LA Tech Women Claim Gold in 4x400m Relay at Vanderbilt
Jan. 31, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Louisiana Tech’s women’s 4x400m relay claimed gold and Jarvis Gotch was the top collegian in the 60m dash with the fourth-fastest time in school history as action wrapped up at the Vanderbilt Invitational late Saturday.
The women’s 4x400m relay beat Georgia Tech by over a second with a winning time of 3:44.62 as the Lady Techsters claimed gold. The relay squad of Kirsten Johnson, Mia Adams, Destiny Aaron and Brandi Dobbin also beat third-place Western Kentucky by over a second while Middle Tennessee came in fourth.
Meanwhile Gotch proved he excels at more than just the long jump as he ran 6.70 in the finals to finish as the top collegian and second overall. His mark, which ranks tied for fourth in school history and tied for 18th nationally this season, beat out Jermey Hicks’ time of 6.72 for silver while Diondre Batson ran 6.61 for gold. Batson, a professional sprinter, is sponsored by adidas, the official apparel supplier for Louisiana Tech beginning July 1. Hicks’ 6.72 time ranks seventh in school history.
In the 60m hurdles Tramaine Maloney placed fourth as he ran a career-best time of 7.91, a time that ranks fourth in school history and is tied for 34th in the nation this year.
Denisha Henix jumped 40-2.75 (12.26m) in the triple jump to finish fourth while on the men’s side Devin Henderson finished fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 47-7.75 (14.52m) and Craig Jones jumped 45-1.75 (13.76m) to place eighth.
In the women’s 3,000m, Haley Berg ran the sixth-fastest time in school history with a time of 10:55.32 to finish 34th.
Aaron Orduno threw the shot put 50-2.25 (15.29m) to finish seventh.
Louisiana Tech returns to action on Feb. 12-13 when Tech heads to Birmingham, Alabama for the Samford Invitational.
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