Track and Field Opens Indoor Season at UAB Blazer Invite



Jan. 10, 2014

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Louisiana Tech didn't let a late start slow them down as four sprinters and hurdlers advanced through the first round of competition despite a two hour delay at the UAB Blazer Invitational at the Crossplex in Birmingham.

Kim Francis led the way with a 60m hurdles time of 8.57 as she finished third in the A-section prelims to advance to Saturday's finals. She will be joined by Bianca Jackson who advanced with an 8.60 time, finishing sixth.

In the men' s 60m dash, Dennis Richardson ran 6.84 in the A-section prelims to advance with an opening round sixth place finish. He was closely followed by Jermey Hicks' time of 6.85, who will join Richardson in the finals.

In the B-section of the 60m dash, Isaiah Underwood opened his collegiate career at Louisiana Tech by running 6.83 and advancing to Saturday's finals with a fifth-place finish. Devin Henderson placed 11th in that section with a personal best time of 6.96.

In the women's 60m dash, Victoria Wade led the Lady Techsters in the A-section with a top time of 7.74 and a 16th place finish while Brittany Walker ran 7.77 to place 17th. In the B-section, Charla Craddock placed 17th with a time of 7.71.

Kendall Hayes led LA Tech in the men's 60m hurdles by running 8.47 to finish 12th overall while Evan Warnick ran 8.71 to place 17th.

In the men's 1,000m Tom Stringer finished 15th with a time of 2:40.10.

Taneka Henderson ran 1:17.14 in the women's 500m.

Friday's schedule still had 12 events to be completed as of press time of this report.

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