FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — LSU’s Charlene Lipsey and Natoya Goule turned in the NCAA’s two fastest times in the 800-meter run while making their season debuts in the event as the LSU track and field teams combined for seven top-10 performances nationally during Saturday’s finale at the Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Goule outlased Lipsey for the 800-meter title at the Razorback Invitational with each NCAA contender setting a new indoor personal record in the race.
Goule smashed her previous indoor best of 2 minutes, 5.79 seconds by more than two seconds with a2:03.49 to move to the top of the NCAA rankings. Lipsey set a new indoor PR with a second-place time of 2:03.76 for the No. 2 spot in the NCAA this season.
Their performances rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the women’s 800-meter run.
The middle distance stars were among seven NCAA top-10 performances turned in by LSU on Saturday as senior Kimberlyn Duncan (60 meters); juniors Keri Emanuel (triple jump), Denise Hinton (weight throw) and Jasmin Stowers (60 hurdles); and the Lady Tigers’ 4x400-meter relay each cemented their positions among the nation’s elite.
Goule and Lipsey pulled double-duty on Saturday while running for the Lady Tigers on their 4x400-meter relay, which set a new seasonal-best in a fourth-place finish.
Lipsey split 54.51 seconds on the second leg before Goule anchored with a 52.41-second split as they teamed with senior Siedda Herbert (55.29) and sophomore Montenae Roye-Speight (54.24) in setting the NCAA’s sixth-fastest time this season at 3:36.45.
In the women’s 60-meter dash, Duncan dominated the field with a PR of 7.22 to finish the meet as the NCAA’s No. 3-ranked sprinter in the event. Teammate Takeia Pinckney was second in the 60-meter final after running back-to-back seasonal-bests of 7.40, while junior Toshika Sylvester took eighth place in the final at 7.57.
The men’s 60-meter final also turned in a pair of seasonal-bests for the Tigers as Damar Forbes and Aaron Ernest each set personal records on Saturday.
Ernest claimed second place in the first semifinal race with a lifetime best and the eighth-fastest performance in LSU history at 6.70. He clocked a 6.71 in the men’s 60-meter final for a silver-medal-winning runner-up finish to Florida State’s Marvin Bracy (6.61) for the event crown.
Forbes posted back-to-back personal bests with a run of 6.84 in the semifinal round and 6.77 in the final en route to a sixth-place finish overall. Joining his teammates in the 60-meter final was Rynell Parson (6.76), who finished fifth.
The LSU athletes advanced to Saturday’s final in the 60-meter hurdles.
Jasmin Stowers cracked the NCAA’s top-10 with a season-best run of 8.25.e_SClB for second place in the women’s final. Shanekia Hall took fourth place in the final after running 8.32 in her second race of the day.
In the 60-meter men’s hurdles, Joshua Thompson secured a fourth-place finish with a top time this season of 7.89 in the final.
Emanuel smashed her indoor PR in a runner-up finish in the women’s triple jump with her best mark of the day at 42 feet, 8 ¾ inches. Lynnika Pitts followed in fifth place while matching her seasonal-best of 40-6.
Hinton won her third straight women’s weight throw title of the season with a seasonal-best mark of 67-6.
LSU’s Laura Carleton led a host of other athletes setting personal records Saturday.
Carleton claimied a fourth-place finish in the women’s invitational 3,000 meters (9:21.92).
Other LSU athletes setting indoor PRs on Saturday included Dakota Goodman (10:08.76) and junior Laura Aleman (10:17.56) in the 3,000 meters, sophomore Quincy Downing (47.38) in the 400 meters and sophomore Barrett Miller (4:16.36) and freshman Andria Aguilar (5:03.39) in the mile.
LSU returns to action next weekend to The Armory, in New York City for The Armory Collegiate Invitational.