April 25, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's track and field team will close the regular season this weekend in the state where it has spent two-thirds of the season with a trip back to Texas for Saturday's Bobcat Invitational.
That deliberate schedule was set leading up to the 2014 Conference USA Championships on May 15-18 in Houston.
Saturday's meet in San Marcos, Texas will be the last chance for the teams to position themselves prior to the conference championship meet. Both the men's and the women's programs will enter the postseason trying to knock UTEP off the mountain as the Miners are favored on both sides to win.
Leading the women's program this week will be Kim Francis, recently named the C-USA Female Athlete of the Week after running a conference-best 13.02 in the 100m hurdles last weekend in Baton Rouge. That performance marked the first time this season Francis has overtaken UTEP's Janice Jackson for the league leading place.
On the men's side, Jarvis Gotch currently ranks first in the conference and tied for second in the nation in the long jump. His mark of 26-0.25 (7.93m) set on April 12 at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas currently ranks tied for 11th in the world this season.
Gotch and the men's team is looking to improve after the Bulldogs dropped to No. 47 in this week's national rankings, falling 11 spots from No. 36. The Bulldogs also dropped one spot to No. 14 in the South Central rankings, ahead of Conference USA foe North Texas but behind Bobcat Invitational host Texas State.
Meanwhile the women's program moved up three spots in the South Central Regional rankings to No. 12 and one spot in the national rankings to No. 81.
LA Tech will face host Texas State, Texas A&M, Incarnate Word, Southern, UT Arlington and UL-Monroe at the meet.
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