Feb. 24, 2012
BOISE, Idaho - Louisiana Tech redshirt senior Chelsea Hayes set a pair of Western Athletic Conference Championship records Friday as action continued at the WAC Championships in Boise.
Hayes set a new school, facility, conference and WAC Championship record in the 60m with a prelim-leading time of 7.24 in the 60m dash. Less than 15 minutes after that record-setting race, Hayes jumped 21-2 (6.45m) to set a new WAC Championship record in the long jump and claiming the event’s gold medal as well as the first team points of the meet for the Lady Techsters.
A native of New Orleans, Hayes ended the day with the nation’s second-best long jump mark and fourth-best 60m time while advancing to the finals in the 60m and 200m dashes.
Three Techsters advanced to the 400m finals with Taneka Henderson leading the way with a personal record time of 56.20 and a fifth-place finish. Monique Wright ran 56.32 to finish sixth and Aldresha Bailey ran 56.66 to place seventh.
On the men’s side, Trey Hadnot ran the second-fastest 200m time in school history with a mark of 21.15 to advance to the finals with fourth other Bulldogs. Hadnot entered this week’s meet ranked 11th in the nation in the 200m. Josh Goree ran a personal record time of 21.44 to finish second, Dennis Richardson ran a new personal best time of 21.67 to place third, Ed Ivory placed seventh with a time of 22.39 and John Franklin finished eighth with a time of 22.60 as all five sprinters advance to Saturday’s finals.
In the 60m hurdles prelims, Kendall Hayes ran 8.13 to finish second and advance to the finals. Yusuf Muhammad joins him in the finals Saturday with at prelims time of 8.55 and a fourth-place finish. Jeremy Devers just missed out on the finals with a ninth-place finish with a time of 8.86.
The Bulldogs went 3-4-5-6 in the 400m prelims with all four sprinters advancing to Friday’s finals. Gilbert Julian led the way with a personal best time of 49.31 with Goree running 49.37 to place fourth. Muhammad ran 49.79 to finish fifth while Hadnot ran 50.12 to finish sixth.
In other track action, Olivia Lukasewich ran the school’s seventh-fastest time in the 800m as she placed 11th with a time of 2:16.79.
The men’s distance medley relay was set to finish second entering the final leg but Matt Wolfe was unable to finish the relay with an apparent hamstring. In the women’s DMR, the Lady Techsters finished seventh with a time of 13:35.21, the fourth-fastest time in school history.
At the conclusion of the first day, Louisiana Tech’s women were in seventh place while the men’s team was in third.
Action at the 2012 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships continues Saturday with field events beginning at noon CT/11 a.m. MT and running events beginning at 2 p.m. CT/1 p.m. MT. The entire day’s action will be shown live on WAC.tv for a $5.95 fee.
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