Seven More Tigers Punch Tickets to NCAA Championships

by Aaron Hyder
Seven More Tigers Punch Tickets to NCAA Championships

Jacksonville, Fla. – Seven athletes wearing the Purple and Gold clinched their spots at the 2019 NCAA Track and Field Championships on day two of the NCAA East Preliminaries at Hodges Stadium Friday night. Sha’Carri Richardson ran a stunning 10.99 in her 100 meter race to advance to the NCAA Championships; it was a time that has only been run by one other freshman in NCAA history.

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Richardson’s 10.99 set the Hodges Stadium facility record, was the 13th fastest in NCAA history, the sixth best in LSU history, a U20 world lead for the 2019 season, and the fourth-fastest U20 time in world history. The 10.99 broke Alabama’s Remona Burchell’s facility record of 11.03 that she set at the 2014 NCAA East Preliminaries. In NCAA history, only one other freshman has gone as fast as Richardson and that was TeeTee Terry of USC who ran a 10.99 a year ago in the regular season. The 10.99 is a NCAA postseason record by a freshman.

Richardson becomes the sixth woman in LSU history to crack the sub 11 second barrier with a legal wind. She joined the collegiate record holder Dawn Sowell (10.78/1989), Aleia Hobbs (10.85/2017), D’Andre Hill (10.92/1996), Mikiah Brisco (10.96/2017), and 2012 Bowerman award winner Kimberlyn Duncan (10.96/2012). LSU has produced six of the 13 fastest sprinters in NCAA history on the women’s side. In the midst of the 10.99, Richardson beat the current world leader, Kayla White, of North Carolina A&T in her heat as well.

Tyler Terry was the first Tiger on day two to secure a bid to the national meet that will take place June 5-8 in Austin, Texas. Terry’s 400 meter quarterfinal time of 46.18 was just quick enough to move on to the national semifinals that will be contested in two weeks in Texas. The readout of 46.18 earned him the 12th and final qualifying spot in his event. Jaron Flournoy was the only other LSU men’s sprinter to advance to national on the second day of prelims. Flournoy took third in the second heat to clinch the final auto qualifying bid of the heat with a 10.24 in the 100 meters.

On the women’s side in addition to Richardson, Ersula Farrow, Brittley Humphrey, Milan Young and Jurnee Woodward all punched tickets to the NCAA championship meet in Texas. Farrow ran a season best of 2:04.15 in the 800 meter run to easily advance to the national semifinal. The women’s 400 meter hurdling trio of Humphrey, Young, and Woodward all advanced to the NCAA Championships in the event for the first time in their careers. Young won her quarterfinal with a personal best on the second consecutive day with a 56.42 to rank ninth in program history and Humphrey’s PR of 56.72 ranked 10th in program history. Woodward moved on to the NCAA Championships with a 57.41.

Earlier in the day, Humphrey (13.19) and Young (13.30) advanced to the quarterfinal round of 100 meter hurdles that will take place on Saturday along with Tonea Marshall (13.10). In the men’s 110 meter hurdles, Damion Thomas (13.65) and Arthur Price (13.84) also moved onto the quarters.

To close out the day, the Tigers moved five athletes onto the quarterfinals of the 200 meters. On the women’s side, Richardson ran a 22.67 and Ariyonna Augustine clocked a 23.52 to move on, and the men’s trio of Jaron Flournoy (20.18), Akanni Hislop (20.62/season best), and Correion Mosby (20.88) will run again on Saturday.

The final day of NCAA East Prelims will begin on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET with Kyndal McKnight in the triple jump. A full competition guide for Saturday’s competition is listed below.

Saturday Competition Guide | All Times ET

Triple Jump (Women)* – 3 p.m.

Kyndal McKnight, Mercy Abire

High Jump (Men)* – 4 p.m.

JuVaughn Harrison

4×100 Meter Relays – Women & Men – 6 p.m.

100m Hurdles (Women)^ – 7:05 p.m.

Brittley Humphrey, Milan Young, Tonea Marshall

110m Hurdles (Men)^ – 7:20 p.m.

Damion Thomas, Arthur Price

200 Meters (Women)^ – 7:35 p.m.

Ariyonna Augustine, Sha’Carri Richardson

200 Meters (Men)^ – 7:50 p.m.

Jaron Flournoy, Akanni Hislop, Correion Mosby

Triple Jump (Men)* – 6:30 p.m.

Da’Quan Bellard, Christian Miller

4×400 Meter Relays – 9:25 p.m.

^Quarterfinal round events that feature 24 athletes – top three from each heat, plus next three fastest times advance to NCAA Championships

*Top 12 athletes advance to Texas

Full List of NCAA Championship Qualifiers Thus Far

Kenan Jones – Long Jump

Mondo Duplantis – Pole Vault

Rayvon Grey – Long Jump

JuVaughn Harrison – Long Jump

Tyler Terry – 400 Meters

Sha’Carri Richardson – 100 Meters

Jaron Flournoy – 100 Meters

Ersula Farrow – 800 Meters

Brittley Humphrey – 400m Hurdles

Milan Young – 400m Hurdles

Jurnee Woodward – 400m Hurdles