Posted Mar 31, 2004 10:48:33
Track and Field to Compete at Texas Relays
AUSTIN, Texas - Louisiana Tech will compete in the 76th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays beginning on Thursday as the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters will go up against some of the nation’s elite.
The Texas Relays is one of the largest and most prestigious track and field competitions of the outdoor season.
“This is not your typical track meet,” Tech head track and field coach Gary Stanley said. “This is as close to a national meet as you can get with all of the top teams competing in it.”
Tech will send some highly ranked athletes to the competition, including the women’s 400 and 1,600-meter relays
The 1,600-meter relay is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation after running a 3:35.98 last week at the LSU Tiger Relays. Doria Appleberry, Nina Gilbert, Latonia Wilson and Krystal Cole also had a strong indoor season, setting the
Western Athletic Conference Championships record in addition to a school record while winning the WAC title.
The 400-meter relay is ranked No. 11 currently after posting a time of 45.18 last weekend. Appleberry, Wilson and Cole also run on the 400-meter relay and Shandra Freeman joins them.
“Anytime you can get ranked as high as we are in the relays that is good,” Stanley said. “It will a great test this weekend since all of the top relay teams will be at the Texas Relays.
Tech has several athletes that have posted NCAA regional qualifying marks and many more that can post regional marks with a little improvement.
“We want to build on what we did last week at LSU,” Stanley added. “We are running a couple of different types of relays in the 800 meter relay for the women and the 3,200 meter relay for the men.”
Ed McCall is the lone Bulldog to post a qualifying mark and he did so in the long jump
On the women’s side, Shandra Freeman (100 meters), Doria Appleberry (100 and 400 meter hurdles), 400 meter relay, 1,600 meter relay, Tawanna Williams (shot put), Kaia Durrant-Nairne (shot put), and Brenda-Grace Hunt (javelin) have also qualified for the Mideast Regional that will be hosted by LSU in May.
The meet will last until Saturday with mostly preliminary heats taking place on Thursday and Friday. The field events finals are on Friday with the majority of the running event finals taking place on Saturday.