@LATechTandF Claims Points in Long Jump on Third Day of C-USA Championships
May 16, 2015
EL PASO, Texas - Louisiana Tech claimed points and set athletes to the awards podium in both long jump competitions highlighting the third day of action at the 2015 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at historic Kidd Field in El Paso Saturday.
Craddock claimed the silver medal and scored eight team points for Louisiana Tech as her jump of 20-3 (6.17m) placed her as the runner-up to Western Kentucky's Chioma Agwunobi surprising winning jump. Agqunobi won despite entering the week ranked tied for 12th in the league while Craddock was ranked second entering the meet. Mia Adams also claimed points for LA Tech as she jumped 19-10.75 (6.06m) to finish fifth.
Jarrett Samuels brought home the bronze in the long jump as his mark of 25-2.5 (7.68m) was good for third as of press time with WKU's Ventavius Sears getting a surprising and controversial winning mark of 26-02.25 (7.98m) where there was a controversy regarding whether Sears' mark was 7.98m or 7.48m.
Morgan Keesee upended expectations in the disucs throw. Despite entering the meet ranked 10th in the league, Keesee's mark of 153-7 (46.82m) placed her seventh as she earned unexpected points for the women's side.
Joshua Cox had a season-best javelin throw Saturday as his mark of 212-4 (64.73m) placed him seventh.
Craddock also had a second-place finish as she ran the second-fastest time in the 100m dash prelims as she automatically qualified for the finals with a personal record time of 11.53. Victoria Wade (11.64) and Brittany Walker (11.83) also automatically advanced to the finals by winning their respective heats, along with Craddock. Adams, who ran 11.73, was edged out of the finals in a challenging prelim.
In the men's 100m prelims, Jermey Hicks matched a career-best time and tied the seventh-fastest 100m time in school history with a mark of 10.31 to run the fastest prelim time in the field. Hicks also advanced to the finals in the 200m with a time of 21.17, keeping alive - at least for one more day - Louisiana Tech's almost decade-long streak. The Bulldogs have won gold in the outdoor 200m in every conference championship since 2006.
The biggest surprise of the day came in the women's 200m as no Lady Techsters advanced to Sunday's finals despite Craddock entering the week ranked first in the league and LaQuanda James ranked eighth.
Sunday's final day of action begins with the field events at 1 p.m. MT/2 p.m. CT while the running events start with the 4x100m relay at 4:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. CT.
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