May 29, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Louisiana Tech's Joshua Cox and Jarvis Gotch both punched their tickets to Eugene, Oregon Thursday as action opened at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida campus.
In all, Louisiana Tech's two advancing marks were the most by any Conference USA team at the East Prelims and was second among all Louisiana schools behind only LSU (three advancing marks).
Cox was the first Bulldog to qualify for Eugene as he secured the 12th and final spot for advancement with a throw of 217-9 (66.39m). His mark, which ranks fourth in school history, came on his final attempt as he held off The Citadel's Capers Williamson for the last advancing spot. Cox entered the East Prelims ranked 14th out of the 48 qualifying javelin throwers.
While Cox secured his ticket to Eugene late, Gotch was hot early as his advancing mark of 25-4.5 (7.73m) was recorded in his first of six attempts in the competition. Gotch missed a top-three finish by a quarter of an inch as NC State's Jonathan Addison placed third with a jump of 25-7.75 (7.74m).
Dennis Richardson advanced to Friday's quarterfinal round in the 100m dash. The senior from Pride, Louisiana, automatically qualified for the quarterfinal round by finishing third in his preliminary heat, running 10.65. He will attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 100m dash for the first time in his career at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT Friday.
Victoria Wade ended her senior season in the 100m dash as she ran 12.00 in the preliminary round to finish 42nd overall. A Shreveport, Louisiana native and Caddo Magnet High School product, Wade entered Thursday's competition ranked 47th out of the 48 qualifying sprinters.
Charla Craddock fell one place short of advancing to Eugene in the women's long jump as she finished 13th with a mark of 20-1 (6.12m).
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