@LATechTandF Begins Conference USA Indoor Championships Wednesday
Feb. 23, 2016
RUSTON, La. - Championship week is already here. For Louisiana Tech's track and field program, that is. LA Tech will head to Birmingham, Alabama this week for the 2016 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the CrossPlex beginning Wednesday.
On Wednesday, field events kickoff at 3 p.m. with the much anticipated women's long jump beginning at 4 p.m. Mia Adams enters the week ranked third in the conference and will need a big jump in order to extend Louisiana Tech's current streak of six consecutive years having claimed gold in the event.
Jarvis Gotch enters the week ranked atop the C-USA performance list in the long jump by almost nine inches and looks to win his first conference championship in his last chance to do so. The Carencro native is a redshirt senior indoors and has exhausted his eligibility in the outdoor season.
A year after qualifying for, and participating in, the USATF Indoor Championships in Boston, Gotch enters the week ranked sixth nationally in the long jump and has maintained his lead in the event over the rest of the conference for the majority of the season. However gold is not awarded for what is done before the championship meet, but what is done at the championship and he will have to hit the top mark when the event begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Gotch will also be challenged right before he gets to jump with the 60m dash prelims scheduled for 6:10 p.m. He enters the week ranked second in the league and 29th nationally in the event and a strong race would propel him to Thursday's finals.
Adams will join Gotch in vying to score in multiple events as she is scheduled to run in the 60m dash prelims (6:25 p.m.) and 200m dash prelims (7:55 p.m.) following her performance in the long jump.
By scoring out the performance list entering the week, Louisiana Tech is projected to finish fifth on the men's side and eighth on the women's. But the men are projected to finish only two points behind Charlotte, a number that can easily surpassed if one athlete beats a Charlotte athlete in any single event. WKU is the projected team winner with UTSA closely behind and Middle Tennessee in third.
On the women's side, Tech is projected only 3.5 points behind Charlotte and four points behind UTSA, another easily upended projection. Only 25 points separates teams projected to finish fifth through 10th in the women's competition, showcasing the parity across the league. UTEP is the projected women's team winner with an anticipated three points over Middle Tennessee.
Live event results will be available throughout the meet along with a live broadcast on the C-USA Digital Network.
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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