Posted Apr 13, 2005 15:05:49
Track and Field Attracting National Attention
RUSTON, La.- The Louisiana Tech women’s track and field squad is off this weekend after catapulting to very high in the national rankings following an outstanding performance at the Texas Relays.
The outstanding individual performances have the Lady Techsters on the verge of breaking into the top-25 as a team.
Brenda-Grace Hunt is the top-ranked javelin thrower in the country with a mark of 186 feet, 8 inches that helped the junior take first place at the Texas Relays.
Doria Appelberry is rated high nationally in both the 100 and 400-meter hurdles. The senior is ranked 7th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.98 and is 19th in the 100-meter hurdles with at top time this season of 13.57.
Sophomore Latonia Wilson also comes in with a high ranking of No. 12 in the 200 meters after a time of 23.45 earlier in the outdoor season.
Ayanna Alexander’s triple jump of 42-1 gives her the 13th longest jump of the season.
The Lady Techsters 400 and 1,600-meter relays have also been turning heads while finishing in the top-six at the Texas Relays last weekend.
Both relays are ranked No. 6 and are both the school record holders. The 400-meter relay has clocked a time of 44.25, run by Nina Gilbert, Latonia Wilson, Donesha Spivey and Doria Appleberry.
The mile relay of Appleberry, Gilbert, Wilson and Krystal Cole is rated sixth after setting the Tech record with a time of 3:34.86 on Saturday at the Texas Relays.
The Bulldogs also have a pair of athletes ranked in the top 30.
Johnathan Holland has adjusted extremely well to his first season of track and field at the collegiate level. Holland just missed a school record with a 10.26 in the 100 meters to come in fourth at the Texas Relays on Saturday to rank him 8th nationally.
Hurdler Nolan Jackson also has an outstanding time of 14.08 in the 110-meter hurdles to rank him 26th.