BATON ROUGE – Former LSU All-American runner Charlene Lipsey continued her outstanding 2017 season in Sunday’s finale at the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships as she won the women’s 1,000 meters with a championship-record time of 2 minutes, 37.97 seconds at the Albuquerque (N.M.) Convention Center.
Lipsey’s victory highlighted a stellar Sunday for former LSU athletes as Jasmin Stowers also scored the U.S. Indoor silver medal in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 7.82 seconds.
Lipsey, a five-time All-American and three-time SEC Champion in four years at LSU from 2010-13, was the wire-to-wire winner of the 1,000-meter title as she passed 400 meters in 64.12 and 800 meters in 2:07.43 ahead of Lauren Johnson in second place with a time of 2:38.33 at the finish line. Hannah Fields was third in the race with a time of 2:40.18.
It marked the third-straight year in which a former LSU athlete was crowned a U.S. Indoor Champion after Vernon Norwood won the men’s 400 meters in 2016 and Stowers captured the women’s 60 hurdles in 2015.
Lipsey’s title-winning performance in Albuquerque this weekend added to an already outstanding indoor season in which she most recently posted a big lifetime personal best of 1:58.64 in the 800 meters for a runner-up finish in the 110th Millrose Games on Feb. 11 after also running a PR of 4:30.13 in the mile a week before. She remains the No. 2-ranked 800-meter worldwide this indoor season with her career-best time.
Stowers showed the form of her breakout 2015 season when she won the silver medal at the Albuquerque Convention Center with the fastest hurdle race of her career to finish a split-second behind Keni Harrison.
After qualifying with a time of 7.92 earlier in the day, Stowers was edged at the line for the title while running the third-fastest time in the world this season at 7.82, breaking her previous personal best of 7.84 from her appearance in Boston two years ago when she was crowned the U.S. Indoor Champion in the event. Harrison, the outdoor world-record holder in the 100-meter hurdles, took the tape in 7.81.
They were the only hurdlers among the eight finalists to break eight seconds in the race as former Ohio State standout Christina Manning bagged the U.S. Indoor bronze medal in 8.02, followed by Kaila Barber in fourth place at 8.10, Evonne Britton in fifth place at 8.12, Jade Barber in sixth place at 8.14 and Jackie Coward in seventh place at 8.40. Sharika Nelvis did not finish the race.