Posted Mar 30, 2003 19:45:25
Tech records half dozen regional qualifiers during two day track meet
Despite inclement weather conditions Tech track & field placed six student-athletes into the regional qualifying field while recording four first-place performances during the Tiger Relays held at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge.
The meet, hosted by LSU, took place over Friday and Saturday and featured strong performances from both the Techsters and Bulldogs - from up and down their respected rosters.
On the women's side Shandra Freeman, a native of Baton Rouge, placed second in the 100 meter hurdles while recording a regional qualifying time of 11.63.
Freeman's time was an almost half-second improvement over last weekend's showing.
Senior Chante Threets finished first in the women's 200 meter dash with a blistering time of 24.51.
Sara Gelin set a school record in the 110 meter hurdles for the Techsters with a personal best showing of 14.35, the time netted her a third-place finish.
The Bulldogs also came up big at the meet with junior sprinter Duriel Laird finishing first in the 100 meters with a time of 10.61.
Also performing well in the event was Carlie Fernnadez, who finished third.
Joining Laird at the top of the totum pole was the men's 4X100 meter relay. The squad, composed of Fernandez, Laird, Roland Moore and Brandon Huckaby, took first place in a field of six teams with a season's best performance of 41.47.
Also performing well for the Bulldogs was field athlete Carlos Eugene. The triple jumper hit a qualifying leap of 15.33 meters, which was strong enough for third place finish overall in the triple jump.
Rounding out Tech's strong day was the first place performance of Joy Loyd (1.65m) in the high jump and Tawanna Williams' second place showing (15.05 meters) in the shot put.
The meet featured top Louisiana competition with host LSU joining Tech, UL-Lafayette, ULM, McNeese State, New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana. Joining the state competitors will be Idaho and Saint John's.
Tech returns to action next weekend for the Texas Relays.