The Road to Rio Began in Ruston

June 23, 2016

RUSTON, La. - With the countdown to the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro well underway, several current and former Louisiana Tech student-athletes begin their quest this week to reach the world’s grandest athletic stage.

In all, Louisiana Tech will have at least nine current or former student-athletes competing in at least five different nation’s championship qualifying meets over the next two weeks in hopes of securing a spot at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil.

It begins this weekend in both the Caribbean and in Europe. Former Lady Techster Ayanna Alexander will compete in the Trinidad and Tobago National Championships at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. First up is the triple jump on June 25, an event she competed in at the XXX Olympiad in London, followed by the long jump on June 26.

Also in the Caribbean this weekend, Bulldog hurdler Tramaine Maloney will compete at National Stadium in Waterford, St. Michael in his home country of Barbados. The hurdler is set to compete in the 110m hurdles on June 25.

Meanwhile in Europe current Lady Techster Chloe Lautric will compete in France’s national championship meet at Stade du Lac du Maine in Angers, France. Her high jump competition is set for June 25.

Jamaica hosts its national championship meet on June 30 through July 3 at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica and Louisiana Tech will be represented by three different current and former athletes with all three competing on July 2. Former Bulldog Jason Morgan, a 2010 Olympian, competes in the discus and will be joined in that competition with Shaun Haughton, another former Bulldog. Current Lady Techster Aprell Williams will also compete that day in the hammer throw.



The United States Olympic Trials will be held at historic Heyward Field in Eugene, Oregon on July 1-10. Chelsea Hayes, a former Lady Techster long jumper and 2010 Olympian, competes in the long jump with the qualifying round on July 1 followed by the finals set for July 2.

Former Bulldog Jarvis Gotch will compete in the men’s long jump with qualifying set for July 2 and the finals scheduled for July 3.

Also on July 2 but across the country in Charlotte, North Carolina, current Bulldog sprinter Jaquvis Hart will compete at the U.S. Paralympic Trials with his sights set on the 2016 Paralympic Games, also in Rio de Janeiro. Last October Hart won gold and set a new world championship record in the 400m for the T47 class at the IPC World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The XXXI Olympiad is set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5-21 while the Paralympic Games will last from Sept. 7-18.

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 Louisiana Tech in the 2016 National Olympic Trials
 Name  Country  Event(s)  Date(s) Competing
  Ayanna Alexander  Trinidad and Tobago  Long Jump, Triple Jump  June 25-26
  Jarvis Gotch  United States  Long Jump  July 2-3
  Jaquvis Hart  United States  400m  July 2
  Chelsea Hayes  United States  Long Jump  July 1-2
  Shaun Haughton  Jamaica  Discus  July 2
  Chloe Lautric  France  High Jump  June 25
  Tramaine Maloney  Barbados  110m Hurdles  June 25
  Jason Morgan  Jamaica  Discus  July 2
  Aprell Williams  Jamaica  Hammer  July 2


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