@LATechTandF Men Ranked 48th in National Rankings

Jan. 25, 2016

NEW ORLEANS - When Louisiana Tech’s track and field program competes at the Vanderbilt Invitational this weekend the team will not be able to slide under the radar. That is because LA Tech’s men vaulted to No. 48 in the national rankings released Monday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

That No. 48 ranking pushes the Bulldogs one spot ahead of North Carolina and less than a point away from No. 47 Providence.

This marks the team’s highest ranking since being slotted 45th over the first two weeks of the indoor season in 2014. That season Louisiana Tech’s men went on to finish second at the Conference USA Indoor Championships.

Jarvis Gotch helped push the team up the rankings. He will enter competition in Nashville, Tennessee this week ranked ninth nationally in the long jump after posting a winning mark of 25-3.25 (7.70m) at the Aggie Team Invitational on Jan. 15. Gotch was named the Conference USA Athlete of the Week following that performance.

LA Tech will compete at the Vanderbilt Invitational this week then compete at the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama on Feb. 12-13 before returning to Birmingham for the Conference USA Indoor Championships on Feb. 24-25.

For complete coverage of Tech Track and Field and Cross Country, please follow @LATechTandF on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.




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