LSU strong at Arizona St. tri-meet
Kennedy top collegiate performer in hammer throw
TEMPE, Ariz. -- LSU’s Brieanna Kennedy added nearly two feet to her personal bests in the hammer and discus throws to highlight 14 personal-best performances by the LSU Track & Field teams at the inaugural Arizona State Tri-Meet held on Saturday afternoon at Sun Angel Stadium.
Kennedy kicked off the meet in the first event of the morning session by finishing as the top collegiate and second-place finisher overall with a best of 204 feet, seven inches in the women's hammer throw.
She then followed in the afternoon by throwing a new personal record of 163-6 en route to her sixth-place finish in the women's discus final while improving her position on LSU's all-time list in the event.
Kennedy, who entered Saturday's competition with a hammer PR of 203-0 set during the LSU Relays, set her new mark of 204-7 with the third round of throws en route to a runner-up finish to unattached thrower Chelsea Cassulo (212-0) in the final standings of the first event of the tri-meet.
With her performance Saturday, Kennedy moved to within 16 inches of matching Britney Henry's eight-year-old school record of 205-11 and solidified the No. 9 spot in the NCAA rankings this season.
She then followed with another personal-best performance in the women's discus when she posted her top mark of 163-6 to take sixth place.
While entering the day with a previous PR of 161-7, Kennedy extended her best by nearly two feet with the No. 6-ranked performance in the women's discus in school history.
While Kennedy took second place in the hammer throw, Denise Hinton followed in fifth place with a personal-best performance of her own as she posted a series-best mark of 191-5.
Samia Stokes was the top Lady Tiger in Saturday's discus throw as she eclipsed the 170-foot mark for the third time in five meets with a best of 171-4 to earn a third-place finish. Tori Bliss established a personal best of 149-6 en route to an eighth-place finish in the discus.
Two other Lady Tigers captured event titles during Saturday's tri-meet with performances that move them up LSU's all-time list with top-10 performances in school history.
Laura Carleton smashed her outdoor PR in taking the women's 3000 meters on Saturday with a time of nine minutes, 37.17 seconds that moved her up to No. 4 LSU's all-time outdoor performance list. Joining Carleton with new 3K personal records were Laura Aleman (10:29.31) in second place and Leigh-Ann Naccari (10:30.54) in third place.
Annie Simoneaux added a victory for the Lady Tigers in the women's javelin throw in setting a personal-best mark of 154-5 to win by nearly 30 feet against Arizona State's Alex Hartig (126-1). She set a new PR by breaking her previous best of 152-9 set just one week ago at the "Battle on the Bayou."
The Tigers were led by their sprint group during Saturday's tri-meet, which featured a trio of 2012 season bests in the 200 meters by Riker Hylton, Keyth Talley Caleb Williams.
Hylton slashed more than two-tenths of a second off of his 200-meter PR with his wind-legal run of 20.76 seconds to take fourth place overall. He entered the weekend with a previous best of 20.98 he ran at a different school.
Talley followed in fifth place after racing to a seasonal-best time of 20.91, while Williams won the first heat with the sixth-fastest time of the day of 21.14 in setting a new wind-legal outdoor-personal best.
Quincy Downing was also impressive in his second-place finish in the men's 400 meters, as he cut .89 seconds from his lifetime-personal best with a run of 46.88 to finish behind William Henry of Arizona State (46.47).
James Thurn added a third-place finish in his first 400-meter hurdles race of the outdoor season, as he raced to the finish line in 52.34 out of Lane two to set a new personal record in the event.
Also setting lifetime personal bests on Saturday afternoon were Cullen Doody at 8:42.25 for a third place in the men's 3000 meters and Kaitlyn Moreau with a wind-legal mark of 17-0 ¾ in her ninth-place finish in the women's long jump competition.
Other Tigers to take home individual event titles during the Arizona State Tri-Meet included Kyron Blaise (24-6 ½w) in the men's long jump, Barrett Nugent (13.68) in the men's 100-meter hurdles and Jeremy Tuttle (211-11) in the men's javelin competition.
Among the Lady Tigers taking home event championships during Saturday's action were Rachel Laurent (13-5 ¾) in the pole vault, Kimberly Duncan (11.37) in the 100 meters and Jasmin Stowers (13.50).