Louisiana Tech Sweeps Long Jump Titles at Texas A&M

Jarvis Gotch
Jan. 15, 2016


COLLEGE STATION, Texas - It was a clean sweep in the long jump for Louisiana Tech and a first place finish for the second week in a row for Mia Adams. The twin top billings helped Louisiana Tech to a third place finish on both the men and women’s side at Friday’s Aggie Team Invitational in College Station.

This week first place came a little easier for Adams. After jumping 19-8.75 (6.01m) at the Purple Tiger Invitational last week, the redshirt senior needed a mark of only 18-10 (5.74m) to win the long jump and score 10 points for the team. She would also claim silver as she ran the second leg of the 4x400m relay that ran 3:45.89, joined by Brandi Dobbin, Kirsten Johnson and Destiny Aaron on the relay.

Meanwhile on the men’s side Jarvis Gotch made his first long jump attempt of the season and dominated the competition as his jump of 25-3.25 (7.70m) won by over two feet, is the fifth-best mark in school history and ranks fourth in the nation following Friday’s action. Jarrett Samuels followed in sixth place, jumping 22-8.5 (6.92m).

Chloe Lautric also recorded an impressive mark on the day, breaking her own school record (shared with Pamela Lee) in the high jump with a height of 5-9.25 (1.76m) to finish second overall.

The standout performances pushed the women’s team into third place in the final team scoring with 69 points, edging Conference USA foe North Texas (47.5 points). Sam Houston State (141.0) won the women’s team competition with UT Arlington (89.0) finishing as the runner-up. On the men’s side UT Arlington was the team champion scoring 123.5 points while Sam Houston State (82.5) finished second and Louisiana Tech (62.0) third. North Texas (52.0) finished fifth, just 1.5 points behind Division II program Texas A&M-Kingsville (53.5).



Aaron Orduno also claimed an individual title as his mark of 54-11.25 (16.75m) in the weight throw placed him atop the field, beating UT Rio Grande Valley’s Javier Carretero by almost two feet.

Liza Wall was the runner-up in the weight throw with a mark of 55-1 (16.79m) while Morgan Keesee placed sixth, throwing 50-6.25 (15.41m).

Tech’s women finished strong in the 60m hurdles as Bianca Jackson was the runner-up with a time of 8.59, Janiel McDonald placing fourth with a time of 8.89 and Laticia Watson running 9.06 to place sixth. Meanwhile Tramaine Malone tied a career-best performance for the second week in a row as he ran 7.98 in the 60m hurdles to finish second.

Brittany Walker posted a 60m dash time of 7.74 as she finished fourth while Haley Berg’s time of 5:27.83 in the mile ranks sixth in school history (Berg finished 12th in the race).

Darius Statham ran a personal best time of 48.91 to claim bronze in the 400m while Jermey Hicks was the runner-up in the 200m dash with a career-best time of 21.52.

Louisiana Tech returns to action on Jan. 29-30 as Tech travels to Nashville, Tennessee for the Vanderbilt Invitational.

For complete coverage of Tech Track and Field and Cross Country, please follow @LATechTandF on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.


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