LA Tech Track & Field Travels to Compete in Vanderbilt Invitational

Jan. 19, 2017

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will continue its indoor track and field schedule this weekend as the men and women are scheduled to compete in the 2017 Vanderbilt Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Vanderbilt indoor track facility in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Bulldogs and Lady Techsters will compete in a combined 27 running and field events over the course of the two-day invitational with all the action set to begin Friday afternoon. Field events will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, while Saturday’s action will start mid-morning at 10:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Live results will available on both days at

Friday’s action begins at 4 p.m. with Chloe Lautric and Jasmine White competing in the women’s high jump, both of who recently finished third and sixth respectively in last week’s Texas A&M Aggie Team Invitational in College Station. The men’s high jump will also be held at 4 p.m. on Day 1 of the Vanderbilt Invitational and will feature LA Tech’s Jordan Patrick and Tamario Lattin.

Patrick and Lattin will keep busy this weekend as the two are also scheduled to compete in the men’s long jump with LA Tech’s Craig Jones at 5 p.m. Friday before gearing up for a full schedule on Saturday. Patrick is also set to race in the men’s 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash Saturday afternoon, while Lattin will compete in the men’s triple jump with Jones at 2 p.m. Saturday.

One week after placing first in the women’s 400-meter dash at the Aggie Team Invitational, LA Tech’s Elia Nero will now compete in the 800-meter race, while Chris Brausell will represent the men in the same event late Saturday afternoon.



In Friday’s weight throw, LA Tech’s women will be represented by Shelby Bishop, Morgan Keesee and Rhea Thompson at 4 p.m., while Chris London will represent the men at 5 p.m. that day. Last weekend in the season-opening event, London finished in sixth place in the weight throw at the Aggie Team Invitational with a mark of 55-4 (16.88m).

After recording a top 10 finish in the pole vault last weekend, Gregory Ballard will once again represent LA Tech’s men in the same event at 5 p.m. Friday alongside Daniel Sams. At the same time Friday, Denisha Henix and Morgan White will compete in the women’s long jump.

In the 200-meter race scheduled for Friday night, two of LA Tech’s women will be featured with Ona Giles and Alexis Hyshaw both scheduled to compete, while Andrew Bradberry, Jacob Cambre and Darius Statham will race on the men’s side that night. To wrap up Friday’s action, Manoah Kiptum will represent Louisiana Tech’s men in the 5,000-meter run.

The weekend invitational picks back up Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s pole vault, which will feature Alies van Berkum, who finished seventh in that event last weekend in College Station with a mark of 11-2.5 (3.42m).

In the women’s shot put, Asia Abron and Rhea Thompson will compete for LA Tech at 11 a.m., while the men’s shot put will feature Isaac Samuels and Cambre later that afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday.

Autym Scales will be the lone Lady Techster competing in the women’s 60-meter hurdles at 1 p.m. Saturday, while the freshman will also race in the 60-meter run alongside Giles, Hyshaw and Morgan White.

In addition to Jordan Patrick competing in Saturday’s 60-meter race, LA Tech’s men will also be represented by Bradberry, Cambre, Jermey Hicks and Darius Statham. Bradberry and Statham will also race in the men’s 400-meter event with Lanorris Graden and Edjim Beaver.

The women’s triple jump at 2 p.m. Saturday will feature Anji Garcia-Solis, Denisha Henix and Dominique Lewis, while Quinci Middlebrooks will race in the women’s 1-mile run shortly after. The men’s 1-mile run begins at approximately 2:35 p.m. and will see LA Tech’s Brandon Lewis-Graham and Scott Maggio competing for the Bulldogs.

In the 3,000-meter race, LA Tech will be represented by four runners, Kacie Kaufman on the women’s side and Austin Ballow, Drake Heinz and Conner Killian for the men.

LA Tech’s men will wrap up a jam-packed two days Saturday at approximately 5:25 p.m. by racing in the first section of the 4x400-meter relay against Arizona, Georgia Tech, WKU, Tennessee State and Samford.

For complete coverage of Louisiana Tech Track and Field, please follow @LATechTFXC on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at


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