NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Louisiana Tech senior Jarvis Gotch finished as the runner-up and recorded the fourth-best long jump mark in school history as action on the first day of the Vanderbilt Invitational wrapped up late Friday in Nashville.
Gotch jumped 25-10 (7.87m) and held the lead until North Carolina State’s Jonathan Addison beat him by an inch on the final attempt in the competition.
Following Friday’s action, Gotch’s mark not only ranks fourth in school history but is also fourth in the nation this season.
It’s called the “Fred Dean Pro Day Camp” on Saturday, but it easily could be a gathering of well-known and highly-successful linemen, both currently and formerly employed in the National Football League.
Throw in a linebacker who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame almost a year ago and you’ve got the makings of the best early spring youth instructional clinic ever sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
Youngsters in Ruston, Lincoln Parish and the surrounding area who want to learn the game of football from the best will get their chance later this month.
Louisiana Tech University’s track and field program registered 15 finishes in the Top Three with four event winners at the Stephen F. Austin Invitational held at the Fletcher Garner Track in Nacogdoches, Texas, last weekend.
High jumper Pamela Lee tied a personal record with a mark of 5-8.75, as she won the women’s high jump competition.
Her mark, which beat Wichita State’s J’Lynn Ledesma by 1.75 inches, ranks second in school history and less than two inches from Ayana Walker’s school record high jump mark of 5-10.5 set in 2000.
In conjunction with the anniversary No. 30 of the Lady Techsters’ inaugural women’s basketball national championship, Louisiana Tech University will hold a reunion for former players, coaches and support staff from all three of the national title teams on Jan. 22.