Feb. 21, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Louisiana Tech's Laticia Watson scored 3,005 points and finished 14 points in the pentathlon as action began at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center Thursday.
Watson's 3,005 points ranks fifth in Lady Techster history, below the 3,045 points Ayanna Alexander scored at the 2005 WAC Indoor Championships held in Boise, Idaho. Alexander went on to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London last summer.
The pentathlon is comprised of five events - 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and the 800m run. For each event, points are given based on a standard. Each athlete completes one event at the same time, then there is a 30 minute break until the next event.
Watson opened the competition with a personal best time of 9.21 in the 60m hurdles, topping her previous best time of 9.24 set in Birmingham, Ala. on Jan. 11. She then jumped 4-11.75 (1.52m) in the high jump, threw 28-5.75 (8.68m) in the shot put, jumped 17-7 (5.36m) in the long jump and finished the competition by running 2:57.22 in the 800m run.
New Mexico State's Zoe Meade won the league title with 3,735 points scored and scoring 10 points for the Aggies.
Action at the 2013 WAC Indoor Championships continues on Friday with field events beginning 1:30 p.m. MT/2:30 p.m. CT with Pamela Lee competing in the women's high jump and running events beginning at 4 p.m. MT/5 p.m. MT with Matt Wolfe and Paul Sakit running the mile.