The New Balance Indoor Games posted some fast early season times. Jenny Simpson posted a world leading mile running 4:28. In the ladies 800m run a few first year professionals had impressive runs. Tennessee alumni Pheobe Wright won in 2:00.39 with LSU alumni LaTavia Thomas getting third in 2:01.81.
LSU and Texas A&M competed in a duel indoor meet this past weekend. Lsu’s Barret Nugent set a meet record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.75. On the distance side, LSU’s Ritchie Chautin and Dakoda Goodman both placed 3rd in the 5000 running great early season times of 14:48 and 17:52 respectively.
Meet organizer’s have announced that both Olympic silver medalist Nick Willis and American record holder Alan Webb will both be competing in the men’s mile at the New Balance Indoor Meet on Feb 5th. Also competing will be high school standout Lucas Verzbicas who boasts a mile PR of 4:04.
The inaugural Bay Are Cross Country challenge was raced this weekend. It hosted a few professional women who used it as a rust busting opportunity. American 5k record holder Molly Huddle (video) outpaced Renee’ Baillie and olympian Magdelena Boulet in a time of 19:19 for the 6k course.
The college indoor season began this weekend with races taking place all over the country. Most local colleges headed to LSU for the Purple Tiger Invitational. The star of the meet was olympian and LSU alumni Lolo Jones, who competed in the 60m hurdles and won in an impressive 8.10. Check out full Results at lsusports.net.
Three races were held (two mile, 10k, and 25k). The two mile race went off first and was won by Andrew Abadie in a time of 14:22, the women’s division was won by Laura Beard in a time of 17:36. The 10k race finish next with the winner Matt Kelso running 37:19 and the ladies winner, Bethany Burst running 46:26. The State Championship 25k was won in a demanding fashion by Brendan Minihan, Jr (pictured) in 1:34:29. The ladies winner Kristin Wenstrom also had a commanding lead, winning with a time of 1:46:00.