LA Tech T&F Records Multiple Top Marks at ULM Warhawk Classic

April 14, 2018

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MONROE, La. - Louisiana Tech's track and field squads combined for 11 first-place finishes and set three school records on Saturday when the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters made the short trip to Monroe to compete in the ULM Warhawk Classic at Groseclose Track.

LA Tech's Kacie Kaufman set yet another school record on Saturday in Monroe after she posted a time of 10:34.70 to win the women's 3,000m run, topping the previous record of 10:38.60 set by Heather Culpepper in 1990. The men's 3,000m run also saw a first place finish for the Bulldogs after Conner Killian won the event with a time of 8:52.75, while Austin Ballow placed second with a time of 8:53.50 followed by John Barham (9:07.72) in fifth.

The Lady Techsters also brought home first place in the 4x400m relay after Elia Nero, Destiny Aaron, Sharone Johnson and Taylor Shaw combined to post a time of 3:57.13 in the race.

Makayla Edwards recorded a second-place finish in the women's 200m dash after posting a time of 24.80 (2.2) in the race, while Shelby Smith (26.00) and Morgan White (26.02) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the same event. Smith also finished the women's 100m dash with a time of 12.41 (-2.1) to place seventh in the race, while Morgan White finished just outside the top 10 in 13th place with a time of 12.66 (-2.1).

In the men's 100m dash, Ed'jim Beaver placed 10th in the race with a time of 11.09 (-1.0), while Denzel Harper came in ninth in the 200m dash on the men's side after posting a time of 22.86 (0.5).

LA Tech's Lanorris Graden brought home first place in the men's 400m hurdles after he posted a time of 53.68 to win the event. In the women's 400m dash, Edwards posted her second top 10 finish on the weekend after placing 10th with her time of 59.06, while the women's 800m run saw LA Tech's Quinci Middlebrooks finish in fifth place after she posted a time of 2:28.34. LA Tech had two top five finishers in the men's 800m run, led by Cameron Farris (1:56.23) in second place, followed by Drake Heinz (1:57.77) in fourth.

Mason Youberg placed seventh in the men's 1,500m run after posting a time of 4:16.94, while Nathan Bolner came in ninth with his final time of 4:17.77 in the event.

In the women's field events, the Lady Techsters took home first place in the pole vault after Monique Apuakehau set a Louisiana Tech record after she registered a winning mark of 12-0 (3.66m). Gregory Ballard also won the men's pole vault after he posted a mark of 15-7 (4.75m), while Daniel Sams finished second in the event with his mark of 14-1.25 (4.30m).

Melody Korie won the women's long jump after she posted a jump of 18-10.75 (5.76m), while Morgan White finished eighth with a mark of 16-9.25 (5.11m). LA Tech also took home first in the women's triple jump after freshman Dominque Anderson won the event with a jump of 37-10 (11.53m). In the men's triple jump, Jelaani Davis came in third after registering a jump of 48-10 (14.88m), while Khalil Jones finished fifth with a jump of 48-4.5 (14.74m).

The Lady Techsters had two top five finishers in the women's shot put, including Rhea Thompson who won the event after registering a mark of 45-7.25 (13.90m), while Asia Abron placed third with a throw of 43-11.25 (13.39m). Thompson also placed third in the discus with a throw of 148-7 (45.30m). Rheagan White also competed for the Lady Techsters in the discus and placed 10th with a mark of 120-0 (36.59m).

Malek Evans broke a Louisiana Tech record in the men's hammer throw after he finished fourth on Friday with a throw of 193-0 (58.84m), breaking the previous record of 186-3. The women's hammer throw saw LA Tech senior Morgan Keesee place first after she recorded a throw of 169-3 (51.59m), while Anyi Garcia-Solis finished fifth with a mark of 146-10 (44.76m).

In the javelin throw, LA Tech freshman Annabelle Yates won the women's event with a toss of 130-1 (39.65m), while Rheagan White (102-7) and Maggie Herrmann (99-6) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Additionally, LA Tech freshman Sydney Anderson placed fourth in the women's high jump after recording a jump of 5-3 (1.60m), while former Lady Techster Chloe Lautric competed in the event unattached and won the event after she posted a jump of 5-7 (1.70m).

Next week, Louisiana Tech will travel to the southern half of the state as the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters compete in the LSU Alumni Gold on Saturday, April 21 in Baton Rouge.

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