May 30, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Seniors Kim Francis and Trey Hadnot have been the standard bearers for Louisiana Tech's programs all season long. That season was extended Friday as the duo both advanced out of the preliminary rounds and into the quarterfinals in their respective events at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville.
Francis advanced to the quarterfinal round for the third time in her career as her time of 13.36 placed her 14th overall. She will vie for a chance to go to the NCAA Championships in the quarterfinal round on Saturday, needing to finish in the top three of her heat or to record one of the next three best times.
Hadnot won his preliminary heat by one-thousandth of a second (0.01) with a time of 20.66 - finishing seventh overall - as the top three finishers in each of the six heats, plus the next six best times, advance to the quarterfinal round. A native of Ruston, Louisiana, Hadnot has advanced to the quarterfinal round all four years but only moved on to the NCAA Championships once - his freshman season. He will have an opportunity to bookend his collegiate career with NCAA Championship appearances in Saturday's quarterfinals.
Dennis Richardson tied his season-best time of 10.35 and missed advancing to the NCAA Championships by two-hundredths of a second (0.02) as he finished 14th in the 100m dash quarterfinals. This marked his fourth consecutive year qualifying for the East Prelims in the event and the second time to get to the quarterfinal round.
Chloe Lautric finished 29th overall in the women's high jump as she closed her season with a height of 5-7.25 (1.72m).
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