Chelsea Hayes Sets School Record and Matt Wolfe Runs Fastest Mile since 1989 at the Tyson Invitational

Feb. 12, 2011

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Chelsea Hayes set a school record in the 60m dash and Matt Wolfe ran the fastest mile by any Louisiana Tech runner since 1989 as Tech kicked off action at the prestigious Tyson Invitational Friday on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

Hayes' time of 7.39 in the prelims set a Louisiana Tech record and advanced her to the semifinals where she finished 21st with a time of 7.49. Chasidee Lewis-Baker finished 37th in the prelims with a time of 7.54 while Nancy Shelton ran 7.91 to place 80th.

Wolfe, a sophomore, ran 4:11.43 in the mile to finish fourth overall, beating out all-Big Ten runner Nathan Bohne of Illinois. That marks the fastest mile time by any Louisiana Tech runner since 1989 when Mark Weldon ran 4:11.93 and also ranks fifth all-time in school history.

Also on the men's side, Justin Terry ran the second-fastest 400m time in school history as he finished 13th with a time of 47.59. Josh Goree, the 2010 WAC Freshman of the Year, finished 26th in the 400m with a personal best time of 48.04.

In the 60m hurdles, Billy Ray Walker ran 8.05 in the prelims to place 15th and advance to the semifinals, where he ran 7.97 and finished 12th, three-hundredths of a second faster than Florida State's Tremaine Grant. Walker qualified for the 60m hurdles consolation final, where he placed fourth with a time of 8.04 beating Grant again, this time by two-hundredths of a second.

In the men's 60m dash, freshman Dennis Richardson ran 6.84 in the prelims to claim the last qualifying spot for the semifinals, where he ran 6.84 again to finish 19th. Richardson, the brother of Trindon Holliday, topped Arkansas' LaShawn Butler in the semifinals.

On the women's side, Tiana Davis jumped 20-2.5 in the long jump to finish second and to record the second-best long jump mark in school history. Davis' jump was 3.5 inches better than Miami's Nicole Cummings.

Action at the Tyson Invitational concludes Saturday as Tech continues to compete against some of the top programs in the nation.

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

 

 

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