March 8, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Louisiana Tech sprinter Trey Hadnot smashed his own school record and finished third in the 200m dash at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday at the Randall Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.
Hadnot ran 20.48 in the finals to finish third overall, beating his own school record of 20.81 ran earlier this year in Fayetteville. The junior from Ruston ran 20.83 in the semifinal round.
“I just felt it [in the finals],” Hadnot said after the race. “I told coach that my second race is always my better race and it was again tonight. They started me in the top lane [lane six] and I just felt it coming down out of the curve.”
This marks the first time in three tries Hadnot has advanced to the finals at an NCAA Championship event. Hadnot finished in the semifinals of the 200m at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships and at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships.
“I just felt a sigh of relief,” Hadnot said of finally making the finals. “I finally go there. It was just a mental thing because I knew I could physically do it. My training was there this year, my body is in top shape and getting to the finals was just a matter of breaking that mental barrier for me.”
Advancing to the finals comes with a first team All-America honor, to be officially bestowed on Hadnot by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. That will mark the 54th All-America honor won by a Louisiana Tech track and field athlete and the third for Hadnot. Of the 54 All-America honors, 35 (65 percent) have come while Gary Stanley has been head coach.
“That was a huge performance for Trey Hadnot,” said head coach Gary Stanley. “It was a very composed effort for him, especially it being his first time in the finals at an NCAA Championship event. Sprints coach Calvin Robinson did a great job in preparing him for the NCAA Championships.”
The NCAA Championship performance wraps up the indoor season for Louisiana Tech. The program will open the outdoor season on March 16 as Tech hosts the Jim Mize Invitational at the Jim Mize Track and Field Facility in Ruston.
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