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Tech track chasing titles early on in 2012

January 26, 2012

 

Derek Amaya
Sports Reporter

 

Louisiana Tech’s men’s and women’s track teams are heading to the ASTATE Invitational in hopes to continue their success on the women’s side and improve on the men’s side in indoor meets Friday in Jonesboro, Ark.

 

The Bulldogs were impressive in the season opener at the Blazer Invitational with senior Chelsea Hayes winning two events for the Lady Techsters and senior Alwayne Green capturing top individual performer honors for the men’s side.

 

Hayes won the 60-meter run and the 200-m and was one of five individual winners on the women’s side. She set a course record in the 60-m with a time of 7.41 and in the 200-meters with a time of 24.19.

 

Another upperclassman, junior Micarra Vassell, won the shot put, throwing 49 ft., 6.25 inches.

 

Freshman Kenyattia Hackworth and sophomore Kim Francis helped the women’s accomplish even more as Hackworth won the long jump and Francis too the 60-m hurdles with a time of 8.61.

 

“All of those were good performances,” head coach Gary Stanley said in a press release. “Vassell’s was a lifetime best for her. It was a good season opener for us. Obviously Hayes had a tremendous meet.”

 

The men were also impressive as Green placed second in the 800-m with a time of 1:54.87 and Jermaine Morris, a junior, placed sixth in the same race with a time of 1:56.77.

 

Kendall Hayes, a sophomore, placed seventh in the 60-m hurdles with a time of 8.06.

 

“This is a whole different group of kids,” Stanley said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s my challenge to blend these new people together and make them into a championship team.”

 

Tech heads to the ASTATE Invitational having high expectations and Stanley expects great things from his squad as long as they focus on the doing the little things in order to win.

 

“If they just listen to Coach Shawn (Jackson), our sprints coach, we will be able to score a ton of points,” Stanley said. “He’s been here for 16 years. Coach (Larry) Carmichael, our throws coach, has been here for 22 years. The fact that these guys stay here attributes to our success.”

 

 

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