Three Punch Tickets to Eugene for @LATechTandF on Final Day of NCAA East Prelims
May 31, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Louisiana Tech added three more advancing marks to Eugene, Oregon and the 2014 NCAA Championships as action concluded at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville Saturday.
The three additional advancing entries give Louisiana Tech a total of five entries heading into the semifinal and final rounds at the NCAA Championships set for June 11-14 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Louisiana Tech will have two Bulldogs doubling up in Eugene with Jarvis Gotch and Trey Hadnot both advancing in two separate events. Gotch - a junior that moved on in the long jump Thursday - ran the opening leg of the 4x100m relay that finished ninth overall, fourth in their heat. Hadnot ran the second leg of the relay team that posted a time of 39.60 and he will return to the NCAA Championships in the 4x100m relay for the second consecutive year along with Devin Henderson and Dennis Richardson. Hadnot, Henderson and Richardson were all on the relay squad that finished 12th at last year's NCAA Championships in Eugene.
Hadnot also advanced in the 200m as the native of Ruston, Louisiana posted a time of 20.79. A senior, Hadnot will bookend his collegiate career with appearances at the NCAA Championships after advancing his freshman season (2011) to finish 16th overall. He failed to advance past the quarterfinal round at the East Prelims the last two seasons due to injuries.
Kim Francis will make an appearance in the semifinal round of the NCAA Championships for the third year in a row as she ran 13.04 to finish eighth overall and fourth in her heat. Francis - a product of Youngsville, Louisiana - has recorded back-to-back 21st-place finishes the last two years at the NCAA Championships.
The women's 4x100m relay fell short of advancing Saturday as the Lady Techster squad finished 18th with a time of 45.19. The quartet of Francis, Victoria Wade, Brittany Walker and Charla Craddock ended the season sixth in their heat.
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