March 13, 2014
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech sprinter Trey Hadnot is tired of the bronze ceiling in the 200m. He finished third at the 2011 Pan Am Junior Championships and again placed third at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships. On Friday, Hadnot gets a chance to bust through the bronze ceiling at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships.
In last year’s national meet, Hadnot set a new school record with a time of 20.48 to finish third. This year, he heads to the National Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. with a chance to become only the second individual national champion in Louisiana Tech’s storied track and field history.
The Ruston, La. native is one of only four sprinters in the 16-man field to advance from a school not from a Big 5 conference (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC). He is also only one of three Conference USA student-athletes to advance to the men’s championship meet in all events along with Mark Jackson and Anthony Rotich of UTEP.
Hadnot qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships after setting a new league record in the 200m at the C-USA Indoor Championships, running 20.81 to claim gold. He would win a second gold medal at the conference meet as the anchor leg on the Bulldogs’ 4x400m relay.
Florida’s Dedric Dukes leads the 200m field with a time of 20.55 after finishing fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year. In the field of 16 sprinters to qualify, five come from the South Central Region with the other four hailing from Texas A&M.
Hadnot is one of only three finalists from last year’s national championship meet to return to the national stage in 2014. He enters the championship meet 12th out of the 16 competitors.
The 200m semifinal round will be contested on March 14 at 9:05 p.m. CT with the top eight sprinters advancing to the finals race slated for just an hour later at 10:05 p.m. CT.
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