Jan. 25, 2011
DENVER - Louisiana Tech's Chelsea Hayes was named the Western Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week after claiming three event titles at the Arkansas State Invitational last weekend. Hayes is nationally ranked in all three events.
Hayes, a senior from New Orleans, La. (Butler County CC), had a dominating performance at the Arkansas State Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark., on Jan. 22. Hayes claimed titles in the 55-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the long jump all in the same day. Hayes set a school record in the prelims of the 55m dash, running 6.94 before topping that mark in the finals with a time of 6.92. Her converted time from the 55m to the 60m is 7.44, which ranks her first in the WAC. She claimed the 200m title with a WAC-best time of 24.80.
Not only did she get the job done in the sprints, she also claimed a title in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 7 inches (5.97m), which was just shy of her current top measurement in the WAC (19' 8.75").
With her marks, Hayes is ranked 27th in the nation in the 60m dash, 33rd in the 200m dash and 23rd in the long jump.
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