Hinton, Carleton notch firsts for LSU

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In four hours Sunday, two LSU athletes did what had never been done in the Lady Tigers’ rich track and field history.

Denise Hinton won the weight throw and Laura Carleton took the 5,000 meters at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships, both firsts in those events for the Lady Tigers.

Hinton claimed the weight throw title with a best of 69 feet, 61/4 inches before Carleton finished strong and took the 5,000 meters title in 16 18.20.

Streaks continue

LSU continued an impressive streak as the Lady Tigers have won at least one event in 29 straight SEC indoor meets, a streak that started in 1985.

The Tigers also extended their streak of having at least one winner to 20 straight SEC indoor meets when Aaron Ernest won the 200 meters.

Beating dad

LSU sophomore Andreas Duplantis, the son of former Tigers’ All-American Greg Duplantis, produced a personal best of 17-91/4 to finish third in the pole vault.

In doing so, Andreas Duplantis went from ninth on the school’s all-time list to fourth — soaring past his father, who had been one notch ahead of his son.

Greg Duplantis was on hand to watch with his wife, Helena, a former LSU heptathlete.

“I can’t be happier for him,” said Greg Duplantis, whose indoor best was 17-51/2. “I hope he winds up beating me by a foot.”

Three in a row

Senior Kimberlyn Duncan and
junior Jasmin Stowers won the 200 meters (22.54 seconds) and 60-meter hurdles (8.06) for their third straight victories at the SEC indoor.

They’re only the second athletes to do that, joining former LSU stars in Muna Lee (2001-03) and Lolo Jones (2002-04), respectively.

BR connection

Baton Rouge native and McKinley High grad Kamaria Brown, a sophomore at Texas A&M, finished second in the 400 (52.16) and came back to place third in the 200 (22.73).