LA Tech Impressive in First Day of Indoor Season



Jan. 13, 2012


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Micarra Vassell, Kim Francis, Chelsea Hayes and Kendall Hayes all set course records as Louisiana Tech began their indoor track and field season in impressive fashion during the first day of the UAB Blazer Invitational Thursday at the Birmingham Crossplex Arena.

Vassell won the shot put while setting the facility record with a throw of 49-06.25, while Francis set the facility record in the 60-meter hurdles by running an 8.54 in the preliminaries to place her first and advance to the finals.

Louisiana Tech captured another individual title in day one as Kenyattia Hackworth won the women's long jump with a mark of 19-05.25.

Chelsea Hayes shattered the course record with a time of 7.41 in the 60-meter dash for a second place finish in the prelims. She will compete in the finals today.

On the men's side, Dennis Richardson ran a 6.87 in the 60-meter dash to place eighth and advance to the finals.

Kendall Hayes was one of 12 men's competitors to break the facility record in the 60-meter hurdles as Hayes recorded a time of 8.14 to place eighth and qualify for the finals.

The LA Tech men's distance medley relay team "B" team comprised of Alwayne Green, Gilbert Julien, Brent Kitto and Drake Smith exceled as it was one of six teams to set a new facility record. The team finished second in the medley with a time of 10:18.



Louisiana Tech continues action on Friday at the UAB Blazer Invitational.

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