Nationally-Ranked Teams Await LA Tech at LSU Alumni Gold Saturday
April 17, 2015
RUSTON, La. - Several nationally-ranked teams await Louisiana Tech Saturday as Tech heads south to Baton Rouge for the LSU Alumni Gold meet at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
The LSU Alumni Gold will feature several nationally-ranked teams including host LSU. The Tigers are ranked fourth in the country on the men's side and 14th on the women's. Penn State, ranked No. 16 on the men and 36 on the women, will also be participating as well as Iowa State's 41st-ranked women and Arizona's 46th-ranked men.
The men's 4x100m relay will likely be the most competitive event on the track as LSU is ranked second in the nation with a time of 38.93 while Arizona is one spot ahead of Louisiana Tech. The Wildcats, ranked 16th with a time of 39.84, has a one-tenth of a second edge over Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs are ranked 17th with a time of 39.94. Louisiana-Lafayette is also competing in the relay and enters ranked 25th with a time of 40.26.
That relay not only features some of the top teams in the country but also on a national scale as LSU's relay is ranked eighth in the world while Arizona is ranked No. 32 in the world and Tech is slated at No. 35.
The men's long jump invitational also has the makings of a great competition with four jumpers ranked in the top 35. McNeese State's Kartavius Hamilton is ranked 15th in the nation with a mark of 24-9.75 (7.56m) while Northwestern State's Emmanuel Williams is 23rd with a jump of 24.7.75 (7.51m). The Bulldogs have a pair of top-flight jumpers as Jarrett Samuels' mark of 24-6.5 (7.48m) ranks him 26th in the nation and while Jarvis Gotch has yet to record a mark in the outdoor season, he finished the indoor season ranked eighth in the world in the long jump. Louisiana-Lafayette's Devin Davis, ranked 32nd in the nation, is also scheduled to compete.
On the women's side, the 4x100m relay could be a showdown of Pelican State schools as LSU is ranked second in the nation with a time of 43.23 while LA Tech is ranked 37th nationally with a time of 45.18. The two teams will run side-by-side - LSU in lane five, Tech in lane six - in a heat that also includes Penn State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas State and McNeese State.
As with the men, the women's long jump will be one to watch Tech's Mia Adams - ranked 26th in the nation with a jump of 20-1.75 (6.14m) - will face world-class competition as LSU's Nataliyah Friar is ranked eighth in the nation with a jump of 20-9.25 (6.33m) while Louisiana-Lafayette's Stacey Imagbe is ranked 14th with a jump of 20-6.5 (6.26m).
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