Tech Men in 2nd After Day 1 of the C-USA Indoor Championships

Feb. 17, 2018

C-USA Championship Central

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Louisiana Tech wrapped up the first day of the 2018 Conference USA Indoor Championships with the men in second place and a total of four already medals collected at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

The Bulldogs closed out the first day of action with 45 points and in second place behind Charlotte's men, who 47.5 points on Saturday. LA Tech also brought home a pair of first place medals, a silver and bronze on the day. Overall, Louisiana Tech had nine top 10 finishes on Saturday.

LA Tech freshman Cole Courtois took home first place in the men's pole vault competition at the indoor championships after shattering the Louisiana Tech school record with a mark of 17-0.25 (5.19m) to pick up 10 points for the Bulldogs.

Senior Tamario Lattin took home the men's long jump title on Saturday with a jump of 24-9 (7.54m), while he also finished third in the men's high jump with a mark of 6-10.25 (2.09m) to earn his second medal of the day. Denzel Harper also took home silver in the long jump after registering a mark of 24-5.75 (7.46m) to add eight points to the Bulldogs' total.

After the first day of competition, LA Tech's Praise Okorie and Jordan Patrick both ranked in the top 10 in the heptathlon with three events still to come on Sunday. Okorie finished the first four events in seventh with 2,459 points, while Patrick finished Saturday tied for ninth with 2,422 points. The two Bulldogs will close out the heptathlon on Sunday morning with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run.

In the men's weight throw, Malek Evans placed fifth in the event with a mark of 62-2.25 (18.95m) to pick up four points. On the women's side, Morgan Keesee placed seventh with a throw of 56-9.5 (17.31m).



LA Tech's Shelby Smith came in fourth in the women's long jump after her jump of 18-10 (5.74m) tacked on five points for the Lady Techsters' team score.

Elia Nero advanced to the finals of the women's 800m run on Saturday after posting a time of 2:12.72 in the preliminaries. Nero will race in the finals at approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon in Birmingham.

Competition on Sunday begins with the remaining heptathlon events at 9 a.m., followed by field events at 11 a.m. Starting at 1 p.m., the finals for the remainder of the running events begin and continue until the awards presentation at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission prices for this weekend's 2018 C-USA Indoor Championships are as follows: a two-day pass is $20 for adults and $10 for youth (12-17); while a single day ticket $15 per day for adults and $6 for youth (12-17). Admission is FREE for children age 11 and under and for students with valid ID cards who attend a C-USA member institution.

Fans can follow along with all the action from the 2018 Conference USA Indoor Championships as live results will be available at A live video stream is also available on CUSA.TV.

For complete coverage of Louisiana Tech Track and Field, please follow @LATechTFXC on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at


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