WAC track and field championships Ruston bound

May 12, 2010

by Justin Phillips

After a season of highs and lows, personal bests and meet records, the Louisiana Tech track and field program will continue its march toward both a men’s and women’s conference title this weekend as the Western Athletic Conference Championships will be held in Ruston.

In pre-championship predictions, both programs are tabbed to fair well during during the championship weekend, but hurdles still remain for each program. On the women’s side, according to a tabulation of the squad’s season-best marks, the team is slated to win the meet with the closest program finishing with 164 fewer points.

The team’s strengths heading into the competition will once again rely heavily on the Lady Techster sprinters and jumpers.
Headlined by Antoinette Cobb, the senior will look to not only carry the team to a title, but add a few more accolades to what has been one of the best individual season’s in recent program memory. __Cobb is ranked 35th in the world in the 110m hurdles with a blistering time of 13.22 and will look to improve her numbers during her final home meet of her collegiate career.

The team’s strength builds in the event as Tiana Daniels also finds herself with a top 50 world ranking in the 110m hurdles. In the sprint competitions, the Lady Techsters will once again rely heavily on their steadfast junior, Chasidee Lewis-Baker.

Currently ranked 31st in the nation in the 100m dash with a time of 11.53, the junior will look to take the next step in her best event and bring home another conference title.

Freshman Quanisha Sales will also look to contribute significantly in the sprints as she is the only Lady Techster to have a top 10 national ranking in any event. In the 200m dash, Sales’ 23.12 places her ninth in the country.

On the men’s side of the meet, the Bulldogs have been tabbed as runner-up during the pre-championship selections based on the team’s season-best marks. Sitting 53 points behind Utah State in the preliminary rankings, the Bulldogs will look to utilize the strengths of their team in the sprints, relays and throwing events. __The squad will look to lean heavily on the legs of standout-senior Albert Fullwood as the nationally ranked sprinter will look to add to an already stellar season.

In the 400m dash, Fullwood’s time of 46.49 ranks him 36th in the nation while his 200m dash time of 20.93 is enough for 40th. Fullwood will also look to contribute on the men’s stellar 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams which are currently ranked in the top 50 in the nation.

In the throwing events for the men’s team, they will look to rely on the arm of junior Larry Jones. After a junior season campaign which garnered national recognition due to several solid performances, Jones will look to improve upon his best discus throw of the season, 185-1 which ranks him 17th in the nation.

A trio of freshmen in Alwayne Green, Jermaine Morris and Matt Wolfe will look to help the Bulldogs score needed points in the middle distance races as they pursue a conference title.