LA Tech T&F Impresses at PSU Invitational
Jan. 28, 2018
PITTSBURG, Kan. - A 27-year-old school record was shattered on Saturday, while Louisiana Tech Track & Field brought home four first place finishes when the men and women competed in the Pittsburg State Invitational on Saturday in Pittsburg, Kansas.
The day began with LA Tech junior Kacie Kaufman (Communications, 4.0 GPA) broke yet another school record with a time of 18:17.48 in the women's 5,000m run, 55 seconds faster than the previous record-holder's time of 19:12.45, which was set in 1991 by Heather Culpepper. This marks the second straight competition Kaufman has broken a long-standing school record after the junior broke a 28-year-old record two weeks ago in the 3,000m run.
Louisiana Tech notched a total of 28 top 10 finishes combined on the day in field and running events, including 17 top five finishes and four first place performances.
"I thought it was a very good effort by both squads," head coach Gary Stanley said following Saturday's competition. "The assistant coaches did a great job of having the freshmen ready to go. I thought the women's 4x400 team of [Brandi] Dobbins, [Elia] Nero, [Sharone] Johnson and [Taylor] Shaw on the anchor were fabulous."
The Lady Techsters 4x400m relay team of Brandi Dobbin, Elia Nero, Sharone Johnson and Taylor Shaw recorded a first place finish on Saturday with a time of 3:45.38 in the event. Nero represented the women well on the day as she also placed first in the women's 600-yard run with a time of 1:23.55. Shaw also finished second in the women's 60m finals (7.58) and third in the women's 200m dash (24.66) and eighth in the 60m finals (7.70), while Dobbin placed 10th in the 400m dash (57.55).
The women's high jump event featured three top 10 finishes by the Lady Techsters, led by freshman Sydney Anderson in first place with a jump of 5-7.75. Senior Chloe Lautric followed in third place with a mark of 5-6.5, while Kourtni Goldsmith finished in ninth with a jump of 5-3.25 on Saturday.
Additionally, after finishing third in the preliminaries, LA Tech's Janiel McDonald advanced to the finals of the women's 60m hurdles, where she placed fourth with a time of 8.73.
In the field events, LA Tech had five top 10 finishers combined in the men's and women's triple jump competition with freshman Dominque Anderson (38-8.25) placing fourth for the women and Caleb Clark (48-8.25) finishing fourth on the men's side. Lattin and Khalil Jones also finished the men's triple jump in seventh and eighth, respectively, while Dominique Lewis placed 10th in the event on the women's side.
Sophomore Daniel Sams placed second in the men's pole vault with a mark of 15-2.25, while Anna Weeks led the way in the women's pole vault competition, finishing in fifth place with a mark of 11-1 (3.38m). In addition to Weeks, Monique Apuakehau also finished in the top 10 in the women's pole vault, placing eighth overall.
In the throwing events, Malek Evans led on the men's side with a mark of 60-8 to place fourth in the weight throw, while Morgan Keesee finished sixth with a throw of 56-3 in the event. LA Tech had two top 10 finishers in the women's shot put with Asia Abron placing fifth (46-4) and Rhea Thompson following in seventh place (45-1.5).
Next weekend, the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters will return to action on Feb. 4, 2018, when the teams travel to compete in the South Alabama Jaguar Invitational in Birmingham in what will mark the final tune-up before the 2018 C-USA Indoor Championships on Feb. 17-18.
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