Men's Indoor Track
Track Teams Open Indoor Season With Strong Effort


Posted Jan 17, 2004 23:21:41
Track Teams Open Indoor Season With Strong Effort

HOUSTON ? Louisiana Tech?s indoor track and field season began on a strong note with several outstanding performances at the University of Houston Indoor Opener at Yeoman Field House on Saturday.

The meet was highlighted by Brigitte LaDouceur?s school record in the 60-meter hurdles. LaDourceur posted a time of 8.35 that is also an NCAA provisional qualifying time in her first meet competing for Tech after transferring from UNLV.

?There were some really good performances for us and it was a great way to open the indoor season particularly on the women?s side,? Tech track and field coach Gary Stanley said.

Team results were not kept at the meet.

The Lady Techsters continued their traditional success in the shot put with a first place finish from Kaia Durrant-Naire with a throw of 46-7 ?.

In flight one, Monica Williams (39-1 3/4) and Shaterika Allen (38-8 3/4) finished first and second.

Freshman Latoina Wilson took home a first place finish in the section one finals of the 60-meter dash with a 7.62 time.

Tech had two strong finishes in the 200 meters with Wilson posting a 25.23 time for a second place in section one while Shandra Freeman came in first place in section two with a 25.39 time.

In the 4X400 meter relay, the Louisiana Tech team of Wilson, Nina Gilbert, Ayanna Alexander and Krystal Cole came in second place after posting a time of 3:45.97.

For the Bulldogs, the meet was highlighted by a second place finish by the distance medley team along with a first place finish in the weight throw.

The distance medley team finished second only to the University of Texas with a time of 10:22.13, ten seconds behind the Longhorns.

Jerry Lapoint recorded a weight throw of 58-4 to win the weight throw competition at the event.

?I was pleased with the performance of our distance medley team along with Lapoint coming in first place in the weight throw and Brandon Huckaby with a good performance in the 200 meters,? Stanley added.

Huckaby posted a first place finish in section 3 of the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.58 while Carlos Arrizon posted a 4:20.00 time to come in second place in section 1 of the mile run competition.

Tech will return to action January 30th at the Bayou Bengal Invitational hosted by LSU in two weeks.