Updated Aug 4, 2006 08:59:42
Track and Field Athletes See Success at National Meet
CARTENGA, Columbia -- Louisiana Tech senior thrower Jason Morgan had added another medal to his collection; this time at the Central American and Columbian games with a personal best throw of 189 feet for a second place finish.
?(Morgan)'s great showing at his National Championship and the CAC Championship at which he represented Jamaica is also great publicity and endorsement for our throws program and our program in general,? Tech throws coach Larry Carmichael said. ?Everyone knows where he goes to school and who he has represented in the States for the past two years. In Jamaica, track and field is a major sport. Morgan's performance in Columbia was televised back to Jamaica, he was interviewed by the local television and radio media, and was swarmed by kids asking for autographs. There are no meets in this country to rival the Jamaican national high school track championships.?
Morgan has taken the discus by storm in the conference and on a national level. The Jamaica native won the individual championship in the discus at the 2006 WAC Championships, and was also the Mideast Regional Champion after throwing a personal best (at the time) of 188-7, a mark certainly improved from the mid-170?s he was throwing before he came to Louisiana Tech under Carmichael?s direction from Central Arizona.
?He was actually a better shot putter before he came here,? Carmichael said.
Sophomore thrower Nadia Alexander also competed at the games and had an eighth place finish to represent her country and her university in the shot put with a throw of 48-1. Former Tech All-American Olivia McKoy added a fourth place finish in the javelin with a throw of 186-5.