May 18, 2014
HOUSTON - In his last conference championship meet Trey Hadnot was determined to give everything he had to help his team. Hadnot did that and more, winning three gold medals as action concluded at the 2014 Conference USA Outdoor Championships at the Ley Track on the Rice campus in Houston.
Overall, the Bulldogs finished fourth with 68 points after entering the meet projected to finish fifth while the Lady Techsters finished fifth as projected with 60 points.
The most impressive of Hadnot's three wins might have been the 200m where he held off Tulsa's Bryce Robinson for Louisiana Tech's ninth consecutive conference championship in the event.
To explain how long the Bulldogs' 200m streak has stretched the last time LA Tech lost a 200m conference championship race (2005), Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Pope John Paul II died and YouTube was launched. Since then the Bulldogs have won nine straight titles in the event, capped by Sunday's gold by Hadnot.
The most dominating race of the day came in the 100m where Hadnot again shined, edging teammate Dennis Richardson and Tulsa's Robinson for the win. Hadnot ran 10.45 for the gold medal while Richardson claimed silver with a time of 10.49 while Robinson - who entered with a league-leading time of 10.15, ran 10.54 for bronze. Also in the 100m finals, Jermey Hicks ran 10.62 to finish fifth while Jarvis Gotch placed eighth with a time of 10.72, vaulting the Bulldogs at the time from eighth place to fourth place as Tech scored 23 points in less than 11 seconds.
Hadnot (second leg) and Richardson (anchor) teamed up in the 4x100m relay along with Devin Henderson (first leg) and Hicks (third leg) to win gold in the 4x100m relay with a season-best time of 39.53. A native of Ruston, Louisiana, Hadnot also anchored a 4x400m relay that finished fourth with a time of 3:10.09 as he ran an anchor leg split of 45.82. Jaquvis Hart, Christopher Sampract and Darius Statham joined Hadnot on the relay.
Kim Francis (13.23) claimed silver in the 100m hurdles as she was edged at the finish line by UTEP's Janice Jackson (13.10), dropping a close race in her bid for a third straight gold medal in the event. Francis also claimed silver as the opening leg of the 4x100m relay as the quartet of Francis, Aminah Blount, Brittany Walker and Charla Craddock ran a season-best time of 44.68 to finish second to East Carolina. Craddock also finished fifth in the 200m with a time of 24.29.
Craddock ran the opening leg of the 4x400m relay that ran 3:37.71 - the second-best time of the season for the Lady Techsters - as the team finished second to UTEP. Taneka Henderson ran the second leg, followed by Blount (third leg) and Aldresha Bailey anchored the relay.
Joshua Cox was another medalist for the Bulldogs as his javelin throw of 221-3 earned him third place in a close competition where the throw by the top three throwers set the final order of finish. On the women's side, Camille Lott notched a personal best throw of 143-0 (43.58m) to place fourth in the javelin after entering the week ranked sixth in the league.
A pair of sixth-place finishes came in the field events as SaBrittany Angelle threw the shot put 47-7.25 (14.51m) and Tamario Lattin tied a season-high mark of 6-6.75 (2.00m) in the high jump. On the track, Henderson placed sixth with a 400m hurdles time of 1:03.22.
Attention is now turned to see which student-athletes will qualify for the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Championships set for May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Florida.
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