June 23, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Louisiana Tech’s Chelsea Hayes continued her amazing season late Friday as she advanced to the semifinal round in the 100m dash at the U.S. Olympic Trials at historic Heyward Field in Eugene.
Hayes ran 11.44 and finished second in her heat to automatically advance to Saturday’s semifinal round. Only Carmelita Jeter, a professional sprinter sponsored by Nike, beat her in the heat. The top three finishers in each heat advance out of the qualifying round and to the semifinal round.
In the semifinal round, slated for 5:40 p.m. CT Saturday, Hayes will be in lane six and will be competing against four professional sprinters (including Jeter) as well as sprinters from UCF and Murray State. The top two finishers in each of the three heats plus the next two best times will advance for an eight-person finals to be run Saturday at 7:52 p.m. CT.
Hayes had the 21st best time overall and will need to improve upon her 0.235 reaction time to make the next round. Her start (reaction time) has been the most challenging part of her race this year and can make or break a race in the 100m dash.
Prior to traveling to Eugene, Hayes has been training alongside former Louisiana Tech sprinter Michael Coleman to help with her starts. Coleman is also in Eugene this week having qualified to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200m.
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