LA Tech Track & Field Begins C-USA Indoor Championships Saturday

Feb. 17, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Louisiana Tech is gearing up to compete in the 2017 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.

The championships run all day Saturday and Sunday with a full schedule planned for the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters. UAB and CrossPlex are hosting the event for the sixth consecutive season. Live results will be available throughout the weekend at Fans can also watch a live video stream of all the action from Birmingham for free on CUSA.TV this weekend.

The championships will begin at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday with the combined events, beginning with the heptathlon and pentathlon. Jumps and throws will begin at 2 p.m. with running preliminaries and finals starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, the remaining heptathlon events will begin at 9 a.m., followed by field events. The day will conclude with the final running events at 1 p.m. and the awards presentation to wrap up a jam-packed weekend in Birmingham.

LA Tech will start things off at 9 a.m. Saturday with Jordan Patrick and Jacob Cambre competing in the heptathlon, which includes the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put and high jump. The duo will conclude the heptathlon events Sunday morning with the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000-meter run.

The field events begin with the high jump at 2 p.m. and will feature Tamario Lattin representing the Bulldogs in the competition. Lattin and Craig Jones will also compete in the men’s long jump Saturday evening and the triple jump at 11 a.m. Sunday.



The pole vault event will see Gregory Ballard, Cade McConathy and Daniel Sams competing on behalf of Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m. Saturday. Also on Saturday, LA Tech’s Chris London will compete in the men’s weight throw, while Dominique Lewis and Denisha Henix will be featured in the women’s long jump, both events scheduled for 4 p.m. that afternoon. Lewis and Henix will also compete in the women’s triple jump at 2 p.m. Sunday. The final field event on Saturday will be the women’s weight throw, which features five Lady Techsters in Asia Abron, Shelby Bishop, Anyi Garcia-Solis, Morgan Keesee and Rhea Thompson.

The running events begin at 4 p.m. Saturday with Kacie Kaufman scheduled to compete in the 1-mile run, while Drake Heinz and Brandon Lewis-Graham will represent LA Tech in the men’s 1-mile run. Kaufman will also race in the 3,000-meter run Sunday afternoon, while the men’s 3,000-meter run on Sunday will feature Heinz, Conner Killian, Manoah Kiptum and Austin Ballow. The 60-meter dash preliminaries will see Ona Giles, Alexis Hyshaw and Morgan White competing for the top eight spots in order to advance to the finals. On the men’s side, Jermey Hicks will compete in the 60-meter dash preliminaries at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lanorris Graden is scheduled to race in the men’s 400-meter dash trials Saturday night, while Quinci Middlebrooks and Elia Nero are set for the women’s 800-meter run Saturday evening, as well. LA Tech’s men will be represented by Scott Maggio in the 800-meter run. In the men’s 200-meter dash, LA Tech’s Jermey Hicks and Andrew Bradberry are scheduled to compete, while the women’s 200-meter dash will feature Ona Giles.

On Sunday, LA Tech’s Isaac Samuels will be featured in the men’s shot put at 11 a.m., while Chloe Lautric and Jasmine White are scheduled to compete in the women’s high jump at the same time Sunday morning. Alies Van Berkum is scheduled for the women’s pole vault at 2 p.m. Sunday, while Abron and Thompson will compete in the women’s shot put, which also begins at 2 p.m.

Admission prices are as follows: a two-day pass is $20 for adults and $10 for youth (12-17); while a single day ticket $15 per day for adults and $6 for youth (12-17). Admission is FREE for children age 11 and under and for students with valid ID cards who attend a C-USA member institution.

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


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