National Powerhouses, World Championship Medalists Await LA Tech at LSU
April 22, 2016
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech will test itself against the best in the nation and the world Saturday at the LSU Alumni Gold with a meet featuring 16 NCAA Champions, 36 All-Americans and two World Championship medalists past and present at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana Tech’s women are led by Mia Adams in the long jump, who ranks second among the invitational competition’s nine jumpers. The redshirt senior from Georgia is ranked 15th nationally with a mark of 20-7 (6.27m) set at the Jim Mize Invitational earlier this season in Ruston. All-American Nataliyah Friar of LSU leads the nine jumpers in the competition at No. 13 nationally, only 1.5 inches better than Adams.
Tramaine Maloney, the Texas Tech transfer that is ranked 29th nationally in the 110m hurdles, leads the Bulldogs into Saturday’s meet in Baton Rouge. He will run in the second heat of the A section of the 110m hurdles and is looking to improve upon his season-best time of 13.94 in a heat with Clemson’s Justin Johnson, a senior that ranks 25th nationally with a 0.03 second advantage over Maloney.
Host LSU features two of the top-five teams in the country this week with the Lady Tigers ranking No. 4 and the Tigers ranking No. 5 in this week’s Top 25 power rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday. Other combined programs from major conferences headlining the meet will be Texas (No. 4 men, No. 7 women), Tennessee (No. 24 men, No. 16 women), Mississippi State (unranked men, No. 11 women), Arizona (unranked men, No. 23 women), Clemson and Iowa State.
Rounding out the collegiate field for the LSU Alumni Gold event on Saturday are Akron, Connecticut, Hinds Community College, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Maine, McNeese State, Meridian Community College, New Orleans, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Tulane.
The afternoon session at this year’s LSU Alumni Gold meet is set to begin at 1:20 p.m. CT following an opening ceremony at 1:15 p.m. and runs through the 4x400-meter relays at 4:20 p.m. A recognition of the alumni in attendance is scheduled for 3:20 p.m. during the running of the women’s 5,000 meters.
The morning session at the LSU Alumni Gold starts bright and early with the start of the “B” section finals on the track at 8:30 a.m. CT followed by the first field events of the competition beginning at 9 a.m.
Admission is free to the Bernie Moore Track Stadium for Saturday’s meet.
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