June 13, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Louisiana Tech's nationally renowned 4x400 relay team took a ninth-place finish in the finals of the 2009 NCAA National Meet Saturday afternoon after running a time of 3 minutes, 38.68 seconds on live television.
"I'm very proud of these young ladies," Tech head coach Gary Stanley said. "Only one of the four legs was a senior, so the future is very bright. It was a great year."
Overall, the Techsters made a strong showing at the national meet after returning as 2009 Indoor and Outdoor Western Athletic Conference Champions. The Techsters had guaranteed themselves four top 25 finishers in the United States and five in the top 30 over the entire meet.
Senior Nadia Alexander finished her Tech career with a tenth place finish in the women's shot earlier in the week with a throw of 52 feet, 6 inches.
Chipping in with two top 25 performances were junior Antoinette Cobb and Wright. Cobb finished 19th in the U.S. in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.74 seconds. Wright's 400m time of 55.03 seconds earned her a 25th place finish in the nation.
Stroy added a top 30 performance finishing 27th in the 400m with a time of 55.13 seconds.
Tech has one final meet to attend in the summer at the USA Junior/Senior National Championships in Eugene, Ore., beginning Wednesday, June 24.