Chelsea Hayes Finishes 16th in Olympic Long Jump



Aug. 7, 2012

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LONDON, United Kingdom - Louisiana Tech‘s Chelsea Hayes completed a magical senior year at Tech Tuesday as she finished 16th in the women’s long jump at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Hayes mark of 20-10.75 (6.37m) placed her 16th overall and eighth in her group with the top 12 advancing to the medal round. The last mark to advance to the medal round was 21-0 (6.40m), only 1.25 inches better than Hayes’ mark.

A native of New Orleans, her opening jump of 20-0.5 (6.11m) left her in 23rd place before she jumped her 20-10.75 mark and vaulting her into 12th place. Other jumpers had dropped her to 15th before her final jump of 29-10.25 (6.05m) left her out of the 12-person final medal round.

Following the competition, Hayes tweeted, "Thanks everyone that supported me fell short but I'm not done this is just the beginning... But had the BEST collegiate season ever"

Her Olympic qualifying long jump mark of 23-3.5 (7.10m) will likely stand as a Louisiana Tech and Western Athletic Conference record for some time and is even a collegiate best mark.

Hayes was the third athlete from Louisiana Tech to compete in the Olympics with all three athletes competing in three different events while representing three different countries.

Yesterday Tech alumnus Jason Morgan threw 188-6 (57.46m) as he finished 19th in Group A and 39th overall in the competition for Jamaica. He is a 2007 graduate of LA Tech and resides in Ruston, La. Last Friday, Louisiana Tech alumna Ayanna Alexander finished 14th in the women’s triple jump as she competed for her native Trinidad & Tobago. A 2005 graduate of Tech, Alexander currently resides in Virginia.

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