Gough and Wade take home event crowns at McNeese Invitational

GO CARDINALS </b>Becky Gough took home the mile run title on Friday at the McNeese Invitational.</b>
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Becky Gough took home the mile run title on Friday at the McNeese Invitational.
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Jan. 18, 2013

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LAKE CHARLES, La. - Joe Wade and Becky Gough made the most out of their return to indoor track season on Friday as each took home the title in the mile run and helping the Lamar track team to a successful day at the McNeese Invitational.

Wade completed the race in 4:11.91, and Gough finished in 5:09.08. Kaitlynn Warren also raced in the event, ending fourth at 5:36.95.

"I think Joe and Becky looked really good today, and that the kind of expectation we have for our returners," head coach Trey Clark said. "Those two have shown themselves more than capable over the years, and I was excited to see them start off their final indoor season that way."

Aside from Gough and Wade, 15 other Cardinal athletes finished in the top five of their respective event at the meet, which was not scored.

"I'm pleased with what we did today, but we certainly have work to do," Clark said. "I was happy with the way that our freshmen kids responded in their first-ever collegiate meet and the way that our upperclassmen stepped up with their leadership. We competed in event after event. This is a good start for us, but it's not how you start, it's how you finish."

On the men's side, Zach Hicks led the Cards in the 55-meter dash, clocking in at 6.61 seconds to finish second. Trey Finnex was fifth at 6.68.

Treyvon Davis also took home runner-up honors, finishing second in the 400 at 51.43. Ronnie Whitty was fourth at 52.14.

Jared Parker topped 4.45 meters in the pole vault to finish third.

TaMar Hicks and Alex De La Garza rounded out the individual top-five finishes for the men. Hicks completed the 800 in 2:07.77 and De La Garza clocked in at 8:40.05 in the 3,000-meter run.

For the women, Leslie Beard put up a second place finish in the pole vault with a 3.50-meter effort. Hannah Callaway ended fourth at 3.20 and Shelby Johnston was fifth at 3.05.

Sarah Shim and Nora-Beth Saunders came in third in each of their races, Shim finishing the 400 in 1:00.86 and Saunders the 3,000 in 10:47.75.

Saschelle Slaughter was involved in a pair of fourth place showings, completing the 55-meter dash in 7.34 seconds and joining with Elzbieta Gawron, Shakevia Fleeks and Chasity Peters to complete the 4x400 relay in 4:01.29.

Beatrice Douglas put up a 5.78-meter long jump to finish fifth.

Both Cardinal squads will return to action next week at the Houston Invitational.

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