May 10, 2012
Chelsea Hayes won her 11th Western Athletic Conference title and qualified for the finals in two races as action kicked off at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of the University of Idaho Thursday.
Following Thursday’s events, the women’s team was in seventh place with a majority of the Techsters competing during the day only running in preliminary heats. Idaho led after the first day with 51.50 points followed by Fresno State (45), Utah State (43), Hawaii (40.50), New Mexico State (40), Nevada (31) and then Tech (22).
The men’s team ended the day in fourth place after scoring all of the day’s points in the long jump. Idaho was in first place (93 points) followed by Utah State (73), Fresno State (48) then Louisiana Tech (3).
Hayes jumped 20-3.5 (6.18m) to win the long jump, her 11th WAC gold medal won in only a three-year time span. Her mark was more than six inches than the silver medalist and marked her fourth gold medal in the long jump in her career (indoors and outdoors). The New Orleans native also ran 11.29 in the 100m dash prelims and 23.15 in the 200m dash prelims to advance to the finals in both events, posting the fastest prelim times in both races.
In the men’s long jump, Anthony Bushay finished fifth with a jump of 22-1.5 (6.74m) while Deven Henderson jumped 21-11.5 (6.69m) to place sixth. The two jumpers scored all of Tech’s points on the day with no other Bulldog athlete competing in a final.
Dennis Richardson followed Hayes’ lead in the sprints as he ran the fastest 100m dash time (10.43) and 200m dash time (20.95) to advance to Friday’s finals. He was one of four Tech sprinters to move to the finals in the 100m dash along with Trey Hadnot, John Franklin and Ed Ivory while Hadnot and Ivory also advanced to the 200m finals alongside Richardson.
In the women’s shot put, Sabrittany Angelle finished sixth with a throw of 46-11.75, receiving second team all-WAC honors. Marcella LeBlanc finished eighth with a throw of 45-8.5 (13.93m) while Micara Vassell threw 40-0.5 (12.33m) to place 11th.
In the 100m dash, Kimberly Smith (11.75), Victoria Wade (11.82) and Kim Francis (11.89) will move to the finals with Hayes while Stacia Hanneman missed the finals by 0.02 seconds. Hanneman was also barely edged out for the 200m finals with only a 0.01 second differential separating her from the last advancement spot. Wade (24.05), Francis (24.28) and Smith (24.46) all moved on to the 200m finals.
Action at the WAC Championships continues Friday with throwing events beginning at 10 a.m. PT/12 p.m. CT with running events starting at 3 p.m. PT/5 p.m. CT.
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