@LATechTandF Opens Prestigious Texas Relays Thursday
March 25, 2015
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will be competing against some of the top collegiate and professional athletes this week as the program heads to the 88th Annual Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Over 7,000 athletes will be competing at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas in a premiere track meet that will be broadcast live on the Longhorn Network and WatchESPN. The Texas Relays is one of the longest running track and field meets in the nation and this year's event features multiple Olympians and members of the Japanese National team.
Louisiana Tech's men have four individuals and two relays that qualified in the meet while the women have 12 individuals and three relays.
The Bulldogs will be led by the men's 4x100m relay team that finished fifth at last year's Texas Relays with a time of 39.66 but will have to replace two members of that relay team, Trey Hadnot and Dennis Richardson. The 4x400m relay team ran 3:09.57 to place sixth at the 2014 Texas Relays and looks to replicate that success as well.
Individually on the men's side Jarvis Gotch finished second in the long jump last year in Austin with a jump of 26-0.25 (7.93m) but is questionable entering the meet. Jermey Hicks, who excelled in his freshman campaign in Ruston, placed 28th in the 100m dash last year at the Texas Relays with a time of 10.58 and brings a personal best time of 10.39 in the sprint race.
The Lady Techsters are led by Chloe Lautric as she placed eighth in the high jump last year with a height of 5-10 (1.75m), a mark that still stands as the sophomore's personal best height. Victoria Wade was busy at last year's Texas Relays as she was on the 4x100m relay that finished fourth in the invitational section with a time of 45.92 while also running 11.98 in the 100m dash to place 36th. She will reprise her appearance in the 100m this year.
Wade will also anchor a relay team of LaQuanda James, Aminah Blount and Charla Craddock as they try to redeem themselves of last year's 4x200m relay that was disqualified for an out-of-zone handoff.
The relays and sprints prelims will take place on Friday beginning at 9:35 a.m. while the women's high and long jumps will start at 10 a.m. on Friday.
Tickets are available for individual days or session passes through the UT Athletics Ticket Office. Fans can call 512-471-3333 or go to TexasSports.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the ticket window at Myers Stadium. Entry on Wednesday and Thursday is free.
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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