Ballard, Lattin Lead LA Tech Track & Field at Vanderbilt Invitational

Jan. 22, 2017

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech’s Track and Field teams wrapped up its second indoor competition of the season with several top finishes this weekend at the Vanderbilt Invitational.

In addition to eight top 10 finishes by both the men and women, Gregory Ballard began the invitational by setting a new Louisiana Tech record in the men’s pole vault Friday night to finish sixth overall with a mark of 16-0.75 (4.90m), which broke a school record that stood since 1986.

Tamario Lattin also had an impressive weekend for LA Tech by recording three top 10 finishes in three separate events, including finishing as high as second place in the men’s long jump on Friday with a mark of 24-6.25 (7.47m). Lattin continued to impress Saturday when he finished third in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 49-5.0 (15.06m). He also finished ninth in the high jump Friday with a mark of 6-8.0 (2.03m).

On the women’s side, the Lady Techsters had three top 10 finishes between Alexis Hyshaw, Denisha Henix and Asia Abron. On Saturday, Hyshaw placed eighth in the women’s 60-meter finals with a time of 7.73, while Abron competed in the shot put and finished 10th with a mark of 42-9.0 (13.03m). The day prior, Henix finished the women’s long jump in ninth place with a mark of 19-2.5 (5.85m).

In Friday’s 5,000-meter race, Manoah Kiptum also represented the men well with another top 10 finish by placing ninth with a final time of 15:41.04.

LA Tech’s men’s and women’s track and field squads are back in action two weeks from now at the South Alabama Crossplex on Feb. 5 in Birmingham, Alabama.



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