCAA bronze medalist is a good sign as he heads deeper into the postseason push for glory.
After Norris’ competition concluded early in the afternoon, the goal for the rest of the day was to qualify as many athletes for Saturday’s finals. The mid-distance duo of Katy-Ann McDonald and Ersula Farrow got the evening qualifying session started with equal times of 2:07.36 in the same heat to go 1-2 and earn autobids to Saturday’s finals; they’ll run again Saturday evening at 6:55 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.
The biggest qualifying bid of the day for LSU came in the 200 meters on the men’s side. The Tigers claimed four of the nine spots in the finals. Akanni Hislop clocked the fastest qualifying time for LSU with a 20.72, and he was followed by Jaron Flournoy (20.80), Tyler Terry (20.88), and Correion Mosby (20.89). The four advancers will have a prime opportunity to score a boatload of points for the Tigers on Saturday evening at 7:25 p.m.
The women’s 400 meter hurdle crew of Brittley Humphrey, Jurnee Woodward and Milan Young all advanced to Saturday’s final with respectable times. Humphrey was the top qualifier with a readout of 57.82, Woodward followed with a 58.02, and Young clocked a personal best of 58.25 for a spot in the finals. On the men’s side, Christian Boyd used a strong final 100 meters in the 400 hurdles to qualify for the finals with a time of 50.85.
The final qualifier of the evening for LSU was freshman Sha’Carri Richardson in the 200 meters. She ran a 22.87 to easily advance to the finals of the 200; she’ll be back in action on Friday in the prelims of the 100 meter dash at 8:35 p.m. Freshman Julia Palin closed out the first day of competition with a 10,000 meter run time of 34:38.41 to rank second in school history behind Laura Carleton (34:01.65); the time of 34:38.41 earned Palin a ninth-place showing, which was one spot away from scoring a point for LSU.
Day two of the SEC Championships will continue for LSU with RC Walbrook in the decathlon at 1:45 p.m. CT. JuVaughn Harrison will open the evening up with competition in the high jump at 5 p.m.; Harrison is the No. 2 seed in the men’s high jump entering the meet. Action on the track will begin at 6 p.m. CT with the 110 and 100 meter hurdles and will be streamed on SEC Network+. A full competition guide for Friday is listed at the beginning of this story.
With three of 21 events scored on the men’s side, LSU is in seventh place with Norris’ five points. The women have yet to score in the meet through two events.
(Press Release Provided by LSU Athletics)