LA Tech T&F Newcomers Shine in First Indoor Meet
Dec. 3, 2017
JONESBORO, Ark. - Louisiana Tech officially opened the indoor track and field season on Sunday afternoon with the team's newcomers shining in the A-State Kickoff Klassic, which was held in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Louisiana Tech notched a total of 26 top five finishes on the day in both field and running events, while the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters had five individuals claim first place in their respective events in Sunday's season-opening meet hosted by Arkansas State.
In the women's high jump, senior Chloe Lautric led the way, finishing second with a mark of 5-7.75 (1.72m), while a pair of freshmen in Kourtni Goldsmith (3rd -- 5-4.50) and Sydney Anderson (T6th -- 5-0.5) also placed in the top 10 in the event.
Junior transfer Melody Korie recorded a first place finish in the women's long jump on Sunday with a jump of 18-11.75 (5.78m), while senior Janiel McDonald came in fifth with a mark of 17-11 (5.46m). Senior Tamario Lattin placed second in the men's long jump with a mark of 24-2.25 (7.37m), while sophomore transfer Denzel Harper came in fifth with a jump of 23-6.75 (7.18m).
A pair of LA Tech's freshmen claimed the top two spots in the men's triple jump competition, led by Caleb Clark, who recorded a jump of 47-7.75 (14.52m) to place first. Khalil Jones ended the event in second with a jump of 47-7 (14.50m). In the women's triple jump, freshman Dominque Anderson placed fourth with a mark of 37-5 (11.40m).
True freshman Cole Courtois impressed in his debut for the Bulldogs, placing first in the men's pole vault competition after recording a mark of 16-0.75 (4.90m) on Sunday. On the women's side, junior transfer Monique Apuakehau finished the women's pole vault in second place with a mark of 11-6.5 (3.52m).
LA Tech's women claimed the top five spots in the women's weight throw competition, led by Liza Wall with a throw of 56-8.5 (17.28m), who was followed by Morgan Keesee, Rhea Thompson, Anyi Garcia-Solis and Asia Abron. In the men's weight throw, LA Tech junior transfer Malek Evans led the way after placing second with a throw of 56-8.5 (17.28m).
Returner Rhea Thompson led the Lady Techsters in the women's shot put event with a throw of 45-5.75 (13.86m) to finish in second place, while Isaac Samuels (3rd -- 48-7.5) and Evans (5th -- 47-1.75) finished in the top five in the men's shot put competition.
In the running events, LA Tech's Janiel McDonald took home first place in the women's 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.14 in the race, while LA Tech had three top 10 finishers in the women's 55-meter dash, led by freshman Shelby Smith, who placed fourth with a time of 7.18. Taylor Shaw finished sixth in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.24, while Morgan White placed seventh with a time of 7.25. Shaw, Smith and White also placed in the top 10 in the women's 200-meter race.
LA Tech's women teamed up to finish the 4,000-meter distance medley relay in second place with a time of 12:47.72 thanks to the efforts of Elia Nero, Sharone Johnson, Quinci Middlebrooks and Kacie Kaufman. The Lady Techsters also finished in second place in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:58.60 for Destiny Aaron, Dominque Anderson, Morgan White and Nero.
The Bulldogs and Lady Techsters will return to action on Jan. 12, 2018, when the teams travel to compete in the Texas A&M Ted Nelson Invitational in College Station, Texas.
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