Feb. 28, 2008
NAMPA, Idaho -- Louisiana Tech's women's track and field squad will try to capture its third championships in four years this weekend at the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Jacksons Track in Nampa, Idaho.
The women were edged out last season by Cal-State Northridge by only 3.5 points which kept the Techsters from capturing their third consecutive crown.
The challenge this season, however, is while the team is certainly talented, a lot of old and familiar faces have graduated which leaves a very new team.
"I think it's a totally different team with a different personality," Tech track and field head coach Gary Stanley said. "It's going to be a huge challenge for us. We plan on competing as hard as we can and trying to win it."
Tech, as a whole, leads seven of the categories on the conference list which includes the freshman Chasidee Lewis in the 60 meter dash, senior Lasadies McClain in the 200, sophomore Al Fullwood in the 400, senior Nadia Alexander in the shot and both the men's and women's 4x400 and the men's distance medley relay.
Stanley added that while he knows his team is talented, his underclassmen are going to have to step up to help win another title for Louisiana Tech.
"With freshmen, you don't know how they're going to handle it," Stanley said. "Everything they do for 48 hours is critical. We feel we'll have a better idea after we go through this once. We have to stay focused and dialed in."
The meet will wrap up Saturday evening.