@LATechTandF Wraps up Jim Mize Invitational with Wins from Start to Finish
March 19, 2016
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech claimed nine event wins spread across the entire day from start to finish as action wrapped up on the final day of the Jim Mize Invitational Saturday in Ruston.
Liza Wall kicked off the day as her hammer throw of 172-1.5 (52.46m) won the first event of the day while the women’s 4x400m relay claimed gold at the end of the day by running 3:52.70.
For Wall, it must have been the coffee as the hammer throw, originally scheduled for Friday evening but postponed due to inclement weather, started at eight o’clock Saturday morning. The result marked the Waverly, Ohio native’s first collegiate win.
But the relay team claimed the top spot for the second consecutive year and rightfully so as LA Tech’s 4x400m relay was the only team in the field to advance to the NCAA East Preliminary Championships last year. The quartet of Daphney Campbell, Destiny Aaron, Brandi Dobbin and Kirsten Johnson ran 3:52.70, beating second-place ULM by 12 seconds.
Sophomore Gregory Ballard also recorded a win for the second consecutive year as his height of 15-7 (4.75m) claimed gold and tied for the ninth-best mark in school history.
Mia Adams was another LA Tech athlete to win in back-to-back years at the Jim Mize Invitational. She jumped 20-7 (6.27m) to finish atop the long jump leaderboard for the second consecutive year.
Louisiana Tech swept the high jumps with Chloe Lautric winning the women’s competition with a height of 5-8.75 (1.75m), a mark that ties for fourth in school history, while Tamario Lattin won the men’s competition with a mark of 6-7.75 (2.03m).
Janiel McDonald also recorded her first (Division I) collegiate win as she ran 14.69 in the 100m hurdles, edging Northwestern State’s Braneisha Payton by 0.07 seconds. Tech claimed a win in the men’s 110m hurdles as Evan Warnick ran 15.24 to claim gold.
Darius Statham also was a top finisher for Louisiana Tech has he ran 47.75 in the 400m.
It wasn’t just current Louisiana Tech athletes that found success Saturday but former athletes as well. Jason Morgan, a Jamaican native that competed in the 2012 Olympics, won the discus with a throw of 207-1 (63.11m) while Jarvis Gotch jumped 25-10.75 (7.89m) to win the long jump.
Louisiana Tech returns to action March 24-26 when the program heads to Arlington, Texas for the Bobby Lane Invitational hosted by UT Arlington.
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