Sixth-ranked LSU takes home sixth Armory Collegiate Invitational title
NEW YORK -- Victories by seniors Laura Carleton (3,000 meters), Kimberlyn Duncan (60 meters), Damar Forbes (long jump) and Charlene Lipsey (1,000 meters) on the first day of the Armory Collegiate Invitational helped to propel No. 6 LSU to the women's team championship with 73 points at this year's Armory Collegiate Invitational. It is the sixth time in the meet's 13-year history, and the first time since 2008, that the Lady Tigers have taken home the title.
The Lady Tigers outlasted Clemson (69), which came in second place, Kansas (57.5) in third place and South Carolina (48) in fourth place in the final women's team standings.
LSU has now won 10 team titles at the Armory Collegiate Invitational as the Tigers last captured the men's crown in 2011 for their fourth win in 13 seasons.
"I think both our teams made a great showing here. I'm very proud with how we competed more than anything," LSU head coach Dennis Shaver said. "We did some great things that I know will put our teams in a position to succeed at the NCAA meet. We took another big step as a team."
The Lady Tigers scored the majority of their points in the field events during Saturday's finale, including a combined 18 points between the triple jump and weight throw.
Junior Denise Hinton led the way as she continued the momentum from a record-setting first day for the Lady Tigers by matching her own school record for a second-place finish in the weight throw. A series-best mark of 69-9 ¾ locked up a runner-up finish for Hinton as she trailed behind event champion Alena Krechyk of Kansas (71-4 ¾) in the standings. Hinton moved into the No. 6 spot in the NCAA rankings with her performance, while tying her school record set at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier a year ago.
Hinton wasn't the only Lady Tiger to set a seasonal-best in the weight throw final, as fellow junior Karen Henning threw 60-7 ¾ for seventh place. Henning owns a personal best of 60-10 in the event.
The Lady Tigers added eight points with a strong showing in the championship triple jump as junior Keri Emanuel jumped a series-best 41-8 ½ for third place and junior Lynnika Pitts posted a new seasonal best of 40-10 ½ for seventh place in the competition. Emanuel already ranks No. 4 in the NCAA with a best of 42-8 ¾ this season.
LSU's women clinched their team championship with a third-place finish in the 4x400 relay with senior Siedda Herbert, senior Charlene Lipsey, junior Nikita Tracey and sophomore Montenae Roye-Speight running 3 minutes, 38.65 seconds for second place in the third heat. Arkansas won the relay in 3:35.20, while Clemson followed in second place at 3:38.06 to win the second heat.
"I thought our athletes performed very well across all of the event areas this weekend," Shaver said. "We talk so much with our athletes about the importance of taking advantage of each opportunity to compete. It's not always about how fast you run or how far you might jump or throw. It's about how hard you compete when given the chance."