Micara Vassell Sets Fourth-Best Weight Throw Mark at Howie Ryan Invite



Jan. 25, 2013


HOUSTON - Louisiana Tech senior thrower Micara Vassell threw the fourth-best weight throw mark in school history and the Bulldog sprinters dominated as Tech began competition at the Howie Ryan Invitational hosted by the University of Houston Friday.

Vassell’s throw of 55-11 (17.04m) ties the fourth-best mark in school history set by April Malveo in 1998. Vassell’s mark is the best mark of any Lady Techster thrower since Tawanna Williams set the school record in 2002 with a throw of 60-8.75 (18.51m). A senior from Kingston, Jamaica, Vassell topped her previous personal best throw by eight feet.

The Bulldog sprinters were impressive in the 60m dash prelims as four Tech sprinters advanced to Saturday’s finals. Niko Richey led the way with a prelims-best time of 6.80 while Trey Hadnot ran 6.88 to finish fifth. Kameron Sheffield ran 6.94 to place 13th and Ed Ivory finished 14th with a time of 6.96 as all four advanced. John Franklin, running 7.00, barely missed the top 16 advancement group after placing 19th.

In the 60m hurdles, Kendall Hayes advanced to Saturday’s finals after running 8.53 and finishing 16th in the prelims. Yusuf Muhammad ran 9.11 to place 30th and Brandon Crear ran 9.14 to finish 32nd.

On the women’s side, Kim Francis led the way as three Techsters advanced in the 60m hurdles. Francis, a native of Lafayette’s Northside High School, ran 8.40 to finish first while freshman Bianca Jackson finished fourth with a time of 8.76. Sophomore Marlesia Carey ran a personal best time of 8.84 to finish ninth and also advance.



Francis also advanced in the sprints after finishing third in the 60m dash with a time of 7.65. Victoria Wade barely missed out on advancing after placing 18th with a time of 7.78 and barely edged teammate Brittany Walker, who finished 19th also with a time of 7.78. Calishia Mendoza rounded out the sprinters by running 7.94 and finishing 37th.

Action at the Howie Ryan Invitational concludes on Saturday.

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