LADY TECHSTERS WIN SIXTH CONSECUTIVE WAC TITLE
May 15, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's women's track and field team won its sixth consecutive WAC Track and Field title Saturday, scoring a program record 194 points. The Lady Techsters dominated in the sprints and relays to continue one of the most dominant streaks in the history of the Western Athletic Conference.
Several dominant performances by Tech athletes were on display Saturday at Louisiana Tech's Jim Mize Track and Field Complex. Freshman Quanisha Sales, who won the 100m and 200m dashes and was a member of the winning 4x100m relay team, was named the WAC Outdoor Freshman of the Year.
Senior Albert Fullwood was named the WAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after winning all four races he competed in: the 200m and 400m dashes along with the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Fullwood's title in the 400m dash is his fourth in as many years - a race he has never lost at the conference championships.
Louisiana Tech Head coach Gary Stanley was honored by his peers once again for the tremendous amount of talent he puts on the track as Stanley was named the WAC Coach of the Year for the women's side.
The Lady Techsters continued their streak of championships Saturday but, for the first time in program history, was able to hoist the championship trophy at home and did so in record fashion. The 194 points scored by the women's team is a school record in the WAC Championships.
The Bulldogs, led by the four individual titles won by Fullwood, finished third on the men's side with 118 points marking the fourth consecutive year the Tech men have finished third.
The women's team did not win the outdoor title as easily as the indoor title as the Lady Techsters did not clinch the championship until the second-to-last event had been completed - the high jump. But the high jump results were not reported until after the start of the final event, the 4x400m relay. Tech entered the 4x400m relay believing it needed to win the relay to win the team title and the relay team came through with flying colors.
Three of the four members of the 4x400m relay team had already ran the 400m earlier in the day with Kamelia Stroy, Lashannda Worthy and Monique Wright finishing 1-2-3. Shante Benion joined the group for the relay and the team beat Fresno State by almost 2.5 seconds to claim the relay and team title. That marked Louisiana Tech's first 4x400m relay title since 2006.
The men's team clinched third place after also winning the 4x400m relay as the quartet of Justin Terry, Wade MaGaha, Marcelles Atkinson and Fullwood ran 3:10.78 for the Bulldogs' third title in four years.
It was a showcase of Lady Techster sprinters in the 100m dash finals as LA Tech finished 1-2-3-4-5-6 and overtook Idaho for the overall team lead. Freshman Quanisha Sales won the WAC title with a time of 11.45 while Chasidee Lewis-Baker finished second with a time of 11.61. Antoinette Cobb ran 11.67 to finish third, Chelsea Hayes ran 11.70 to place fourth, Rakeisha Green finished fifth with a time of 11.79 and Nancy Shelton rounded out the group with a sixth-place time of 11.85.
Cobb dominated the 100m hurdles and shattered her own school record in Saturday's finals, running 13.07. That time is the fastest WAC Championship time since 1999 and currently ranks sixth in the NCAA.
The women's 400m was another Tech-dominated run as the Lady Techsters finished 1-2-3.Kamelia Stroy her third consecutive 400m title, running 54.62 while Lashannda Worthy ran 54.88 to finish second. Monique Wright rounded out the trio - all of which earned first team all-WAC honors - with a time of 55.12 to finish third.
Sales won her second WAC title of the day as she claimed the 200m crown, running a time of 23.69 in the finals. Cobb followed with a second-place time of 23.92 and Shelton placed third, running 24.00. Stacia Hanneman finished sixth for the Lady Techsters with a time of 24.37.
The men's 400m dash finished in similar fashion with Albert Fullwood winning his fourth consecutive outdoor 400m title. Fullwood ran 46.61 to win the title while Justin Terry ran 47.26 to finish second. Josh Goree rounded out the trio of first team all-WAC sprinters, running 48.31 to finish third.
Louisiana Tech swept the 4x100m relay starting with a dominating performance by the women's relay team. Tech's relay of Nancy Shelton, Quanisha Sales, Rakeisha Green and Chasidee Lewis-Baker ran 44.43 and won by almost two seconds. That time of 44.43 currently ranks 16th in the nation and third in school history as Tech won the WAC title in the 4x100m relay for the eighth consecutive year.
The men's 4x100m relay team of Albert Fullwood, Kevin Stewart, Josh Goree and Terry Carter won the WAC title for the third time in four years with a time of 39.89. That mark is a season best time and ranks 23rd in the nation.
In a close men's 100m dash, Kevin Stewart finished fifth with a time of 10.64 (10.639) while Mike Coleman placed sixth with a time of 10.64 (10.640). Terry Carter placed seventh for the Bulldogs with a time of 10.73.
In the men's 200m, Tech finished 1-2-3 with Fullwood winning his third-consecutive title, running 20.71. Terry Carter followed with a time of 21.15 to place second and Kevin Stewart ran 21.18 to finish third.
The Lady Techsters added 21 points to their team total, finishing 2-3-5-6 in the triple jump Saturday with Brittany Guy leading the way with a jump of 41-6.5. That mark by Guy ranks fifth in school history. Quatisha Williams earned her second all-WAC first team honor as she finished third in the triple jump with a personal record jump of 41-5. Sapphira Brown placed fifth with a jump of 39-1.25 while Markeva Daye finished sixth with a jump of 39-1.
Two more Lady Techsters scored in the 400m hurdles as Shante Benion earned first team all-conference honors with a time of 1:00.46 as she finished third while Kia Vance earned second team honors as her mark of 1:02.79 placed sixth.
Phelecia Reynolds finished second in the discus with a personal record throw of 172-2.
Jonathan Keys placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 49-3 for the Bulldogs to earn first team all-WAC honors.
In the men's javelin, a pair of Ruston natives scored for the Bulldogs Saturday as Justin Martin finished third with a throw of 203-3 and Larry Jones finished fourth, throwing 197-11. Jones also scored for Tech in the shot put, placing fifth with a throw of 53-7.75.
Louisiana Tech now turns its attention to the NCAA East Preliminary (Regional) Championships on May 27-30 in Greensboro, N.C. The top 48 performers in the east region will advance to Greensboro with the top 12 marks in Greensboro in each event advancing to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. on June 9-13. Louisiana Tech is expected to have several athletes qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Championships.
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