AUSTIN, Texas — After winning four relay titles a season ago, the LSU women’s track team scored its first of the Texas Relays on Thursday night by running away with the 4x800-meter relay for their fourth win in the event in six seasons.
Led by a split of 2 minutes, 5 seconds on the anchor leg by NCAA indoor champion Natoya Goule, the Lady Tigers cruised to victory in 8:41.25, finishing nearly five seconds ahead of runner-up Illinois. Goule brought home the victory following strong legs by senior Laura Carleton (2:12), senior Charlene Lipsey (2:08) and sophomore Samantha Levin (2:16).
Junior Thomas Reinecke smashed his PR in a runner-up finish in the B section of the men’s pole vault. Junior Karen Henning and sophomore Jeremy Tuttle added PR performances with fifth-place finishes in the hammer throw to lead the way in field events.
TUOMOLA SETS SCHOOL RECORD: In Indianapolis, senior Andrei Tuomola broke LSU’s 50 freestyle record and picked up his first career individual NCAA honorable mention All-American honor during the first day at the national meet.
Tuomola shattered the 25-year-old 50-free record held by Mark Andrews with a time of 19.53 in the prelims. The Finland native took 15th in the event with a seventh-place swim in the consolation final after swimming a mark of 19.74. Tuomola’s swim was LSU’s eighth record of the year.
BIG TEST COMING FRIDAY: The LSU women (8-10, 1-7 SEC) welcome Florida (13-2, 6-1) to W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium at 3 p.m. Friday.
LSU last competed on the road, taking on Ole Miss on Friday and Mississippi State on Sunday. Freshman Ella Taylor notched wins in both singles competitions, taking a 6-3, 6-1 victory over the Rebels’ Mai El Kamash before tallying a 6-2, 6-3 win against State’s Naomi Tran.
The Lady Tigers are 1-38 all-time against Florida.
The men’s team (8-7, 2-4) visits Florida (9-7, 3-3) at 4 p.m. Friday.