March 25, 2012
HOUSTON - Micara Vassell won two throwing events to score 20 of Louisiana Tech's 40 points as the Lady Techsters finished sixth and the men's team finished 12th at the Victor Lopez Classic hosted by Rice in Houston.
The women's team scored 40 points without the help of four-time All-American Chelsea Hayes competing in any individual events, placing sixth out of 20 teams - one point better than Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The men's team, also not fielding its full team potential, placed 12th out of 22 teams and scored 15 points to beat out future WAC foe UTSA by two points.
Vassell's two winning marks were both personal record throws and both rank in the top 16 in the NCAA East performance charts. She won the discus late Friday with a throw of 161-1 (49.50m) that ranks 15th in the NCAA East performance list. She followed that late Saturday with a winning throw of 50-0.75 (15.26m) in the shot put, ranking 16th in the NCAA East performance list. Both marks currently rank second in the Western Athletic Conference this year.
Kim Francis ran 13.94 in the 100m hurdles to finish third and scored six points. While not her best mark of the year, it is still better than any other WAC hurdler. She also ran the opening leg of the 4x100m relay that finished second with a time of 44.89, a mark that ranks seventh in the NCAA East performance list. Francis led off the quartet that consisted of Hayes, Stacia Hanneman and Victoria Wade. Francis also finished 12th in the 100m dash with a time of 12.20.
Hanneman was impressive in the 200m dash where she finished fifth with a time of 24.53. That time ranks second in the WAC this year. She also ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay that finished fourth with a time of 3:46.94, a WAC-leading time from a relay that included Aldresha Bailey, Hayes and Reyna Anderson.
On the men's side, Alwayne Green came within a second of a personal record time in the 800m as he finished sixth with a time of 1:52.18.
Joshua Cox, a Ruston native and last week's WAC Field Athlete of the Week, placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 189-4 (57.70m).
Louisiana Tech returns to action on March 28-31 as qualified athletes will compete in the prestigious Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.
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