Kim Francis Wins Hurdles, Tech Relays Sweep at Blazer Invite
Jan. 18, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Kim Francis set a meet record to win the 60m hurdles and both 4x400m relay teams swept as Louisiana Tech’s track and field program opened the 2013 indoor season at the Blazer Invitational hosted by UAB.
Francis’ time of 8.39 set a new personal record along with a new meet record, topping Lauren Smith’s time of 8.42 in the finals. A junior from Lafayette, Francis ran 8.48 in the prelims to lead all hurdlers.
The women’s 4x400m relay squad of Aldresha Bailey, Taneka Henderson, Charla Craddock and Diamond Every jolted out to a good start to 2013 with a winning time of 3:48.59. The men’s squad of Yusuf Muhammad, Noah Richey, Trey Hadnot and Christopher Sampract was equally as successful with a winning time of 3:17.47, the 10th fastest time in program history.
Hadnot also had a strong start to the season in the 200m with a second-place finish. He ran 21.28, the seventh-fastest time in school history and second in the meet only to Jackson State’s Anaso Jobodwana who ran a facility record time of 20.65.
Dennis Richardson finished third in the 60m dash with a personal best time of 6.72 while Ed Ivory’s personal record time of 6.93 was good for 11th place. Anthony Bushay rounded out the men’s record-setters with a personal best mark of 44-11.75 (13.71m) in the triple jump to finish ninth.
On the women’s side, Micara Vassell set a personal record and the school’s eighth-best weight throw mark with a throw of 54-4.75 (16.58m) to finish sixth. Vassell also finished second in the shot put with a throw of 46-7.25 (14.20m) while Jasmine LeBlanc finished sixth with a personal best throw of 42-6 (12.95m).
Craddock won the long jump with a personal best mark of 18-11.75 (5.78m).
Louisiana Tech returns to action on Jan. 25-26 at the Howie Ryan Invitational & Multis hosted by the University of Houston.
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