March 18, 2012
LAFAYETTE, La. - Kim Francis posted two top-five finishes as Louisiana Tech opened the 2012 outdoor track and field season at the Louisiana Classics meet in Lafayette.
In all, the men’s and women’s team claimed 11 top-five finishes at the meet.
Francis won the 100m dash with a time of 11.81, barely beating teammate Kimberly Smith who ran 11.82. Francis also placed second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.47 where she was only bested by Mississippi State’s Keisha Wallace who set a facility record with a time of 13.22.
Micara Vassell also claimed a second place finish, throwing 46-6 (14.17m) in the shot put while Marcella LeBlanc finished fourth with a throw of 45-35 (13.80m). LeBlanc also finished 21st in the discus with a throw of 122-9 (37.41m) while her younger sister, Jasmine, threw 142-5 (43.42m) to finish seventh.
Reyna Anderson finished fifth in the 400m with a time of 56.70 while also running the second leg of the 4x400m relay team – along with Aldresha Bailey, Taneka Henderson and Dominique Crosby – that finished second with a time of 3:47.41. The women’s “B” relay team followed that with a third place finish as the quartet of Diamond Every, Stacia Hanneman, Chelsea Hayes and Smith ran 3:49.01.
Joshua Cox made his first appearance for Tech as he finished third in the javelin with a throw of 213-9 (65.16m).
Louisiana Tech returns to action next weekend as the team heads to Houston for the Victor Lopez Classic hosted by Rice on March 23-24.
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