Antoinette Cobb Misses NCAA Indoor Championships by One-Hundredth of a Second
March 10, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Louisiana Tech's Antoinette Cobb closed out her indoor collegiate career in a heartbreaking way after missing the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles qualifying list by one-hundredth of a second (0.01). The list of competitors for the championships, announced by the NCAA office this week, set the cut off right before Cobb's provisionally qualifying mark of 8.28. Cobb finishes the year ranked 21st in the nation in the 60m hurdles.
Cobb and the rest of the Louisiana Tech track and field team will now turn their attention to the outdoor season, which will begin on March 20 as Tech hosts the Jim Mize Invitational at the Jim Mize Track Facility.
Cobb's fastest time in the 60m hurdles came on Feb. 27 at the WAC Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho when she set a school record with a time of 8.28 to win her second consecutive conference title in the event. Familiar with the one-hundredth of a second margin, Cobb missed out on being the WAC Champion in the 60m dash after being edged out by teammate Chasidee Lewis-Baker who ran 7.51 to Cobb's 7.52 time.
Despite just missing out on the NCAA Indoor Championships, the season was hardly unsuccessful for Cobb or Louisiana Tech. Cobb finished the year with the seven fastest times in the 60m hurdles in the Western Athletic Conference. Head coach Gary Stanley was named the WAC women's indoor coach of the year in what is becoming an annual tradition (this marks his 18th conference coach of the year title).
Moreover, the women's program won its fifth indoor title in six years and its 10th championship in 11 tries overall, the longest string of dominance since BYU won five straight WAC indoor titles in the late 1990s.
Albert Fullwood was honored with his third WAC Track Performer of the Year award after winning three conference titles (200m, 400m, 4x400m relay) and Quanisha Sales was named the WAC's Indoor Freshman of the Year award. In all, Louisiana Tech recorded 11 individual conference champions and 56 all-conference honors.
The outdoor season begins on March 20 and both the men's and women's programs add athletes to the outdoor season that puts both teams in strong contention for the WAC Outdoor title. One of the goals for both programs is winning the team title this year as Tech hosts the WAC Outdoor Championships on May 12-15 at the Jim Mize Track Facility.
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