May 13, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's Jesseka Jones had to stay within 2.5 seconds of Idaho's Lindsay Goodman entering the 800m, who was challenging Jones for second place in the heptathlon. In the end, Jones beat Goodman by eight-tenths of a second and finished second overall, setting a school record, as the second day of the WAC Championships came to a close at Tech's Jim Mize Track and Field Championships.
Jones, a New Orleans, La. native, scored 4,969 points breaking the old school record of 4,877 set by Amber Metoyer in 2005.
Jones took the lead in the final 200m of the race and held on, giving Louisiana Tech eight team points as the first full event scored in the team standings concluded. LA Tech stands in second place with eight points while Idaho leads with 19 points. Hawaii is in third place with five points while Nevada is fourth, scoring four points.
"That was my plan the whole time," Jones said. "My coach was saying to stay calm and get her (Lindsay Goodman, Idaho) in the last 100m, but that would have made it a strength race because the 100m is pretty tough. I know that I can make it a speed race if I get in front of her at the 200m. Since I'm faster than anyone out here I made her run my race instead of hers."
Jones second place finish put Louisiana Tech in second place at the end of two days.
"It's like I'm setting the stepping stone," she explained. "The team gets hype from the first performance. If the first performance is wishy-washy, then everybody gets out of their comfort zone because we are at home. I'm glad that I set the pace."
Opening up the second day of competition in the heptathlon, Jones jumped 16' 4.5" in the long jump, finishing 10th in the long jump and holding on to second place overall in the heptathlon with a 21 point lead over Nevada's April Pate. Jones followed that with a fifth-place finish in the javelin, throwing 104' 2" and holding on to second place by 34 points. With such a slim lead, Jones needed to stay within 2.5 seconds of Goodman's time to hold on to second place.
In the men's decathlon competition, Boise State's Kurt Felix won the decathlon with 7,412 points, a mark that now ranks him 14th in the nation. Boise State and Fresno State are tied for the men's overall lead with 10 points while Utah State is a close third with nine points.
The main throwing events and prelims of the running events take place on Friday with throwing events starting at 12:30 p.m. and running events beginning at 3 p.m. Live event results can be found at LATechSports.com.
The Louisiana Tech women's team is looking to win their sixth consecutive outdoor title while the men's team has its best chance in years of winning its first WAC title.
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