Updated Jan 14, 2005 08:59:01
Indoor Track and Field Opens the Season with High Hopes
HOUSTON- The Louisiana Tech track and field teams open the 2005 season at the Houston Indoor Opener on Saturday.
Tech enters the season with high hopes for both the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters after an outstanding 2004 season.
"Our goals are very high this year especially for the women after coming in second last year at the WAC Championships for both the indoor and outdoor seasons," said Tech track and field head coach Gary Stanley.
This will be the first meet of the indoor season with Tech also running at LSU later this month.
"The indoor season is such a short season, we only have three meets before the WAC meet so all of our focus will be on getting better each week so we can peak at the WAC Championships at the end of February," Stanley said.
A solid group of seniors lead the Lady Techsters with Shandra Freeman, Ayanna Alexander, Doria Appleberry and Crystlle Church. Tech also has several
underclassmen returning after solid campaign a year ago led by Nina Gilbert who was the WAC indoor freshman of the year last season. The sprint and relay events figure to be the strength of the women's team once again.
"This weekend is the season opener and we want to go down there and have a good start to the season," Stanley said. "We have several newcomers who have never ran indoors so I am looking forward to seeing how they perform in a different environment than they are accustomed to."
The men should be strong again in the middle distance races with returning seniors David Phillips and Stefan Malmqvist. Nolan Jackson is Tech's top returning sprinter/hurdler coming off a WAC title a year ago. The Bulldogs are also aiming toward breaking the school record in the distance medley relay.
The events start at 9 a.m. with the field events and continue thought the day with the men's mile relay scheduled for a 4:50 p.m start time at Yeoman Field House.