March 30, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Louisiana Tech junior Dennis Richardson qualified for two finals races as action continued at the 86th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Meyers Stadium in Austin late Friday.
Richardson ran 10.41 in the 100m dash, placing eighth overall and advancing to Saturday’s finals. Only the top nine marks advance to the finals round from the prelims races. Niko Richey also ran the 100m dash, placing 37th with a time of 10.64 while Kameron Sheffield finished 56th with a time of 10.93.
A native of Pride, La., Richardson also led the men’s 4x100m relay team to a 40.74 time and eighth-place finish in the prelims, advancing Tech to Saturday’s finals. Of the nine teams to make the finals in the relay, only Louisiana Tech, Jackson State and Houston come from non-AQ or non-power conferences. Tech will face those two schools, along with Texas A&M, Florida, Baylor, TCU, LSU and Tennessee in the relay finals.
On the women’s side, Kim Francis ran the 10th-fastest 100m hurdles time in school history as she finished eighth in the prelims with a time of 13.39. Francis also led the 4x100m relay team as they finished 27th with a time of 46.81. Joining Francis on the relay were Victoria Wade, Charla Craddock and Brittany Walker.
In the shot put, Marcella LeBlanc threw 44-5.25 (13.54m) to finish ninth overall.
The Texas Relays conclude Saturday in Austin.
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