SEC Women — Syd Does It Again As 3 CRs Are Set

McLaughlin’s 52.75 lowered her own World & American Junior Records and claimed the Collegiate standard. (SHAWN PRICE)

Knoxville, Tennessee, May 11-13—In a meet filled with worthy headlines, Kentucky’s Sydney McLaughlin stole the show in her first SEC outdoor meet, destroying the collegiate record in the 400 hurdles with a 52.75 that also crushed her own World & American Junior (U20) records by 0.85.

McLaughlin’s world-leading rampage went virtually unchallenged, as she won the race by 3.36 in slicing the old collegiate best of 53.21 held by Kori Carter.

Said Kentucky head Edrick Floréal, “She wanted to really break the Collegiate Record. You don’t want to run 53.19, and only barely break it, so we wanted to go 52 seconds. And she was able to do that. So all in all I was pleased with her race and that she did it by herself.”

Technically, he sees room for improvement: “From hurdles 2, 3, 4 and 5, she’s stutter-stepping a little bit. She switched [legs] on number 9 when she should, but she kind of slowed down. So we can make some adjustments.”

Teammate Jasmine Camacho-Quinn came oh-so-close to making it two CRs for the Wildcat women. The Wildcat junior rocketed a world-leading 12.40 to beat Tennessee’s Alexis Duncan by a massive 0.39 margin, scaring the CR of 12.39 held by Clemson’s Brianna Rollins-McNeal. “The last two hurdles were as clean as we’d like them to be,” said Floréal. “To start out she popped a little bit out of the blocks, so there’s still some room for improvement there.”

TJ Record For Orji

In the jumps, Georgia senior Keturah Orji was on fire, notching a 22-4¼ (6.81) long jump victory the day before launching herself to a Collegiate Record 47-11¾ (14.62) in the triple. Even though she described it as “a good jump,” she said she sees how it could have been better: “The record was on the last jump and everything felt good until my last phase. My first and second phase were really good. And on my third I brought my chest way too far forward and that’s why I came to the ground earlier than I was supposed to. I was shaking my head in it because I knew that I had much more distance in me.” (see feature for more)

4×1 Record For LSU

Another world leader—and Collegiate Record—fell to the LSU sprint squad (see feature), blistering a 42.05 in the 4×1 to take down the 42.12 CR the school shared with Oregon. Anchored by Aleia Hobbs, the team finished 0.25 ahead of Kentucky, whose surprising 42.30 registered them as the No. 3 school ever.

Hobbs dominated the 100, zipping a U.S.-leading 10.92 after a 10.93 heat. In the final, Tennessee’s unheralded Shania Collins—just an 11.34 performer last year—also broke 11 with her 10.99 runner-up finish. Alabama frosh Tamara Clark—with an 11.27 PR coming into the weekend—hit 11.02 to move to No. 6 on the all-time World Junior list.

The team battle came down to the final race, with Florida needing to finish high—and ahead of LSU—to clinch the win. To do that, the Gators went after the early laps aggressively, leading off with frosh Taylor Manson (5th in the 400) and Sharrika Barnett (400 champ in PR 50.69). At the halfway point, they led Kentucky by 0.91 with LSU another 0.84 back. Then the Wildcats took over on the strength of another blistering McLaughlin carry, 50.28. Florida, with Nikki Stephens (51.53) running third, gained a little more on LSU (Kymber Payne 51.63).

The anchor saw Kentucky’s Kayelle Clarke produce a 52.03 for the win in 3:25.99, making the Wildcats the No. 7 school ever. Florida’s Taylor Sharpe ran 52.90 and managed to hang on as LSU’s Cassondra Hall delivered a 51.88. The Gators finished 2nd in 3:27.30 to LSU’s 3:28.02, but triumphed in the team race, 91-88½.

