LSU top team at Texas Relays
Lady Tigers only collegiate women’s team to win four relays
AUSTIN, Texas -- Never before at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays had a collegiate team walked away with four women's relay championships until LSU made history during Saturday's finale. The Lady Tigers were named Most Outstanding Team in the 85th running of one of the premier events of the outdoor season.
They left no doubt as to who was the top team with wins in the 4X100-meter relay, 4X200-meter relay and distance medley relay in addition to Friday’s sprint medley victory
While anchoring the Lady Tigers to wins in the 4X100 and 4X200 relays, Kimberly Duncan also earned the 100-meter crown en route to her selection as the Most Outstanding Performer of the meet.
A record-setting run by the Lady Tigers in the 4X200-meter relay set the stage for a dominating afternoon at Mike A. Myers Stadium as they broke their own meet record in the first relay final of the day.
The Lady Tigers lined up as the favorite in the event as they featured the same foursome that captured the Texas Relays title a year ago as Cassandra Tate, Semoy Hackett, Rebecca Alexander and Duncan took their mark in lane four with an eye on their first win of the afternoon.
They took control of the race following the second exchange as Alexander made up the stagger on the rest of the field as she put five meters of separation ahead of teams from No. 5 Arkansas, No. 8 Texas and No. 7 Texas A&M. Duncan then took the stick on the anchor leg and cruised to the finish line in first place to give LSU a win against Texas (1:30.98) and Texas A&M (1:31.28) with a time of 1:30.01.
Its winning run of 1:30.01 is the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history in the 4x200-meter relay while eclipsing their previous nine-year-old meet record of 1:30.07 set back in 2003.
The Lady Tigers made history again with their first Texas Relays' championship in the women's distance medley relay.
That's when the team of Charlene Lipsey (1200 meters), Montenae Roye-Speight (400 meters), Samantha Levin (800 meters) and Laura Carleton (1600 meters) combined for a winning run of 11:16.82 to nip the defending champions from Texas Tech (11:16.83).
Carleton fought all the way to the finish line on the anchor leg as she came from behind in the last 10 meters to catch Texas Tech's Caroline Jepleting after being passed on the homestretch.
With a winning time of 11:16.82 on Saturday afternoon, Lipsey, Roye-Speight, Levin and Carleton set the second-fastest time in program history outdoors in the women's DMR.
The Lady Tigers won their fourth relay in the next final when Hackett, Alexander and Duncan returned to the track to join Takeia Pinckney in running the 4X100-meter relay after qualifying with the second-fastest time of Friday's preliminary round at 43.86 seconds.
And as they did in the 4X200, Hackett and Alexander gave LSU the lead on the second exchange before Duncan anchored the Lady Tigers to the win as she finished off their NCAA-leading time of 42.99 for the team.
Two-time defending champion Texas A&M (43.21) followed in second place.
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The Lady Tigers then added a runner-up finish in the women's 4X400-meter relay for good measure to put the finishing touches on a tremendous weekend as the meet's Most Outstanding Team.
While running with a team of Alexander, Tate, Siedda Herbert and Jonique Day, they earned a second-place finish to Texas (3:29.79) with an outdoor seasonal best at 3:30.42 in the finals. Texas Tech (3:32.36) took third place, followed by Florida (3:33.13) in fourth place.
After anchoring LSU to a win in both the 4X100 and 4X200 relays, Duncan added a win in 100-meter finals to her resume with another NCAA-leading run as her wind-aided effort of 10.94 (+3.0) set a career-best under all conditions.
Duncan beat Louisiana Tech's Chelsea Hayes (11.09w) to the tape after Hayes advanced to the finals with the fastest time of Friday's qualifying round at 11.20.
Semoy Hackett followed Duncan in fourth place in Saturday's championship final with a wind-aided time of 11.16.
The Tigers captured their first relay championship of the weekend with their thrilling run in the Cleburne Price, Jr. 4x400-Meter Relay Championship.