LA Tech Track and Field Primed for Spring Season

Jan. 6, 2015

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's track and field program is primed for a strong spring season after a competitive intrasquad challenge wrapped up the fall and a special guest spoke to the program.

A pair of nationally-ranked athletes - Charla Craddock and Jarvis Gotch - ended up winning the male and female challenge as the team wrapped up its fall training before the break. Then members were treated to a special guest speaker as Olympic Gold Medalist Lauryn Williams spoke to the team.

Williams was the first woman to medal in both the summer and winter Olympic games, winning a gold medal in the 2012 4x100m relay and then claiming silver in the 2014 bobsled. She also was a silver medalist in the 2004 summer games.

She spoke to the program on the importance of nutrition, treating their collegiate training like a profession in order to be successful, who she saw as role models and why they influenced her, the importance of obtaining her degree, setting goals, planning for the future and what it was like to compete in the Olympics at the highest level.

In the intrasquad testing, athletes competed in a wide range of events including a 30m spring from a three-point start, a standing long jump, an overhead back shot put throw, a 150m sprint, a 30m fly, standing triple jump, underhand forward shot put throw and a 300 or 600m run. The array of events gave no preference to any specific athlete focus to provide a balance for the various event specialties Tech's athletes focus on.

Craddock won the women's challenge followed by Mia Adams while Gotch won the men's competition followed by Darius Stathum.

Louisiana Tech's 2015 indoor season starts this week at the UAB Blazer Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama beginning Friday.

 

 

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