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LSU Tigers sophomore Michaela Rose pulls away from the pack to win the 800 meters during the SEC championship meet on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Michaela Rose and Alia Armstrong were LSU's top track qualifiers Saturday when the Tigers wrapped up the NCAA East preliminary rounds in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rose and Armstrong easily secured spots in the NCAA championships that will be held June 7-10 in Austin, Texas, capping four days of competition for coach Dennis Shaver's program.

The LSU women, who picked up one qualifier in the field on Thursday, had eight individuals and two relays get through Saturday.

That gave the LSU women 11 total scoring opportunities; the men chalked up 13 scoring opportunities for Austin in their two days of competition on Wednesday and Friday.

Individuals and relay teams that finished in the top 12 at the East prelims earned spots in the NCAA semifinals and finals, where they will meet up with the survivors from the West preliminary rounds.

Rose coasted to a victory in her 800 meters section, taking it in 2 minutes, 02.01 seconds. That turned out to be the fastest time of the day when compared to the other two quarterfinal heat winners.

Rose later ran the second leg on the 4x400-meter relay team that clocked a season-best time of 3:31.51 to punch their ticket to Austin in the final event of the night.

The team of Ella Onojuvwevwo, Rose, Garriel White and Hannah Douglas shaved more than two-tenths of a second off their previous best to close out the meet on a strong note.

Armstrong, the 2022 NCAA champion in the 100-meter hurdles, also automatically qualified for Austin when she won her heat with a wind-legal time of 12.59 seconds.

She'll get to defend her title against Kentucky's Masai Russell, who ran the fastest time of the day at 12.58 seconds. However, Russell's time was heavily wind-aided.

Armstrong also ran the leadoff leg on LSU's 4x100-meter relay team that won its heat and advanced with the fourth-fastest time of the quarterfinals.

Armstrong joined Favour Ofili, Brianna Lyston and Thelma Davies in getting the baton around in 43.54 seconds.

After running on the sprint relay, Ofili automatically qualified in the 200, while Lyston got in on time. Their times were wind-aided as Ofili came in with a 22.77 and Lyston clocked a 22.92.

Running in the same heat as Russell in the 100 hurdles, LSU's Leah Phillips also made it. Her wind-aided time of 12.89 seconds was the second of three competitors who claimed a spot based on time.

However, the only goal for the short sprinters and hurdlers Saturday was to finish in the top 12 and move on — regardless of the wind.

Cindy Bourdier, Rose's middle-distance training partner, also punched a ticket for the national semifinals when she took second in her heat with a time of 2:04.70.

Shani'a Bellamy finished second in her heat of the 400 hurdles and earned her ticket to Austin with a time of 57.48 seconds.

Morgan Smalls, a qualifier in the long jump on Thursday, made it a double when she tied for eighth with a best of 5 feet, 9¾ inches in the high jump on Saturday.

Southeastern's Kristian Jackson will also make the trip to Austin after finishing 10th in the discus Saturday with a top throw of 163-7.

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