For Florida, it was the first time the team has ever swept both men’s and women’s SEC crowns. Said Coach Mike Holloway, “They just came out here and competed their tails off. I told Taylor [Sharpe], ‘When you get the stick, just hold on for dear life,’ and she did.”



SEC WOMEN’S RESULTS

Knoxville, Tennessee, May 11-13—

(5/11—200h, 10K, 400Hh, HT; 5/12—100h, St, 100Hh, LJ, SP, JT)

Teams: 1. Florida 91; 2. LSU 88½; 3. Texas A&M 79½; 4. Tennessee 78; 5. Mississippi 74; 6. tie, Arkansas & Kentucky 70; 8. Georgia 61; 9. Alabama 53½; 10. Missouri 53; 11. Auburn 38½; 12. Mississippi State 30; 13. South Carolina 20; 14. Vanderbilt 10;

100(1.5): 1. Aleia Hobbs (LSU) 10.92 (AL, CL) (x, =3 C); 2. Shania Collins (Tn) 10.99 (=9, x AmC); 3. ***Tamara Clark (Al) 11.02 (6, 6 WJ; 3, 3 AJ);

4. **Natalliah Whyte’ (Aub) 11.04; 5. Mikiah Brisco (LSU) 11.07; 6. *Kortnei Johnson (LSU) 11.12; 7. *Kiara Parker (Ar) 11.13; 8. **Cassondra Hall (LSU) 11.29.

Heats: IV(0.4)–1. Aleia Hobbs (LSU) 10.93 (x, =4 C).

200(0.6): 1. ***Lynna Irby (Ga) 22.25 (AL, CL) (10, x AmC);

2. Collins 22.47; 3. Clark 22.64; 4. Brisco 22.88; 5. Johnson 22.95; 6. Gray 23.07; 7. Baylark 23.11;… dnc—Whyte’.

400: 1. *Sharrika Barnett (Fl) 50.69; 2. *Rachel Misher (LSU) 51.60; 3. Felecia Majors (Tn) 51.67; 4. *Lenysse Dyer (Tn) 52.14; 5. ***Taylor Manson (Fl) 52.26; 6. ***Morgan Burks Magee (Ar) 52.93; 7. Taylor Sharpe’ (Fl) 53.10; 8. *Jennifer Edobi’ (Vand) 53.43.

800: 1. ***Sammy Watson (TxAM) 2:03.37; 2. *Jazmine Fray’ (TxAM) 2:03.55; 3. *Maddie McHugh (Ms) 2:05.54; 4. Courtney Clayton (Vand) 2:07.58; 5. **Brittany Parker (TxAM) 2:07.58; 6. *Ersula Farrow (LSU) 2:07.66; 7. *Alon Lewis (MsSt) 2:08.71; 8. Valeska Halamicek (Mo) 2:15.94.

1500: 1. Rhianwedd Price-Weimer’ (MsSt) 4:18.79; 2. Karissa Schweizer (Mo) 4:19.98; 3. **Elisabeth Bergh’ (Fl) 4:21.25; 4. Nikki Hiltz (Ar) 4:22.17; 5. **Carina Viljoen’ (Ar) 4:24.52; 6. Halamicek 4:27.11; 7. *Lauren Perry (Fl) 4:28.05.

St: 1. *Shelby Brown (Ms) 10:05.58; 2. ***Lisa Vogelgesang’ (Ms) 10:06.00; 3. Katy Kunc (Ky) 10:06.37; 4. **Devin Clark (Ar) 10:08.88; 5. **Rachel Nichwitz (Ar) 10:23.00; 6. Hannah Christen (Ms) 10:27.30; 7. Regan Hime (Ar) 10:31.67.

5000: 1. Schweizer 15:58.14; 2. **Jessica Drop (Ga) 16:15.30; 3. Clark 16:20.79; 4. Katy Kunc (Ky) 16:35.95; 5. Price-Weimer’ 16:42.36; 6. *Shelby Brown (Ms) 16:43.51.

