Louisiana Tech's Antoinette Cobb, Billy Ray Walker Named WAC Athletes of the Week



Jan. 19, 2010

DENVER - Louisiana Tech swept the Western Athletic Conference's first track athlete of the week honors for the 2010 season as Antoinette Cobb and Billy Ray Walker were both honored by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.

Cobb, a senior from Weyanoke, La., ran an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 8.39 seconds in the 60m hurdles at the Texas A&M Invitational to win her heat and advance to the finals. Cobb's preliminary time was the third-fastest time of the prelims and is the fastest time of any WAC hurdler throughout the young season. Cobb came back in the finals and finished fourth overall. The only hurdlers to beat her were a group of three All-Big 12 and All-American athletes.

Walker, a junior from Lancaster, Texas dominated the 60m hurdles at two separate meets over the weekend, winning a challenging Texas A&M Invitational title after finishing second at the Leonard Hamilton Invitational the day before. On Friday, Jan. 15, Walker's time of 7.97 seconds was the second-fastest among the preliminary heats before his time of 7.94 (currently the fastest time of any WAC runner throughout the young 2010 season) placed second overall and first among collegiate competitors. The following day at the Texas A&M Invitational, Walker ran 8.11 in the prelims before his time of 8.08 in the finals beat out two of Oklahoma's top hurdlers to take the title.

Louisiana Tech Track and Field returns to action this weekend at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 22-23 in Fayetteville, Ark.

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