Feb. 14, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Louisiana Tech hurdler Kim Francis entered this weekend’s action ranked 21st in the nation in the 60m hurdles and came face-to-face with seven other hurdlers ranked in the top 30 in the nation in the finals at the Tyson Invitational. The senior kept with the nation’s best, running 8.32 in the finals and finishing sixth among the nation’s elite.
Francis faced the Nos. 1, 2, 3, 12 and 16 ranked hurdlers in the nation in that race and upended 16th-ranked Morgan Snow of Texas and 27th-ranked Deanna Latham of Wisconsin at the end. The finals race marked the third of three races for the hurdlers after preliminary and semifinal rounds competed earlier in the day.
The hurdles races were LA Tech’s strong suit on the day as Evan Warnick progressed as far as the semifinal round on the men’s side. Warnick opened with an 8.25 time, beating Rhys Phillips by three-thousandths (0.003) of a second and finished 23rd overall after running 8.27 in the semifinals.
The LA Tech men finished 12-13-14 in the 60m dash led by Isaiah Underwood’s 6.79 semifinal time. Underwood edged teammate Dennis Richardson by four-thousandths (0.004) of a second for 12th place while Richardson finished 13th. Jermey Hicks followed in 14th, running 6.80.
Meanwhile in the long jump Mia Adams notched a career best jump by over a foot, finishing sixth with a mark of 19-4 (5.89m). That mark edged Nebraska’s Mollie Gribbin by a half-inch.
Action at the Tyson Invitational resumes Saturday at Noon with the shot put while the running events start at 1 p.m. with the 200m dash.
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