Adams, Craddock Claim Titles at Conference USA Championships

Mia Adams
Feb. 26, 2015

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mia Adams claimed Louisiana Tech's sixth consecutive indoor long jump conference title and Charla Craddock won gold in the 200m in the condensed one day Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the CrossPlex Arena in Birmingham.

Adams mark of 20-1 (6.12m) set a facility record and clinched gold for Louisiana Tech in the event for the sixth consecutive year. The streak began when Tiana Davis won gold at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in 2010 and has seen five different Lady Techsters win gold. Only Chelsea Hayes (2011-2012) won multiple golds.

Charla Craddock extended that streak last year as she became the first Louisiana Tech student-athlete to win a Conference USA Championship but after Adams won the long jump, she turned to another event for gold. Craddock ran 23.71 - the fastest time posted by any C-USA sprinter since LA Tech joined the league - to claim gold in the 200m. A

dams and Craddock - claiming first team all-conference honors by winning their events - also received second team all-conference honors as the pair made up half of Tech's second-place 4x400m relay team that ran 3:41.51. The team, which also consisted of Diamond Every and Cassie Divin, recorded the 10th-fastest time in school history.

Overall Louisiana Tech finished fifth as a team scoring 54 points, edging Charlotte's 51.5 points. North Texas barely eclipsed the Lady Techsters with 56.5 points. UTEP won the women's team championship with 122 points.

The meet - originally scheduled for two days spanning Wednesday and Thursday - was condensed to a one-day schedule for Thursday as the threat of inclement weather shut down public facilities in Birmingham after the winter storm cell dropped four inches of snow on Louisiana Tech's Ruston campus.

But the one-day meet did not result in hampered performances as two school records were set and another two entered the school's top-10 lists.

Laticia Watson improved upon her own school record in the pentathlon, scoring a new program-best 3,340 points as she finished eighth. Meanwhile Chloe Lautric tied a school record in the high jump with a mark of 5-8.5 (1.74m) to finish third. Pamela Lee placed eighth in the high jump with a height of 5-6.5 (1.69m).

Adams and Craddock were busy outside of winning gold and silver medals Thursday. Adams also finished seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 39-7.25 (12.07m) and placed 12th in the 200m with a time of 24.48 while Craddock placed sixth in the 600m with a time of 7.47 and 11th in the long jump with a mark of 18-10 (5.74m).

Also in the long jump, Danielle Zenon (19-5.25, 5.92m) finished sixth while Denisha Henix placed eighth with a jump of 19-0.75 (5.81m).

Bianca Jackson finished fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.53 while Marlesia Carey ran 8.64 to finish seventh. Carey also finished 14th in the long jump with a mark of 18-7.25 (5.67m).

Victoria Wade ran 24.34 in the 200m to place eighth while Brittany Walker finished seventh in the 60m with a time of 7.54.

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