After sweeping Southeastern Conference sprints titles in the 60 meters and 200 meters and taking home the Cliff Harper Trophy as the top point scorer at this year’s SEC Indoor Championships, LSU senior Kimberlyn Duncan was honored Friday as the SEC Women’s Indoor Runner of the Year.
Duncan also won the award last season.
Duncan is the No. 1-ranked 200-meter sprinter in the NCAA and world rankings with an indoor best of 22.54 seconds run in winning her third straight SEC indoor crown.
Duncan also won the 60-meter title for the first time in her career and is the NCAA’s second-ranked performer in the event this season with best of 7.16 set.
DUNKLEY HIGHLIGHTS LAST-CHANCE MEET: Freshman Fitzroy Dunkley leaped into the top 10 of the school’s all-time rankings with a lifetime personal-best clearance of 6 feet, 10¾ inches in winning the high jump competition to highlight Friday’s action at the LSU Invitational qualifier held at the Carl Maddox Field House.
Junior All-America candidate Keri Emanuel led the way for the Lady Tigers as she won the women’s long jump title with a series-best mark of 20-1¾.
VANDERBILT EDGES TIGERS: In Nashville, Tenn., the No. 39 LSU men’s tennis team lost a 4-3 match to No. 25 Vanderbilt on Friday afternoon at the Currey Tennis Center.
“We gave ourselves a chance early by winning the doubles point,” head coach Jeff Brown said. “It ultimately could have gone our way, but sometimes that’s not the way it goes.
The Tigers continue SEC play at No. 6 Kentucky at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Vanderbilt 4, LSU 3
1. #25 Ryan Lipman (V U) def. Chris Simpson, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; 2. #41 Gonzales Austin (VU) def. Tam Trinh, 6-2, 6-2; 3. Olivier Borsos (LSU) def. Marc van der Merwe, 6-3, 6-4; 4. Jeff Offerdahl (VU) def. Roger Anderson, 6-2, 6-4; 5. Kris Yee (VU) def. Mark Bowtell, 6-4, 6-2; 6. Harrison Kennedy (LSU) def. Rhys Johnson (VU) 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.
1. Ryan Lipman/Marc van der Merwe (VU) def. Roger Anderson/Tam Trinh, 8-3; 2. #41 Chris Simpson/Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. Gonzales Austin/Suresh Eswaran, 8-4; 3. Boris Arias/Olivier Borsos (LSU) def. Jeff Offerdahl/Rhys Johnson, 9-7.
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,3,5,1,6)
Match was played indoors because of inclement weather.
LADY TIGERS FALL TO VANDERBILT, 7-0: The Lady Tigers opened SEC play with a 7-0 loss to No. 12 Vanderbilt at W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium.
“It isn’t fun to lose, but we’re getting better,” coach Julia S. Sell said. “That’s all that matters. In practice, they’re doing a really good job. It’s just about transferring that into a match. Unfortunately, that’s tough to do when you’re playing such a good team.
“They battled, and they showed a lot of heart. That’s what it’s all about.”
Vanderbilt 7, LSU 0
1. #60 Lauren Mira def. Kaitlin Burns , 6-1, 3-6, 6-2; 2. Marie Casares def. Mary Jeremiah , 6-4, 6-1; 3. Courtney Colton def. Ella Taylor , 6-2, 6-4; 4. #64 Georgina Sellyn def. Ariel Morton , 7-5, 6-3; 5. Ashleigh Antal def. Keri Frankenberger , 6-1, 6-1; 6. Frances Altick def. Ebie Wilson , 0-6, 6-3, 2-1, retired.
1. Mary Jeremiah/Ariel Morton , vs. #29 Lauren Mira/Courtney Colton 5-6, unfinished; 2. Ashleigh Antal/Marie Casares def. Ebie Wilson/Keri Frankenberger , 8-3; 3. Georgina Sellyn/Frances Altick def. Kaitlin Burns/Ella Taylor , 8-3.
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,2,3,4,6,1)