Posted Jun 12, 2004 00:05:14
Track and Field Season Ends at NCAA Championships
AUSTIN, Texas - Louisiana Tech?s phenomenal track and field season came to a close on Friday night as several Lady Techsters came up short of the finals at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Mike A. Meyers Stadium.
Tech took nine athletes to the event; it's most since the 1987 season and the most of any Louisiana school with the exception of LSU.
Javelin thrower Brenda-Grace Hunt had a throw 152-10 in the prelims but posted a throw of 155-1 in the semifinals on Friday. However, the sophomore came up just short of an all-American honor as she finished in 10th place at the event.
?I am proud of the way all of our athletes competed,? Tech head coach Gary Stanley said. ?It would have been nice to have someone qualify for the finals but this is truly one of the best track meets in the world and we will be seeing several of the athletes running in the Olympics later this summer.?
Ayanna Alexander could not match her all-American honor during the indoor season and finished 16th overall in the triple jump after coming in ranked 18th. The top 12 advanced to the finals that will be on Saturday. The WAC triple jump champ had a jump of 42- 1 1/2 in Friday's prelims.
Alexander had 43- 1 3/4 mark two weeks ago at the Mid-East Regional to break her school record but could not match that performance at the NCAA Championships.
?We had one of our best years ever and I am looking forward to next season. We expect to be very good next year with the number of athletes we have coming back,? Stanley added.
Doria Appleberry came in 17th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.68, as the junior did not advance to the finals.
Freshman Nine Gilbert won the Texas High School 5A 400-meters title a year ago at Meyers Stadium and ran a 53.72 in the prelims on Friday. It was not enough for Gilbert to advance.
All eight of the women who qualified for the NCAA Championships will be back competing for Tech next year with many of them being freshmen or sophomores.