LSU athletes start indoor season strong with eight Purple Tiger Invitational wins | USL

LSU track and field teams opened the 2022 season Friday with eight individual wins in the Purple Tiger Invitational at Carl Maddox Field House.

LSU athletes swept the mile race and 60-meter hurdles, a feat topped by Katy-Ann McDonald’s win in the mile.

McDonald, the 800-meter specialist, had a strong cross-country season in the fall when she qualified for the NCAA championships and followed it up with her indoor victory on Friday.

She clocked the 10th fastest time in LSU women’s history at 4 minutes, 48.70 seconds and led a group of seven purple-and-gold-clad Tigers to the finish line.

On the men’s side, LSU’s Adam Wise set the tone as the top nine spots went to the Tigers. Wise posted a winning time of 4:19.34.

Alia Armstrong and Eric Edwards Jr. won the 60 hurdles.

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Armstrong entered his third season with the Tigers clocking 8.17 seconds and Edwards followed suit winning the men’s title in 7.78 seconds.

Three other LSU women have won titles.

Southern Cal transfer Morgan Smalls made the long jump at 20ft 7in, rookie Johanna Duplantis won the pole vault at 11-11¾ and Nyagoa Bayak won the high jump at 5-11¼.

Additionally, Hannah Carroll won the 600 meters in 1:34.39 and sophomore Favor Ofili, running the 60 meters indoors for the first time in her career, was the top collegiate finisher with a time of 7.25. seconds.

Olympian Aleia Hobbs, a former LSU star, broke her previous 60-yard record at Field House in 7.13 seconds when she won with a time of 7.10.

Naomi C. Amerson