Jordan Patrick Sets School Record at C-USA Championships
May 13, 2016
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - It was a record-setting day for Louisiana Tech decathlete Jordan Patrick. The redshirt freshman set career best marks in all five remaining decathlon events to power his way to a new school record in the decathlon as action wrapped up on the second day of the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Murfreesboro late Friday.
Patrick finished the day in eighth place in the decathlon scoring a school record 6,063 points, giving LA Tech’s men its first points of the meet. The women’s team also got on the board after Aprell Williams registered a fourth place finish in the women’s hammer throw.
Williams surprising finish – she entered the championship meet ranked seventh in the league – scored five points for the Lady Techsters as she set a new career-best hammer throw of 178-8.25 (54.46m). That mark ranks as the third-best throw in school history.
After Williams put the women on the board, Patrick responded. A native of Arkansas’s Bentonville High School, Patrick started the day off strong by running 15.56 in the 110m hurdles, a career-best time by 0.3 seconds. He then followed that with a discus throw of 100-1.5 (30.51m), setting a new personal best mark by over 18 feet.
He continued the streak into the afternoon with personal best marks in the pole vault (11-9.75/3.60m) and javelin throw (121-2.5/36.94m) before erasing five seconds off his best 1,500m time, running 4:50.76 to round out the decathlon’s 10 events.
In other action Friday, Manoah Kiptum ran 31:48.03 to place 11th in the 10,000m run.
Through two days of action Louisiana Tech’s men are in ninth place with one point while FIU is in eight, scoring five points. Rice leads the men’s team standings with 27 points while UTSA is in second with 25. On the women’s side, Louisiana Tech has scored five points and is in 10th place with Florida Atlantic and UAB tied for eight place with six points each. Rice leads the women’s standings with 39 points while Western Kentucky follows with 27 points.
Action at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships continues Saturday with the men’s long jump starting the field events at 3 p.m. while running events begin at 4 p.m. with the women’s 1,500m run.
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