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Tech sprints to NCAA meet

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Francis, 400-meter relay team lead qualifiers
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Pictured is the Louisiana Tech University women’s 400-meter relay team that set the school record at the 2012 NCAA East Preliminary championships with a time of 41.11. The team consisted of (from left) Kimberly Smith, Chelsea Hayes, Stacia Hanneman and Victoria Wade.

Kim Francis was speechless.

She had a good reason to be that way, too.

On Saturday, the sensational sophomore hurdler for Louisiana Tech University clocked 13.4 to finish No. 12 in the 100-meter high event at the NCAA’s annual East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla.

A day after having registered a personal best of 13.23 in the first round of that event, Francis wound up in the top dozen and earned a berth in the NCAA’s outdoor championship meet set for Des Moines, Iowa., June 6-9.

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