Tom Stringer Wins 3k on First Day of Jim Mize Invitational

March 18, 2016


RUSTON, La. - A false start and then a strong finish highlighted Louisiana Tech’s first day at the Tech-hosted Jim Mize Invitational Friday evening. The meet began with a weather delay and ended with the Bulldogs finishing 1-2-3-4 in the men’s 3,000m.

Stringer overtook teammate Manoah Kiptum in the final 400m of the race and sprinted down the final straightaway to record a final winning time of 8:49.4 while Kiptum finished second with a time of 8:54.4. Brandon Lewis-Graham ran 8:58.2 to finish third while Logan Pearce finished fourth, running 8:59.7.

On the women’s side, Kacie Kaufman was the runner-up as she ran 11:05.8 while Hayley Berg ran 11:40.5 to finish fourth. Northwestern State’s Jacqueline Rushford won the race for the second consecutive year, posting a 2016 winning time of 10:53.9.

Inclement weather in the Ruston area forced the postponement of Friday’s field events, the hammer throw and the pole vault. The hammer throw (women followed by men) will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday while the pole vault (women followed by men) will start at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The rescheduled events will not conflict with Saturday’s original schedule with running events starting at 3 p.m. and all other field events beginning at 11 a.m.

Live results for the meet can be viewed at

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