Two Louisiana Tech Athletes Qualify for NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
March 5, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced the participants in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships. Louisiana Tech will have two athletes competing in the national meet.
Chelsea Hayes and Trey Hadnot will represent Louisiana Tech at the NCAA Championship meet, the only athletes from Northern Louisiana to qualify. The championships will be held March 9-10 in Nampa, Idaho on the same track that hosted the WAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-25.
Chelsea Hayes had already automatically qualified with her long jump mark of 21-8 (6.60m), a jump that ranks second in the nation entering the National Championships. Hayes, a native of New Orleans, is the only athlete from Louisiana in the event and her second place national ranking has her sandwiched between two TCU long jumpers, Whitney Gipson and Lorraine Ugen. Her season-best mark, set at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 11, 2012, is a Louisiana Tech and Western Athletic Conference record.
Hayes also qualified in the 60m dash with a qualifying time of 7.24 that she ran in the 60m dash prelims at the WAC Indoor Championships, which were held on the same track in Idaho as the national meet. As the nation’s best athletes travel to the Boise area, Hayes will hit the track hoping to defend her facility record title in the sprint, a mark that is also a school, conference and WAC Championship record. The long jump is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. on Friday, March 9.
In the 60m dash, Hayes will be up against an 18-person field that represented only by schools that are currently in or about to join BCS conferences. Her time of 7.24 ranked sixth in the nation this season. The prelims of that race are scheduled to start 7:45 p.m. CT on Friday, March 9 and will be on ESPN3.
The Abramson High School product advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships last season in the long jump where she was named first team All-America after placing eighth.
On the men’s side, Ruston High product Trey Hadnot qualified in the 200m dash with a school record time of 21.04. A sophomore, Hadnot had a breakthrough outdoor season as a freshman and ended up claiming second team All-America honors in the event last June before being selected to compete for Team USA at the Pan Am Junior Championships, where he won the bronze medal.
In the 200m, Hadnot is ranked 13 out of 15 athletes qualified and is the only Louisiana athlete in the race. That race is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CT on Friday, March 9 and will be televised on ESPN3.
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 9 from 7:30-11:45 p.m. ET and March 10 from 8-11:15 p.m. ET. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
NCAA.com and BroncoSports.com will stream what ESPN3 is not covering on Friday (Noon-7:30 p.m. ET) and Saturday (12:30-8 pm ET).
Live results (stats) will be available at LATechSports.com.
For complete coverage of Tech Track and Field, please visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.
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