Kim Francis Sets School Hurdles Record on Day Two of WAC Championships
Feb. 22, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Kim Francis ran 8.26 to set a new school record in the 60m hurdles and Marlesia Carey claimed Louisiana Tech’s first gold medal of the week as action continued Friday at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Francis time of 8.26 topped the old school record of 8.28 set by Antoinette Cobb at the 2010 WAC Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho as Francis led all hurdlers in the prelim round. Also advancing to Saturday’s finals in the hurdles are Bianca Jackson (8.56) and Carey (8.68).
Carey jumped 19-2.75 (5.86m) to claim first place and a gold medal in the women’s long jump, scoring Tech’s first 10 points of the meet. Charla Craddock finished third with a jump of 18-7.75 (5.68m) as both jumpers claimed first team All-WAC honors in the event.
Micara Vassell threw a personal best mark of 57-3.5 (17.46m) in the weight throw – the second-best throw in school history – as she finished fifth to claim second team All-WAC honors. Marcella LeBlanc scored in the event as well, placing seventh with a personal record mark of 56-7.25 (17.25m).
On the men’s side, several runners advanced through the preliminary rounds to get to Saturdays finals, led by Trey Hadnot running 20.83 in the 200m dash. Hadnot’s time in second in school history and only behind his 20.81 time that he ran two weeks ago at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. The Ruston, La. native led all sprinters in the 200m prelims with Niko Richey finishing third with a time of 21.20. Dennis Richardson barely advanced to the finals, claiming the last spot with an eighth-place finishing time of 21.49 and topping UT Arlington’s Quentin Butler by one-thousandth (0.001) of a second.
The men’s team fell just short of scoring in the long jump as Deven Henderson finished ninth with a mark of 22-7.25 (6.89m) while Anthony Bushay placed 15th, jumping 21-2.75 (6.47m).
Green also posted an 800m prelims time of 1:55.08 to finish seventh and claim a spot in Saturday’s finals.
The men’s team ended the day in seventh place with the two points scored in the distance medley relay while the women’s team was in fourth place with a total of 22 points. A pair of WAC newcomers led the way as UT Arlington ended the day with the lead in the men’s team standings while Texas State jumped ahead of UTSA for first place on the women’s side.
Action at the 2013 WAC Indoor Championships concludes Saturday with field events beginning at 11 a.m. MT/noon CT and running events starting at 1 p.m. MT/2 p.m. CT.
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