Tech track and field has historic weekend in Nashville

February 5, 2017


Alex Heard
Staff Reporter | amh072@latech.edu


History was made in Tennessee.


Louisiana Tech’s track and field teams finished their second indoor competition of the season with several top finishes this past weekend at the Vanderbilt Invitational.


Tech had eight Top 10 finishes by both the men and women. Gregory Ballard started things off great at the invitational by setting a new Louisiana Tech record in the men’s pole vault Friday night. He finished sixth overall with a mark of 16-0.75 (4.90m), which broke a school record that stood for over 30 years.


Tamario Lattin also had an impressive weekend for LA Tech by recording three Top 10 finishes in three separate events, including finishing as high as second place in the men’s long jump on Friday with a mark of 24-6.25 (7.47m). Lattin also finished ninth in the high jump Friday with a mark of 6-8.0 (2.03m). Lattin kept things going on Saturday when he finished third in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 49-5.0 (15.06m).
In Friday’s 5,000-meter race, Manoah Kiptum ran well with another Top 10 finish by placing ninth with a final time of 15:41.04.


The women showed out as well. The Lady Techsters had three Top 10 finishes between Alexis Hyshaw, Denisha Henix and Asia Abron. On Saturday, Hyshaw placed eighth in the women’s 60-meter finals with a time of 7.73. Abron, on the other hand, competed in the shot put and finished 10th with a mark of 42-9.0 (13.03m). Friday, Henix finished the women’s long jump in ninth place with a mark of 19-2.5 (5.85m).


Tech’s squads will be back at it on Feb. 5 at the South Alabama Crossplex in Birmingham, Alabama.


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