LA Tech Track & Field Ends Indoor Season at C-USA Championships
Feb. 19, 2017
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Louisiana Tech closed out the indoor portion of its season Sunday as the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters wrapped up the 2017 Conference USA Indoor Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.
Louisiana Tech ended the weekend in seventh place on the men’s side with 41 points, while the women finished in 13th in the competition.
“Our athletes competed hard, but it was far short of what we hoped for on the women’s side,” head coach Gary Stanley said. “Breaking the school records on the men’s side is great, but we know we have some work to do moving forward. Kudos to Tamario [Lattin] and Jermey Hicks on their weekends, but now we move on to the outdoor season.”
Jermey Hicks brought home the first medal of the day for Louisiana Tech in the running events in the men’s 60-meter dash finals on Sunday afternoon after the junior came in third place with a time of 6.78 to earn bronze. Not even an hour later, Hicks competed in the 200-meter finals and place seventh with a time of 21.63.
To begin the day of competition, Jordan Patrick wrapped up the heptathlon event by competing in the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run to finish the championships in sixth place with 4,775 points over the course of two days of action.
In the men’s triple jump, LA Tech’s Tamario Lattin finished in the top 10 with a mark of 48-05.25 (14.76m) to place seventh in the event, while Craig Jones also competed in the triple jump and finished in 11th place overall with a mark of 44-11.75 (13.71m).
Isaac Samuels finished just inside the top 10 in the men’s shot put competition by a mark of 50—7.50 (15.43m) to place ninth on the final day of the indoor championships.
On the women’s side, freshman Alies Van Berkum recorded a top 10 finish as well after finishing seventh in the women’s pole vault with a mark of 11-08.00 (3.56m) in the event.
In the men’s 3,000-meter run, Austin Ballow and Manoah Kiptum both recorded top 20 finishes with Ballow placing ahead of Kiptum in 17th place with a time of 8:38.20, while Kiptum posted a time of 8:38.31 to finish 18th overall.
Louisiana Tech begins the outdoor season March 17-18 when it hosts the annual Jim Mize Invitational in Ruston.
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