March 16, 2013
RUSTON, La. - It was a banner day for Louisiana Tech track and field athletes past and present as current Bulldog Joshua Cox set a school record in the javelin and former Bulldog Jason Morgan recorded the world's longest discus throw of the year as Tech hosted the Jim Mize Invitational in Ruston Saturday.
Cox, a Ruston native, broke a school record held by another Ruston native, former Bulldog thrower Larry Jones. The new record of 220-8 (67.26m) was set by Cox Saturday as he won the javelin competition, breaking the old school record of 219-4 (66.85m) set by Jones in 2008.
Meanwhile another former Bulldog continued to make his mark on the world stage as Morgan threw 216-4 (65.94m) in the discus, setting a new facility record and marking the best discus throw in the world this season. Morgan, who competed for his native Jamaica in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, bested his own career top mark and the Jim Mize Track & Field Facility record by over 13 feet.
Charla Craddock set a new personal best long jump mark as she jumped 19-11 (6.07m) to win the event. Craddock topped her previous personal record mark of 19-4.75 (5.91m) set at last year's Jim Mize Invitational. She also won the 200m with a time of 23.77 (another personal record).
LA Tech also posted a sweep in the 4x100m relays as Richardson ran the opening leg of the winning 4x100m relay that finished in 39.93, aided by Trey Hadnot, Niko Richey and John Franklin. On the women's side, the quartet of Bianca Jackson, Calishia Mendoza, Marlesia Carey and Danielle Zenon combined to run 47.26 for the win.
The Lady Techsters dominated in the 100m hurdles as Kim Francis ran a dominating 13.53, more than a half-second better than the rest of the field. Teammate Bianca Jackson came in second with a time of 14.09 while Marlesia Carey finished third, running 14.41.
Marcella LeBlanc led the Lady Techster throwers, winning the women's shot put with a throw of 49-1 (14.96m) and finishing fifth in the discus with a throw of 129-8 (39.53m). Teammate Micara Vassell finished third in the shot put with a throw of 49-1 (14.96m).
The Bulldogs were also strong in the middle distance races on the track as Paul Sakit won the 1,500m with a time of 4:00.44 and won the 800m with a time of 1:56.46. Teammate Matt Wolfe ran the 800m in 1:57.22 to finish second behind Sakit.
Another Tech sweep came in the 400m hurdles with Taneka Henderson running 1:02.06 to win the women's race while Yusuf Muhammad's personal record time of 51.67 won the men's hurdles race by more than three seconds.
Louisiana Tech returns to action next weekend with a split squad team given a special invitation to the SEC-Big Ten Challenge hosted by Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. while a group of distance runners will compete at the Victor Lopez Classic in Houston.
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