April 24, 2009
RUSTON--The Louisiana Tech Track and Field squad will be competing in the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa this Friday and Saturday, the team's second to last meet before the WAC outdoor Championships.
"This is a very prestigious meet that has athletes from all over the world competing in it," Tech head coach Gary Stanley said. "We are honored to be running in the meet again this year and we hope to have some good marks this weekend."
While the majority of the Tech team is competing at the Drake Relays, throwers Nadia Alexander and Larry Jones have been competing at the Penn Relays this week. Thursday Alexander competed in the shot put and ended up winning the championship with a school record throw of 54' 8.75". Alexander also held the previous record at Tech. The Kingston, Jamaica native also won the high school division shot put championship at the Penn Relays when she was a senior in high school.
Jones competed in the discus on Friday and finished fifth with a throw of 180' 11". He is set to compete in the javelin Saturday.
The rest of the Tech team is coming off of a very strong performance last weekend at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational in Baton Rouge, La. in which the men's and women's teams combined to give Tech eight regional qualifying marks in the meet. One of those marks was Billy Walker's 110m hurdle mark of 14.07 which is tops in the WAC and earned him conference Athlete of the Week.
Check back with www.latechsports.com for results on how the Bulldogs and Techsters perform at the Penn Relays on Saturday.