June 6, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - Kim Francis ran 13.34 and finished 21st in the 100m hurdles as Louisiana Tech wrapped up competition at the NCAA Championships at Historic Heyward Field in Eugene Thursday.
Francis, a native of Lafayette, La., finished eighth in her heat and 21st overall as she beat two hurdlers from Southern Cal and another from UCLA.
A junior, Francis advanced to the NCAA Championships after running 13.10 in the opening round and then posted a time of 13.27 in the quarterfinals. Both the opening and quarterfinal round were ran at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships in Greensboro, N.C. on May 23-25.
Francis was the third of three entries Louisiana Tech had advance to the NCAA Championships. Only one other school from Louisiana (LSU) sent more athletes to the national meet.
The NCAA Championships wraps up the main collegiate season for Louisiana Tech but top athletes – like Francis and Trey Hadnot – await possible acceptance to the USA Outdoor Track and Field (USATF) Championships set for June 20-23 in Des Moines, Iowa. Hadnot finished third in the 200m at the 2011 USATF Junior Championships and went on to compete for Team USA at the 2011 Pan Am Junior Championships, where he claimed the bronze medal in the 200m.
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