Chelsea Hayes Wins Three Events as Tech Dominates at Arkansas State Invitational

Jan. 22, 2011

Complete Results

JONESBORO, Ark. - Louisiana Tech's Chelsea Hayes won the 200m dash and long jump and set the school record as she won the 55m dash as Louisiana Tech dominated at the Arkansas State Invitational Saturday in Jonesboro.

Hayes ran a school record time of 6.94 in the prelims before topping that with a time of 6.92 in the 55m dash finals, twice breaking the school record set by Latonia Wilson in 2005. Hayes also won the 200m dash with a time of 24.80 and the long jump with a mark of 19-7 (5.97m). She entered the weekend ranked 18th in the country in the long jump.

Hayes' win in the 200m came as Tech dominated the race. The Lady Techsters had nine athletes finish in the top 10 with only Jasmine Williams of Ole Miss breaking up the pack, finishing second. Tech placed 1-3-4-5-6-7-8-9 in the sprint. In all, the women recorded 35 top-10 finishes in the meet and won five events while the men's team notched 17 top-10 finishes, winning two events.

Quanisha Sales, the 2010 WAC Indoor and Outdoor Freshman of the Year, was on Hayes' heels most of the meet, placing second in the 55m dash with a time of 7.08 and finishing third in the 200m, running 25.23. Stacia Hanneman, the 2009 WAC Indoor Freshman of the Year, finished fourth in the 200m with a time of 25.60. Hanneman also ran on the 4x400m relay team that won with a time of 3:48.32, beating Ole Miss by two seconds.

Chasidee Lewis-Baker, the 2008 WAC Outdoor Freshman of the Year, finished fourth in the 55m dash with a time of 7.12 and fifth in the 200m, running 25.72.

Quatisha Williams won the triple jump with a mark of 38-7.5 (11.77m) leading a Tech trio that finished 1-2-3 in the event. Brittany Guy finished second with a jump of 38-6.75 (11.75m) while Sapphira Brown finished third with a mark of 38-1.5 (11.62m). Markeva Daye finished fifth, jumping 36-7 (11.15m).

 

 

Micarra Vassel finished second in the shot put with a personal best throw of 47-1 (14.35m) while Marcella LeBlanc finished third, throwing 42-7 (13.24m) for a personal best mark of her own.

On the men's side, Billy Ray Walker won the 55m hurdles with a time of 7.47 while Kendall Hayes finished second with a time of 7.69. Walker, a senior who was an NCAA semifinalist in the outdoor 110m hurdles last season, ran the third-fastest 55m hurdles time in school history.

The men's 4x400m relay team also won, running 3:17.05 with a quartet of Josh Goree, Justin Terry, Edward Hadnot and Wade MaGaha.

Tech doesn't return to action until Feb. 11-12 when they return to Arkansas for the Tyson Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas at the Randall Tyson Indoor Track Facility in Fayetteville.

For complete coverage of Tech Track and Field, please visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.

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