April 12, 2009
RUSTON-- The Louisiana Tech Track and Field Team captured ten top five finishes and three regional qualifying marks at the Ole Miss Invitational this weekend in Oxford, Miss.
"I think we ran real well this weekend," head coach Gary Stanley said. "We had some good regional qualifying marks along with some marks that will be tops in the conference. I'm excited about how we've performed so far this outdoor season and looking forward to going to LSU next weekend."
Tech was led by a number of impressive performances from it's field athletes. Sophomore Larry Jones had recorded a regional qualifying mark in every meet this season and this meet was no different. Jones placed second in the discus throw with a regional qualifying throw of 177' 07". The Ruston native finished behind former Tech thrower Jason Morgan who was competing unattached.
Not to be outdone, senior Nadia Alexander recorded two top five finishes in the woman's discus and shot put. Alexander finished third in the shot put with a regional qualifying throw of 51' 0" and fifth in the discus with a throw of 146' 11".
Also in field events jumper Jonathan Keys earned a top five finish in the triple jump with a season best jump of 48' 10.25". Quatisha Williams and Brittney Guy each earned top five finishes in the woman's triple jump and had season best jumps as well. Williams placed third with a jump of 40' 0" while Guy finished fourth with a jump of 39' 10".
In the track events the Techsters were led by sophomore sprinter Chasidee Lewis-Baker who finished third in the 100m with a regional qualifying time of 11.50 which is tops in the conference.
The Techster's relay teams each performed well too with the 4X100 team of Lewis-Baker, Stacia Hanneman, Nancy Shelton and Antoinette Cobb finished third with a time of 46.15 seconds. The 4X400 team of Hanneman, Shelton, Lashannda Worthy and Shante Benion finished fifth at 3:47.91.
The Tech track and field team will continue the outdoor season next weekend as they travel to Baton Rouge, La. To compete in the Alumni Gold Invitational.