@LATechTandF Dominates in Rainy Final Day of Jim Mize Invitational

March 21, 2015

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RUSTON, La. - Chilly temperatures and constant rain couldn't stop Louisiana Tech from dominating on the track Saturday as LA Tech swept the sprints at the Jim Mize Invitational held at the Jim Mize Track & Field Complex on the Louisiana Tech University campus.

The Bulldogs and the Lady Techsters won the 100m, 200m and 400m dashes on the final day of action. In the dual-scored meet, Louisiana Tech's men's team went 4-0 with wins over Alcorn State (99-42), Northwestern State (93-57), UALR (92-35) and ULM (83-67) while the women's team went 3-0-1 with wins over Alcorn State (107-23), UALR (108-28) and ULM (82.5-54.5) while tying Northwestern State, 74-74.

Despite the inclement weather, most of the meet was able to be held as scheduled with only the men's and women's high jump and the men's and women's 4x400m relays getting cancelled due to weather and track conditions.

Bianca Jackson was impressive on the track as she recorded a pair of titles, winning the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.00 and running the opening leg of the 4x100m relay that won with a time of 46.32. Jackson was joined by Aminah Blount, Victoria Wade and Calishia Mendoza on the winning relay. Sweeping the hurdles on the women's side, LA Tech's Kirsten Johnson won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:04.71.

Similar to the Conference USA Indoor Championships, Mia Adams won in the long jump with a mark of 19-2.75 (5.86m) and won the 100m dash with a time of 12.22 while also running the third leg of the other 4x100m relay team that finished second with a time of 46.39. That relay was opened by LaQuanda James who won the 200m with a time of 25.72, edging teammate Aminah Blount's time of 25.73.

On the men's side, Joshua Cox opened his senior year in strong fashion as his throw of 199-2 (60.70m) won the event. Aaron Orduno, who won the hammer throw on Friday, claimed another victory Saturday with a shot put throw of 46-11.75 (14.32m).

On the track, the Bulldogs claimed wins with Jermey Hicks' 10.77 time in the 100m, Darius Statham running 22.36 in the 200m and Jaquvis Hart's 48.94 time in the 400m, a winning time by almost two seconds.

Additionally, LA Tech finished 1-2-3 in the 1,500m run as Tom Stringer won with a time of 4:07.73, Tor Gach ran 4:08.51 to finish second and Anthony Plourde placed third, running 4:10.14.

Louisiana Tech returns to action on March 26-28 with a trip to Austin, Texas for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

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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