Ruston Native Larry Jones Wins Discus Title in Hometown-Hosted WAC Championships
May 14, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Ruston native Larry Jones brought home Louisiana Tech's first title at the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships, winning the discus title for the second consecutive year Friday evening. Jones title came as the WAC Championships continued through Day Three at Tech's Jim Mize Track and Field Complex.
At the end of the first day of competition, the women's team was in second place with 38 points and the men's team was in fifth place with 16 points.
Jones' win was the first individual conference title won at this year's meet, the first time Louisiana Tech has hosted the WAC Championships. Jones won the 2010 title with a throw of 181' 11" and is the first athlete since SMU's Hannes Hopley (2003-04) to repeat as discus champion Teammate Shaun Haughton, also feeding off the hometown crowd, finished third with a throw of 167' 6" as both Jones and Haughton claimed first team all-WAC honors.
"It feels good," Jones said after repeating the conference title. "I really enjoyed it. It's just a big blessing. You can't take it for granted because you won it last year."
The Lady Techsters scored 19 points in the long jump alone with Tech jumpers placing 2-3-4. Chelsea Hayes won a silver medal in the long jump with a mark of 20' 3", a personal record and the third-longest jump in school history. Quatisha Williams recorded the fourth-longest jump in school history, placing third and earning a bronze medal with a personal record mark of 20' 2.25" while Tiana Davis' jump of 19' 8.25" set a new personal record.
Meanwhile on the track, the Lady Techsters dominated the 100m dash prelims Friday, sending six athletes to Saturday's eight-athlete finals race with five of the six times setting personal records for the individual athletes. Freshman Quanisha Sales ran the second-fastest time in school history with a mark of 11.39, a mark that also ranks 20th in the nation, to lead the field and win her heat.
Antoinette Cobb won her heat and ran the second-fastest time in the field with a personal record time of 11.55 while Chasidee Lewis-Baker ran 11.63 to win her heat. Chelsea Hayes a personal best time of 11.70, Rakeisha Green ran a personal best time of 11.74 and Nancy Shelton ran a personal best time of 11.80 to finish 4-5-6, respectively, as all three advanced to Saturday's finals.
"It was a clean race," Cobb said following the prelims. "I was pretty happy with the time overall. I'm trying to get myself ready to compete here. We've been practicing well so I'm just trying to qualify for all the finals I can."
Cobb enters Saturday's finals in three events, having won her heats in the 100m hurdles, 100m dash and 200m dash. Cobb will be challenging for a "triple crown" Saturday, hoping to win a conference title in all three events.
"I'm always ready to compete, especially this being my last conference meet," said Cobb. "I just want to go out on top."
In the women's 100m hurdles, Antoinette Cobb ran the third-fastest time in school history to advance to Saturday's finals in the hurdles. Cobb dominated the first heat of the prelims and joins teammate Tiana Davis in the finals as Davis ran 13.68 to finish second in the second heat.
Micarra Vassell earned all-WAC first team honors with her third-place throw in the shot put, recording a mark of 49' 2.25". Teammate Tierah Hall followed with a fourth-place finish, throwing 46' 0" to garner all-WAC second team honors.
On the men's side, Kevin Stewart ran a personal record time of 10.45 in the men's 100m prelims as Stewart leads a group of three sprinters to advance to the finals. Terry Carter ran a personal record time of 10.53 and Mike Coleman ran 10.63 to also advance to the finals.
Tech dominated the men's 200m as the host school advanced four runners to Saturday's finals with Albert Fullwood leading the way for the Blue and Red. Fullwood, who won the 200m indoor title this year, ran 21.08 to run the fastest time in the prelims. He was followed by Stewart, who ran 21.34 to finish second overall. Terry Carter ran 21.60 to finish fourth overall while Josh Goree's time of 21.74 also advanced him to Saturday's finals.
In the men's 800m run, Tech advanced two runners to Saturday's finals as Alwayne Green finished fifth overall with a personal record time of 1:51.76, topping his old personal record by over a full second. Jermaine Morris also ran a personal record time in the 800m, finishing seventh and moving on to the finals with a time of 1:52.97.
During the men's 10,000m run, lightning struck within a three mile radius of the Jim Mize Track and Field Complex, forcing meet officials to halt the race early and forcing a delay in the competition with one event to be run on Friday. The women's 10,000m run is expected to be run late Friday night.
The final day of action at the 2010 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships kicks off on Saturday, May 15 at 12:30 p.m. CT with the men's pole vault and the women's hammer throw. Running events will begin at 5 p.m. CT starting with the men's 400m finals. The WAC will crown 28 champions in Saturday's final day.
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