LA Tech Closes Out Action at C-USA Outdoor Championships

May 13, 2018

Final Stats

HOUSTON - Louisiana Tech Track & Field closed out the 2018 Conference USA Outdoor Championships on Sunday evening with the men finishing in ninth place, while the Lady Techsters ended in 12th place at the four-day event held at Wendel D. Ley Track in Houston.

Louisiana Tech student-athletes brought home a trio of medals and made a dent in the record books at this week’s C-USA Championships in a variety of events.

True freshman Cole Courtois experienced déjà vu on Saturday night after he won the men’s pole vault competition and set a new Louisiana Tech school record with a mark of 17-7.25 (5.37m) to earn 10 team points, just like he did at the 2018 C-USA Indoor Championships in February. Daniel Sams also finished sixth in the pole vault with a mark of 15-9.75 (4.82m) to earn three points, while Gregory Ballard (15-3.75; 4.67m) tied for seventh in the event to earn 1.5 points.

Denzel Harper also medaled at this week’s championship meet after he placed second in the men’s long jump to earn eight team points for the Bulldogs with a jump of 25-10.75 (7.89m), which ranks sixth in school history. On the women’s side, Melody Korie recorded a top 10 finish in the long jump after she placed fourth to earn five team points with a jump of 19-11.5 (6.08m).

LA Tech added another medal on the weekend in the women’s 800m run after Elia Nero took home bronze with a time of 2:10.08, which ranks in the top 10 in school history, to earn six points for the Lady Techsters.



The Bulldogs had a pair of top 10 finishers in the triple jump, led by Jelaani Davis, who placed fifth and earned four points with a jump of 50-1.75 (15.28m), while Khalil Jones placed eighth and earned one point with his jump of 48-6.25 (14.79m).

LA Tech’s Malek Evans challenged his own school record in the men’s hammer after he placed fifth in the competition and earned four team points with a throw of 189-11 (57.90m), which ranks second in school history.

The week began with the decathlon on Thursday and Friday which saw LA Tech’s Jordan Patrick finish seventh to earn two team points with his point total of 6,434, which ranks second in school history. Praise Okorie also competed in the decathlon and placed 10th with 5,982 points, which ranks fifth in the LA Tech record books.

Isaac Samuels earned five team points for the Bulldogs after he placed fourth in the men’s discus with a throw of 165-9 (50.53m), while Rhea Thompson finished fifth and earned four points for the Lady Techsters in the women’s discus with a mark of 162-6 (49.53m), which ranks ninth in school history.

Ethan Reed tacked on two more team points for the Bulldogs in the men’s shot put event after he notched a mark of 52-6.5 (16.01m) to place seventh in the competition.

The men’s javelin competition saw LA Tech’s Tyler Griggers earn three team points for the Bulldogs after he placed sixth with a throw of 191-8 (58.41m).

Shelby Smith, Morgan White, Makayla Edwards and Taylor Shaw teamed up in the women’s 4x100m relay as LA Tech placed fourth in the race to earn five team points for the Lady Techsters with a time of 45.72 in the competition. Edwards also earned three addition points for the Techsters after placing sixth in the 200m dash with a time of 24.17.

In the final event of the 2018 C-USA Outdoor Championships, LA Tech’s team of Edwards, Nero, Sharone Johnson and Shaw combined to place fourth in the women’s 4x400m relay with a time of 3:44.53 to earn five team points for the Lady Techsters.

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