Louisiana Tech Track and Field Announces Signing Class

May 6, 2010

RUSTON, La. - The Louisiana Tech Track and Field program and head coach Gary Stanley announced the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Thursday, including Louisiana's top-ranked sprinter and hurdler and the nation's second-fastest hurdler.

Ruston High School product Tre Hadnot leads the men's signing class as Louisiana's top-ranked sprinter in both the 100m (10.33w) and 200m (21.34w) dashes and is ranked third in the state in the 400m (48.82).

Lancaster, Texas native and Lancaster High School product Dravius Jones also signed an NLI with Louisiana Tech. Lancaster HS is one of the premier high schools in terms of churning out some of the best track and field athletes. Also joining the men's track and field program will be Kendall Hayes, who signed a National Letter of Intent with Tech to play football. Hayes is currently ranked second in the nation in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.64. A mark of 13.64 would rank first in the Western Athletic Conference this year if ran in a collegiate race.

Of the four females to sign NLIs with Louisiana Tech's track and field program, three are currently members of the Dallas Gold Track Club, one of the premier track clubs in the nation.

Taneka Henderson, who hails from DeSoto, Texas and is a product of both the Dallas Gold Track Club and Lancaster HS, is currently ranked 22nd in the nation and seventh in Texas in the 400m after running 54.95.

Aldresha Bailey, currently attending Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, is also a member of the Dallas Gold Track Cluband is ranked 12th in Texas in the 400m with a mark of 55.73. Bailey was ranked fourth in Texas during the indoor season in the 400m with a time of 57.05.

Jernisha Mergerson is another Lancaster, Texas and Lancaster High School product. Also a member of the Dallas Gold Track Club, Mergerson was ranked 10th in Texas last season in the 200m and has personal record times of 24.45 in the 200m and 55.85 in the 400m this year.



Wrapping up the signing class on the women's side is Kim Francis, a sprinter and hurdler from Youngsville, La. who attends Northside HS. Francis is the top-ranked hurdler in Louisiana with a time of 13.95 in the 100m hurdles and is a four-time Louisiana state champion. Francis won the 55m and 55m hurdles title at the 2010 Louisiana indoor state meet and the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles crowns at the 2009 Louisiana outdoor state meet.

The signees are joining a program that has dominated the Western Athletic Conference over the past several years with the men's team vying for a conference title next weekend and the women's program looking for its sixth consecutive WAC outdoor title.

Louisiana Tech plays host to the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the first time in program history on May 12-15, 2010 at the Jim Mize Track Facility on Tech's campus in Ruston.

For complete coverage of Louisiana Tech Track and Field, please visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.

Name Events Hometown Previous School
Aldresha Bailey Sprints Arlington, Texas Mansfield Timberview HS
Kim Francis Sprints, Hurdles Youngsville, La. Northside HS
Taneka Henderson Sprints Lancaster, Texas Lancaster HS
Jernisha Mergerson Sprints Lancaster, Texas Lancaster HS
Kendall Hayes Sprints Lancaster, Texas Lancaster HS
Tre Hadnot Sprints Ruston, La. Ruston HS
Dravius Jones Sprints Lancaster, Texas Lancaster HS


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