Hicks Ties C-USA Championship Record in 60m Prelims
Feb. 24, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Louisiana Tech sprinter Jermey Hicks tied a Conference USA championship meet record and shattered a school record in the 60m dash prelims on the first day of action at the C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the CrossPlex in Birmingham.
Hicks ran 6.64 in the 60m dash prelims to tie the league championship mark set by East Carolina's Julien Dunkley in 2003 while at the same time setting a new school and facility record. The New Orleans native enters the finals as the top-ranked sprinter. Teammate Jarvis Gotch ran 6.69, a mark that now ties for third in school history, finished second in the prelims while Devin Henderson, who entered the week ranked 15th in the league, finished eighth to claim the last spot in the finals by running a career-best 6.88.
A resdhirt sophomore, Hicks also advanced to Thursday's finals in the 200m with a prelims time of 21.50 to finish seventh and secure the second-to-last spot in the finals.
Overall, Louisiana Tech's men enters the final day of competition in fourth place with 30 points, hot on the heels of Middle Tennessee's 33.5 points. UTSA leads the men's team standings with 49 points while North Texas is second with 36 points.
On the women's side, LA Tech is in sixth place with 18 points with Rice in fifth place, scoring 20 points and fourth-place WKU (21 points). Middle Tennessee leads the women's team scoring with 38 points with UTEP in second, scoring 32 points.
That placing was buoyed by a 2-3 finish in the long jump as Mia Adams jumped 19-10.75 (6.06m) to claim silver while Denisha Henix, who was ranked seventh entering the meet, took home bronze with a mark of 19-8 (5.99m).
Adams would finish one-hundredth of a second shy of making the finals in the 60m dash after running 7.59 to finish ninth and then finished 10th in the 200m with a time of 24.64.
LA Tech would also claim silver the men's long jump as Jarrett Samuels was the runner-up with a mark of 23-7.25 (7.19m) while Jarvis Gotch, who entered the week atop the league's performance list, jumped 23-4.5 (7.12m) to finish fourth.
Tamario Lattin set a new personal best mark in the high jump with a mark of 6-9 (2.06m). A redshirt sophomore, Lattin finished fifth to score four points for the Bulldogs after entering the week tied for 10th in the league.
Aaron Orduno would also make a big mark in the weight throw as he finished third, throwing 58-10.25 (17.94m). That mark ranks 10th in school history and is a career-best in the redshirt senior's final collegiate meet.
Tramaine Maloney ran an impressive 7.88 in the 60m hurdles to register a new career-best time and a mark that would tie for second-best in school history to advance to Thursday's finals. LA Tech would also place a women's hurdler in Thursday's finals as Bianca Jackson claimed the last spot as she finished eighth in the prelims, running 8.53.
In the men's pole vault, Greg Ballard finished fourth with a height of 15-7 (4.75m), setting a new personal best height and recording the second-best mark in school history.
Liza Wall added four more points by finishing fifth in the weight throw with a mark of 57-4.75 (17.49m). Laticia Watson set a new school record by scoring 3,344 points in the pentathlon, besting her previous school record mark of 3,340 points scored at last year's C-USA championship meet. Watson finished ninth, just missing out on scoring points.
The day came to a close with the men's distance medley relay posting a new season-best time of 10:25.99 as the quartet of Tom Stringer, Jared Shepherd, Drakarius Smith and Drake Heinz entered the meet with a previous season-best time of 10:57.03.
The final day of action at the C-USA Championships gets underway Thursday with field events beginning at 11 a.m. and running events starting at 2 p.m.
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