10,000: 1. Megan Cunningham (Mo) 33:47.05; 2. ***Mckenzie Yanek (Al) 35:03.33; 3. **Yanely Gomez (Ga) 35:13.47; 4. Karis Jochen (TxAM) 35:24.07.

100H(1.2): 1. *Jasmine Camacho-Quinn’ (Ky) 12.40 (WL, CL) (2, 2 C) (12.58h—x, =8 C);

2. **Alexis Duncan (Tn) 12.79; 3. ***Janeek Brown’ (Ar) 12.84; 4. Taliyah Brooks (Ar) 12.94; 5. **Brittley Humphrey (LSU) 13.02; 6. Jacklyn Howell (Ky) 13.13; 7. ***Caitlyn Little (SC) 13.17; 8. **Louisa Grauvogel’ (Ga) 13.21.

400H: 1. ***Sydney McLaughlin (Ky) 52.75 CR, WJR, AJR (old CR 53.21 Kori Carter [Stan] ’13; old WJR, AJR 53.60 McLaughlin ’18) (WL, AL) (=9, x W; =5, =7 A) (54.85h—x, =10 AJ);

2. Kymber Payne (LSU) 56.11; 3. **Brandee Johnson (Fl) 57.19; 4. ***Jurnee Woodward (LSU) 57.77; 5. Kaitlin Walker (Al) 58.28; 6. ***Milan Young (LSU) 58.54; 7. Humphrey 59.46.

4 x 100: 1. LSU 42.05 CR (old CR 42.12 Oregon & LSU ’17) (WL, AL) (Mikiah Brisco, Kortnei Johnson, Rachel Misher, Aleia Hobbs);

2. Kentucky 42.30 (5 C; #3 school) (Celera Barnes, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn’, Kayelle Clarke’, Kianna Gray);

3. Arkansas 43.26; 4. Alabama 43.27; 5. Auburn 43.28; 6. Tennessee 43.30; 7. Texas A&M 44.22.

4 x 400: 1. Kentucky 3:25.99 (CL) (#7 school) (Faith Ross, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn’, Sydney McLaughlin 50.28, Kayelle Clarke’ 52.03);

2. Florida 3:27.30 (Taylor Manson, Sharrika Barnett, Nikki Stephens 51.53, Taylor Sharpe’ 52.90); 3. LSU 3:28.02 (Rachel Misher, Zakiya Denoon’, Kymber Payne 51.63, Cassondra Hall 51.88); 4. Tennessee 3:28.96 (Lenysse Dyer, Shania Collins, Maia McCoy 52.99, Felecia Majors 50.91); 5. Texas A&M 3:29.61 (Jazmine Fray’ 51.43, Sammy Watson 52.24); 6. Alabama 3:29.71; 7. Arkansas 3:31.15; 8. Mississippi State 3:36.09.

Jumping Events

HJ: 1. Tatiana Gusin’ (Ga) 6-0 (1.83); 2. ***Abigail O’Donoghue (LSU) 5-10¾ (1.80); 3. ***Tyra Gittens’ (TxAM) 5-10¾; 4. tie, *Kaitlyn Walker (LSU) & *Skyler Daniel (Aub) 5-8¾ (1.75).

PV: 1. *Lexi Jacobus (Ar) 15-3 (4.65) (out CL) (x, =10 C) (13-7¼, 13-11¼ [2], 14-3¼, 14-5¼, 14-9 [3], 15-3 [3], 15-6¼ [xxx]) (4.15, 4.25 [2], 4.35, 4.40, 4.50 [3], 4.65 [3], 4.73 [xxx]);

2. *Tori Hoggard (Ar) 14-9 (4.50); 3. *Lindsey Murray (Ms) 14-3¼ (4.35); 4. *Olivia Gruver (Ky) 13-11¼ (4.25); 5. **Kristen Denk (Vand) 13-11¼; 6. **Hailey Sweatman (SC) 13-7¼ (4.15); 7. tie, Sara Kathryn Stevens (TxAM) & Britainy Smith (Al) 13-3½ (4.05).

