Feb. 15, 2009
RUSTON--Louisiana Tech's men's indoor 4X400 relay team set a new school record with a time of 3:12.07 this weekend in College Station, Texas in the Texas A&M Invitational.
The previous school record in the men's 4X400 was 3:13.51 set in 1988.
The Bulldogs finished in 10th place overall out of 18 teams in this weekend's meet at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The 10th place finish put the Bulldog's ahead of such teams as the University of Miami and TCU. Texas A&M's men's team came out on top as the overall winners.
The Lady Techsters also had a strong showing finishing 14th out of 21 total teams. Texas claimed the overall women's title.
"We had a lot of good efforts against some of the best track teams in the United States," said Louisiana Tech head track Coach Gary Stanley. "We set a new school record in the men's 4X400, which beat a record that has stood since 1988."
The record setting team consists of all "home grown" products in Shreveport, La. native Albert Fullwood (C.E Byrd HS), Demonte Willis, Homer, La. (Homer HS) and Michael Coleman and Wade McGaha, both from Ruston (Ruston HS). The team's time of 3:12.07 earned them a sixth place finish.
Other top ten finishes for the Bulldogs include:
Coleman finished fifth in the 60m dash with a time of 6.86 seconds as well as a ninth place finish in the 200m with a time of 21.56 to go along with his record setting 4X400 relay time.
Sophomore Billy Walker finished fifth in the 60m Hurdles with a time of 8.08 seconds.
Willis took home a seventh place finish in the 400m with a time of 48.18 to go along with his record setting showing in the 4X400 relay.
Freshman Jack Ramstead chipped in with a fifth place showing in the 5,000m finishing with a time of 15:48.05.
Sophomore Jonathan Keys finished ninth in the triple jump with a jump measuring 49' 2.25".
Top ten finishes for the Lady Techsters include:
A seventh place finish in the 60m hurdles from Antoinette Cobb with a time of 8.56 seconds.
The women's 4X400 women's team of El Charrita Reynolds, Kamelia Stroy, Stacia Hanneman and Monique Wright finished seventh and improved their conference leading time once again and now lead the conference with a time of 3:41.80.
In addition to her showing in the 4X400 relay, Stroy also finished eighth in the 400 with a time of 54.95 seconds.
In field events Quatisha Williams led the way with a seventh place finish in the long jump with a jump of 19' 4.75".
Junior Tierah Hall finished 10th in the shot put with a throw of 46' 2.75".
The meet served as the final regular season meet of the indoor season for Louisiana Tech, who will travel to Boise, Idaho in two weeks for the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on the weekend of February 27 and 28 followed by the NCAA Championships on March 13 and 14.