Feb. 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Louisiana Tech’s track and field programs enter the indoor postseason this week as Tech will compete at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center beginning Thursday.
The three-day event starts with the multiple events (pentathlon and heptathlon) competitions on Thursday and follows with the remaining 20 events on both the men’s and women’s sides on Friday and Saturday.
Leading the way for the men’s team is Trey Hadnot, currently ranked fourth in the nation and first in the league in the 200m after running a school record time of 20.81 at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 9. Hadnot is also ranked fifth in the conference in the 400m (48.42) and seventh in the WAC in the 60m (6.84) entering the championship meet. The Ruston, La. native and Ruston High School product is also expected to run on the Bulldogs’ 4x400m relay that enters the week ranked first in the league with a half-second advantage over UTSA.
Also expected to gain points for the Bulldogs is Dennis Richardson, currently ranked second in the league in the 60m (6.69) and the 200m (21.28). A pair of Bulldog distance runners – Paul Sakit and Matt Wolfe – are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the conference in the mile while Sakit is ranked first in the league in the 3,000m.
On the women’s side, Kim Francis is looking to defend her title in the 60m hurdles and enters the week ranked first in the conference after running 8.39 at the Howie Ryan Invitational on Jan. 25. Francis could also score in the 60m and is ranked sixth in the league in a race that Tech is expected to be heavily involved in.
In the throwing events, Tech senior Micara Vassell enters the week ranked second in the shot put (48-1.25/14.66m) and seventh in the weight throw (55-11/17.04m).
In track and field, first team all-WAC honors are awarded to the top three finishers and second team all-WAC honors go to the next three finishers in individual events. In relays, first team honors go to the league champion while second team accolades are given to the second- and third-place relay teams.
Live results can be found at http://wac.org/public/itf/2013/index.htm throughout the three-day championship meet.
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