Louisiana Tech Track and Field Claims Three of the Four WAC Weekly Honors

Feb. 15, 2011

DENVER - Louisiana Tech's track and field program came close to a full sweep Tuesday as the Western Athletic Conference honored three of Tech's track and field athletes after a stellar weekend of competition. New Orleans native Chelsea Hayes, Baton Rouge native Jonathan Keys and Tiana Davis were honored by the league office.

Hayes, a senior from New Orleans, La. (Butler County CC), had a great showing against top collegiate competition at the Tyson Invitational Feb. 11-12 in Fayetteville, Ark. Hayes took 18th-palce in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.39 seconds as she competed against athletes from conferences such as the SEC, ACC, Pac-10, Big 12 and Big Ten. Hayes' time of 7.39 is a new school record and was only five-hundredths of a second away from breaking the WAC all-time record of 7.34, held by Monica Twam of TCU, set in 2001. Her time in the 60m is the best in the WAC this season and is also the 29th best time in the nation. Hayes also ran in the 200-meters where she finished 38th with a time of 24.47, which was 0.17 off her WAC-leading time of 24.30 this season. This marks the second time this year that Hayes has garnered a WAC Athlete of the Week honor.

Keys, a junior from Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic HS), excelled against top collegiate competition from conferences such as the SEC, ACC, Pac-10, Big 12 and Big Ten at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Feb. 11-12. Keys recorded the third-best triple jump in Louisiana Tech school history with a leap of 50 ft., 4 in., as he finished in second place in the event. Keys recorded the best triple jump mark in the WAC this season and is currently ranked 48th in the nation in the event.

Davis, a senior from Kansas City, Mo. (Barton County CC), set a personal-best record in the long jump over the weekend at the Tyson Invitational. Davis finished in second-place in the event against some of the top collegiate competition in the country with a leap of 20 ft., 2.5 in. (6.16m). Her mark is nearly six inches better than any other WAC jumper has posted this season. Davis now ranks second all-time in Louisiana Tech history in the event and currently holds the 23rd-best leap in the nation. Her 23rd overall ranking is the highest ranking any WAC female athlete holds in any event this season on the national list.



Louisiana Tech returns to action on Feb. 24-27 when Tech travels to Boise, Idaho for the 2011 WAC Indoor Championships. Tech's women are looking to win their sixth WAC indoor title in seven years.

For complete coverage of Tech Track and Field, please visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.


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