Louisiana Tech Sprinters Dominate at Howie Ryan Invitational



Jan. 26, 2013

HOUSTON - Dennis Richardson barely missed out on a school record and Niko Richey won the open 60m dash by three-thousandths of a second as the Louisiana Tech sprinters dominated in the final day of the Howie Ryan Invitational hosted by the University of Houston Saturday.

Richardson’s time of 6.69 in the elite 60m finals was 0.01 shy of the school record time of 6.68 set by Michael Coleman on Feb. 28, 2008 but was still good enough to win the race. He also ran the fastest time in the prelims with a mark of 6.74. Richardson also finished second in the 200m, running 21.91.

In the general 60m race, Niko Richey edged Northwestern State’s Kendal Taylor for the win by a mere three-thousandths of a second. Richey ran 6.82 (6.816) to Taylor’s 6.82 (6.819) after running a semifinal round best time of 6.83. Richey also ran in the 200m, running 22.05 and finishing sixth.

Teammate Trey Hadnot finished fourth in the 60m dash with a time of 6.84 after running 6.88 in the semifinals while Ed Ivory ran a finals time of 6.95 to place seventh.

On the women’s side, Kimberly Smith finished fifth in the elite 60m dash with a time of 7.49 after running 7.50 in the prelims.

Kim Francis continued to excel in the hurdles, winning the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.45 after matching her own personal record time of 8.39, which is also the 10th fastest time in school history.

Charla Craddock won the 200m after running 24.98 while Victoria Wade finished sixth with a time of 25.49.



The women’s relay team finished second only to host Houston as the quartet of Aldresha Bailey, Taneka Henderson, Craddock and Diamond Every ran 3:51.13.

The men’s relay team of Yusuf Muhammad, Trey Hadnot, Christopher Sampract and Kyonz Smith ran 3:21.07 to finish third behind Texas Southern and a professional team sponsored by Adidas.

In the field events, Micara Vassell finished third in the shot put with a throw of 48-1.25 (14.6mm).

Tech returns to action on Feb. 8-9 when the team competes at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

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