LJ: 1. Keturah Orji (Ga) 22-4¼ (6.81) (CL) (=9, x AmC) (21-6, f, 22-4¼, f, p, 22-3) (6.55, f, 6.81, f, p, 6.78);

2. *Yanis David’ (Fl) 21-10¾ (6.67); 3. Darrielle McQueen (Fl) 21-10 (6.65); 4. *Rougui Sow’ (SC) 21-6¾ (6.57); 5. ***Tyra Gittens’ (TxAM-Tri) 21-2¾ (6.47); 6. K. Hall 21-2 (6.45); 7. *Kiara Williams (Al) 20-10 (6.35); 8. Filippa Fotopoulou’ (Al) 20-4¼ (6.20).

TJ: 1. Orji 47-11¾ (14.62) CR (old CR 47-8/14.53 Orji ’16 & ’18) (x, 4 A) (47-6½w [a-c: x, 5 C], f, f, f, 47-7¼w [a-c: x, 5 C], 47-11¾) (14.49w, f, f, f, 14.51w, 14.62);

2. David’ 46-1¼ (14.05); 3. *Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile’ (Ky) 45-7¾ (13.91); 4. *LaChyna Roe (Tn) 44-8 (13.61); 5. *Hanifah Abdulqadir’ (SC) 43-7¾ (13.30); 6. Jakayla Hand (Aub) 43-5¼ (13.24); 7. Cidaea’ Woods (Tn) 43-3¼ (13.19); 8. **Ciynamon Stevenson (TxAM) 43-1½ (13.14); 9. *Latavia Coombs’ (Ky) 43-1 (13.13); 10. McQueen 42-8 (13.00); 11. **Alexis Farley (MsSt) 42-8 (13.00); 12. **Lajarvia Brown (TxAM) 42-7 (12.98); 13. *Aliyah Johnson’ (Ga) 42-6¾w (12.97).

Throwing Events

SP: 1. Janeah Stewart (Ms) 58-11½ (17.97) (52-9¼, 56-½, 56-4, f, 58-4¾, 58-11½) (16.08, 17.08, 17.17, f, 17.80, 17.97); 2. *Portious Warren’ (Al) 56-11¼ (17.35); 3. *Stamatia Scarvelis’ (Tn) 56-6½ (17.23); 4. Lloydricia Cameron (Fl) 55-6¼ (16.92).

DT: 1. *Gabi Jacobs (Mo) 183-5 (55.92); 2. Cameron 180-7 (55.05); 3. Stewart 180-2 (54.91); 4. Warren’ 171-9 (52.35); 5. *Ivana Muzarić’ (Aub) 169-8 (51.73); 6. Scarvelis’ 162-0 (49.39).

HT: 1. Scarvelis’ 217-2 (66.19); 2. Stewart 217-0 (66.15); 3. **Erin Perkins (Aub) 200-10 (61.23); 4. *Rebecca Keating (Mo) 198-8 (60.55).

JT: 1. Avione Allgood (Fl) 181-9 (55.40); 2. *Madalaine Stulce (TxAM) 170-10 (52.09); 3. Kristen Clark (TxAM) 170-5 (51.95); 4. *Kylee Carter (Aub) 170-5 (51.95); 5. *Peyton Montgomery (Aub) 158-6 (48.32).

Hept: 1. Gittens’ (TxAM) 6074 NR (13.21, 6-1¼/1.86, 42-¾/12.82, 24.01, 20-10¾/6.37, 120-5/36.71, 2:32.41); 2. Shaina Burns (TxAM) 5743; 3. ***Amanda Frøynes’ (Fl) 5663; 4. *Maya Neal’ (Tn) 5650; 5. **Kieshonna Brooks (Ms) 5338; 6. *Zaria Tillman (MsSt) 5043.

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