LA Tech Women Tie for Sixth, Men Ninth at C-USA Championships
May 17, 2015
EL PASO, Texas - Louisiana Tech's women used a gold medal performance in the last event of the meet - the 4x400m relay - to propel themselves into a tie for sixth while the men's team finished ninth as action concluded at the 2015 Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Kidd Field in El Paso Sunday evening.
For the fifth time in six years, Louisiana Tech won gold in the women's 4x400m relay as the relay team of Diamond Every, Charla Craddock, Mia Adams and Victoria Wade led the entire race and ran a season-best time of 3:36.65. That season best time puts the relay time in position to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Championships in two weeks.
LA Tech's women were in eighth place entering the race and vaulted two spots with the gold medal win, scoring 56 points overall in the meet to tie for sixth with UTSA. Western Kentucky won the women's team title with 157 points while UTEP was the runner-up with 148 points.
UTSA won the men's team title with 165 points while UTEP followed scoring 158 points and Western Kentucky finished third with 155 points. LA Tech's men scored 33 points in the meet, finishing ninth.
After entering the week as the top-ranked 100m dash sprinter in Conference USA and matching a personal best time in the prelims, Jermey Hicks was upset in the finals as FIU's Alton Eliphar edged Hicks in a photo finish. Hicks would receive the silver medal with a time of 10.47 while Eliphar ran 10.38 to claim gold.
The men's 4x100m relay also claimed a silver medal as the quartet of Jarvis Gotch, Hicks, Devin Henderson and Darius Statham ran 39.82 as WKU won gold with a time of 39.35. Henderson also ran in the 100m finals with Hicks, finishing sixth with a time of 10.67. The men's 4x400m relay of Jared Shepherd, Jarrett Samuels, Darius Statham and Henderson ran 3:15.68 to finish sixth.
Later in the day Hicks came out of the blocks appearing to be injured in the 200m finals and finished eighth in the event. This marked the first time since 2005 that a Louisiana Tech sprinter did not win a gold medal in the 200m at an outdoor conference championship event.
Gregory Ballard tied a career best mark as he finished eighth with a height of 15-7.25 (4.76m) in the pole vault.
Camille Lott was the top individual finisher on the women's side as she claimed the silver medal in the javelin with a throw of 138-1 (42.10m).
The women's 4x100m relay team of Brittany Walker, Victoria Wade, Mia Adams and Charla Craddock ran the ninth-fastest time in school history in the finals race Sunday but the time of 44.67 was only good enough for third as the squad was edged by Florida Atlantic by 0.04 seconds at the finish.
Craddock, Wade and Walker were also in the 100m dash finals with Craddock leading the way as her time of 11.58 placed her fifth. Wade finished seventh with a time of 11.68 while Walker ran 11.81 to place eighth.
Kirsten Johnson entered the week ranked 10th in the 400m hurdles but a personal best time in Saturday's prelims put her in the finals where she upended expectations to finish sixth with a time of 1:03.95.
SaBrittany Angelle was also ranked 10th in her event but upended expectations as her shot put throw of 46-0 (14.02m) was good for eighth place. Morgan Keesee would finish 14th, throwing 41-3 (12.57m).
Louisiana Tech's attention now turns to the NCAA East Preliminary Championships hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida on May 28-30.
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