NCAA track and field: LSU's Aleia Hobbs sets SEC championships meet record in 100-meter dash
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Aleia Hobbs staked claim to another record on Saturday evening at the Tom Black Track on day two of the SEC Championships. Running in one of five 100 meter dash preliminary heats, Hobbs dashed out of the block and clocked a time of 10.93 to break former LSU sprint star Kimberlyn Duncan’s SEC meet record of 10.96 seconds.
For Hobbs, it’s her fastest wind-legal time of the season and it helped her earn an auto-bid to Sunday’s 100 meter dash final. Hobbs was one of four LSU sprinters to win their heat and earn the auto-bid to the final on Sunday; Mikiah Brisco (11.09), Kortnei Johnson (11.16) and Cassondra Hall (11.23) teamed up with Hobbs to combine for half the field in Sunday’s final.
With Hobbs’ clocking of 10.93 seconds, LSU women’s track and field program owns four of the five fastest wind-legal times to ever be run in collegiate history. Dawn Sowell owns the collegiate record with a 10.78 at altitude, Hobbs ranks second all-time with a 10.85 that she clocked in 2017, and both Hobbs’ and Sowell’s next-best wind-legal times are 10.93. The time of 10.93 also is the fastest wind-legal time for a non-final in collegiate history and is a Tom Black Track facility record; the facility record was held by multiple-time Olympian Evelyn Ashford.
Rayvon Grey picked up another point for the men’s team in the long jump with a wind-aided bound of 7.76 meters (25 feet, 5 ½ inches) to place eighth. Narrowly missing out on scoring for the Tigers was freshman JuVaughn Blake who recorded a personal-best bound of 7.71 meters (25-3.50) to finish in ninth place. Blake will compete on Sunday in the high jump.
The women’s squad advanced two additional athletes to Sunday’s finals to bring its total to 13 Sunday finalists on day two. Hollie Parker clocked a time of 4:25.82 in the 1,500 meter run to advance, and Brittley Humphreysecured the final 100 meter hurdle qualifying spot with a personal best readout of 13.20. Humphrey will pull double duty on Sunday running in the 100 meter hurdle final at 6:40 p.m. ET and 400 meter hurdle final at 8:10 p.m. ET. On the men’s side, Damion Thomas registered the fastest all-conditions time of his career with a wind-aided 13.39. The mark of 13.39 ranks as the third fastest in the NCAA this season. Eric Coston qualified for the 20-man 1,500 meter run final time with a readout of 3:57.08.