Posted Feb 22, 2006 13:59:25
Louisiana Tech Indoor Track and Field to Compete in WAC Championships
BOISE, Idaho -- After another great season, the Louisiana Tech indoor track and field team will travel to Boise State for the WAC Championships beginning Thursday, Feb. 23.
“It’s a lot closer this year than last year,” head coach Gary Stanley said. “There are three or maybe four teams that have a chance to win.”
Both senior Donesha Spivey and junior Latonia Wilson have the top two marks in the 2006 season in the 60-meter and 200-meter, while Nina Gilbert has the best time in the 400-meter for the conference.
The women’s 4x400 is also currently first with a time of 3:37.71 minutes set at the Razorback Invitational. Spivey is also at the top in the long jump.
Tech’s team has a chance to win its second consecutive championship in the women’s side and is looking to do well in the men’s also.
Senior hurdler Nolan Jackson is leading the WAC in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.86 seconds set at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 20, while the men’s 4x400 is a tenth of a second off Boise State’s top time for the season.
“Basically, last year we doubled the score of the second place finisher,” Stanley said. “It’s a close race. We have the chance to win the whole thing or even finish fourth. We need to go in and have a solid meet so we can have a chance.”
Even after winning it all last year, Stanley said that this is a new season and he doesn’t want his kids to suffer from having high expectations.
“We’re not thinking repeat,” Stanley said. “We’re not getting extra points just from winning last year’s championship. This is a new year.”