LA Tech T&F Completes Final Tune-Up Before C-USA Championships
Feb. 4, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - In the final competition before the 2018 Conference USA Indoor Championships, Louisiana Tech Track & Field had a nice showing at Sunday's Jaguar Invitational, which was hosted by South Alabama at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Bulldogs and Lady Techsters brought home four first place finishes, while the two squads racked up 17 top five finishes and had 32 place inside the top 10 over the course of the one-day event.
Louisiana Tech's women took home the top two spots in the long jump with Janiel McDonald earning a first place mark of 18-7.25 (5.67m) in the event. McDonald was followed by Melody Korie, who placed second with her mark of 18-7.25 (5.67m), while Kourtni Goldsmith also competed in the event and finished in eighth with a jump of 18-1 (5.51m).
The men's long jump featured two Bulldogs in the top two spots after Denzel Harper won the event with a jump of 24-2.5 (7.38m), while he was followed by Tamario Lattin in second place with a mark of 24-1 (7.34m). Lattin also placed second in the men's high jump with a mark of 6-9 (2.06m). LA Tech's Jordan Patrick finished in ninth place in the high jump with a mark of 5-11.25 (1.81m).
LA Tech's Caleb Clark won the men's triple jump with a mark of 46-2.75 (14.09m), while Harper finished the event in second place with a jump of 45-2.5 (13.78m).
LA Tech had two top 10 finishers in the women's high jump with Chloe Lautric placing seventh with a mark of 5-4.50 (1.64m), while she was followed by Sydney Anderson, who tied for eighth place. The women's triple jump event saw LA Tech freshman Dominque Anderson place seventh with a mark of 37-5 (11.40m).
The men's weight throw competition saw LA Tech's Malek Evans finish in first place with a mark of 61-8 (18.81m). Rhea Thompson led LA Tech in the women's shot put with a throw of 44-11 (13.69m) to finish in fourth place, while Asia Abron placed sixth with a mark of 43-2.25 (13.16m). In the women's weight throw, Morgan Keesee finished in fourth place with a throw of 57-3 (17.46m).
LA Tech had two women finish in the top 10 in the 200m dash after Sharone Johnson and Brandi Dobbin finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 24.78 and 24.94, while the women's 60m dash finals featured LA Tech freshman Shelby Smith, who ended the event in fourth place with a time of 7.62.
Darius Statham finished in the top 10 in the men's 400m dash with a time of 49.73 to place eighth in the event. LA Tech's Cameron Farris also competed in the 400m dash and finished in the top 25 with a time of 52.12. On the women's side, Dobbin placed third in the 400m dash with a time of 56.17, while Taylor Shaw finished in sixth with a time of 56.66.
Freshman Anna Weeks finished fourth in the women's pole vault with a mark of 11-11.75 (3.65m) for the Lady Techsters, while she also set a new Louisiana Tech record in the event. Monique Apuakehau also contributed after finishing seventh in the pole vault with a mark of 10-11.75 (3.35m). On the men's side, freshman Cole Courtois tied a Louisiana Tech school record with a mark of 16-1.75 (4.92m) in the pole vault to finish fourth in the event.
In the women's 4x400m relay, Louisiana Tech impressed after finishing second in the event with a final time of 3:49.51 to place behind only Texas State.
In two weeks, Louisiana Tech returns to action on Feb. 17-18 when the teams travel to compete in the 2018 Conference USA Indoor Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.
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