Louisiana Tech Claims Two Wins on First Day of Jim Mize Invitational

March 20, 2015

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RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech opened up the Jim Mize Invitational Friday evening in strong fashion as Tech claimed wins in the men's pole vault and men's hammer events on the first day of action at the Louisiana Tech-hosted meet.

Freshman Gregory Ballard clinched the first win of the day with a pole vault height of 14-7.25 (4.45m), topping UL-Monroe's Josh Huddleston by an inch.

Senior Aaron Orduno, who set the facility record in the men's hammer throw at last year's Jim Mize Invitational, won the event for the second consecutive year. His throw of 168-7 (51.39m) beat UL-Monroe's Alton Clay by over five feet.

In the women's hammer throw, Morgan Keesee finished fourth with a throw of 149-10 (45.67m) while Liza Wall threw 145-0 (44.20m) to finish fifth. Aprell Williams followed in sixth with a mark of 144-5 (44.02m) while SaBrittany Angelle finished sixth with a throw of 144-4 (44.00m).

Action at the Jim Mize Invitational, held at the Jim Mize Track and Field Complex on the campus of Louisiana Tech University, resumes Saturday at 11:15 a.m. for field events with running events beginning at 3 p.m.

For complete coverage of Tech Track and Field and Cross Country, please follow @LATechTandF on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.




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