Feb. 13, 2009
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech's indoor track and field team will travel to College Station, Texas to compete against 20 other teams in the two-day Texas A&M Invitational this Valentine's day weekend in the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
Based on rankings released by United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association this week, Tech will be competing against 12 top 25 ranked programs at the Texas A&M Invitational, which begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Louisiana Tech is coming off a two week break from competition which they used to prepare for this meet. Tech's last meet was the Arkansas Razorback Invitational on Jan. 23 and 24, an unscored meet.
Ranked participants from the women's field will be Texas A&M who are ranked number one in the nation, No. 6 Texas, N. 10 Arizona State, No. 14 Texas Tech, No. 22 Miami, No. 23 UTEP and No. 25 Baylor. The Arizona State team won the women's NCAA Indoor title last season.
The top ranked men's team at the Texas A&M Invitational will be No. 2 Arizona State, the defending NCAA Indoor Champions, followed by Texas A&M at No. 4., No. 7 Texas, No. 9 Texas Tech, and No. 21 Baylor.
Teams competing also include Houston, Northwestern State, Rice, Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M Corpus-Christi, Texas Southern, Texas State, Texas-Arlington, and Texas-Pan American.
Top performers for the Lady Techsters so far this season include: The women's 4X400 relay team ranks number one in the conference with a time of 3:44.30, topping second ranked Boise State by a full three seconds.
Sophomore Chasidee Lewis-Baker is currently ranked first in the conference in the 60m with a time of 7.59 seconds. Junior Antoinette Cobb ranks fourth in the conference in the 60m as well as fourth in the 60m hurdles.
Top performers for the Bulldogs at this point in the season include: Senior Michael Coleman who ranks first in the WAC in the 200m with a time of 21.64 seconds as well as third in the 60m with a time of 6.91 seconds.
The men's 4X400 relay team has excelled this season, leading the conference with a time of 3:13.15 which is close to a school record.
The men's 4,000m Distance Medley Relay team also holds a first place ranking in the conference with a time of 10:29.47, fifteen seconds faster than the second place Boise State relay team.
Senior Kinsey Dinnel sits at the top of the conference standings in the mile run with a time of 4:13.21.
Junior Albert Fullwood ranks second in the conference in the 200m as well as the 400m.
Sophomore Demonte Willis ranks third in the WAC in the 400m right behind teammate Fullwood.
Sophomore Jonathan Keys is currently ranked third in the WAC in the triple jump.
Friday's events will begin at 5 p.m. while Saturday's events will begin at 1 p.m.