Marshall, Flournoy Run NCAA Leads at LSU Alumni Gold
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Marshall clocked a career-best time of 12.81 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles to claim the top spot and knock of 2015 world champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica who checked in with a time of 12.94. The time of 12.81 is an NCAA lead by six hundredths of a second and it is the fifth fastest time in LSU history. Marshall’s previous career best was a 12.88 that she ran at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Flournoy, just a week after running 10.1 seconds in the 100 meters, made his 2019 outdoor debut in the 200 meters with another big splash. The senior from Detroit, Mich., clocked a half-lap wind-aided time of 20.13 (+3.9) for the NCAA lead. The wind-aided 20.13 is an all-conditions career best for Flournoy and the time surpassed Nick Gray of Ohio State for the national lead.
“I only worry about what I can control,” Flournoy said. “It was a bit windy, but that’s out of my hands. I’m thankful for a healthy race, and this is only the beginning.”
Hollie Parker (1,500m run), Mondo Duplantis (pole vault), JuVaughn Harrison (high jump), and Ersula Farrow (800m run) all won their races during the afternoon session of the Alumni Gold. Harrison cleared an outdoor personal best height of 7′ 4.25” (2.24 meters) for the third-best clearance in LSU history; the mark also ranks third nationally. Harrison owns the NCAA lead in the long jump as well. Duplantis opened up the outdoor season with a clearance of 18′ 2.50” (5.55m) for his gold medal; the mark ranks fourth in the NCAA and third on the LSU list right behind his father, Greg (18′ 5.25”). Parker won the 1,500 meter race with a U.S. personal best of 4:23.32 to better her own 10th-best mark of all-time at LSU, and Farrow ran a time of 2:05.75 to claim the 800 meter title. Farrow was followed by Katy-Ann McDonald who clocked a season best of 2:06.47 for silver. The men’s 4×400 meter relay of Dorian Camel, Raymond Kibet, Correion Mosby and Tyler Terry closed out the meet with a winning time of 3:04.89. Terry anchored the relay after running the 10th fastest time in the NCAA in the open 400 meters earlier in the day with a time of 45.88.
There were four other events on the afternoon where LSU athletes placed on the podium and claimed the top collegiate spot in the event: Damion Thomas (110m hurdles), Sha’Carri Richardson (100m dash), Milan Young (400m hurdles), Christian Boyd (400m hurdles), and Da’Quan Bellard (triple jump) were the top collegians in their event. Richardson ran a season-best NCAA legal time of 11.12 (+2.8) to take third place overall with the third-fastest time in the NCAA. Richardson was beat out by former LSU great, Aleia Hobbs, who opened up her 2019 season with a all-conditions world best with a time of 10.83 (+2.8). Thomas hurdled to a two-three finish alongside teammate Arthur Price. The hurdling duo clocked season bests with Thomas running 13.58 (+2.6) and Price clocking a 13.61 (+2.6) to rate sixth and seventh respectively in the NCAA. In the 400 meter hurdles, Young clocked a career best of 58.41 to place third overall, and Boyd ran a season best of 50.55 to take third place with the seventh-fastest time in the NCAA. In the LeJuan Simon Triple Jump, LSU’s duo of Bellard and Christian Miller went two-three in the overall standings. Bellard earned silver with a bound of 51′ 6.25” and Miller followed with bronze (51′ 4.50”).
In the morning session, Abby O’Donoghue (high jump), Julia Palin (5,000m run) and Alicia Stamey (3,000m steeplechase) all collected victories. Palin, who was running her first 5,000 meter race outdoors, won with a time of 17:02.47, which is the fifth-fastest readout in LSU history. Palin now owns four top-10 LSU marks between the indoor and outdoor record book. She owns No. 2 indoor 5,000 meter mark, No. 4 10,000 meter mark, and No. 3,000 meter indoor mark.
O’Donoghue matched her outdoor personal best with a clearance of 5′ 11.25” (1.81m) for her gold medal to rank ninth in the NCAA. Stamey was the one who started all the winning on the day, as she won the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:17.24 in what was the first event of the meet.
LSU will close out the home portion of the outdoor season with the LSU Twilight, next Saturday (April 27), at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.