Chelsea Hayes and Dennis Richardson Honored by the WAC

April 5, 2011

DENVER - The Western Athletic Conference honored two Louisiana Tech athletes Tuesday as senior Chelsea Hayes was named the WAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week while freshman Dennis Richardson was named the WAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week.

Hayes, a senior from New Orleans, La. (Butler County CC), set a school and facility record in the long jump Saturday at the Jim Mize Invitational in Ruston, La. with a leap of 20 feet, 11.25 inches (6.38 meters). Her mark currently leads the WAC by nearly 10 inches and ranks second in the nation and fourth in the world. She broke the previous facility record of 20-5 set by Boise State's Eleni Kafourou at the 2010 WAC Outdoor Championships.

Richardson, a freshman from Pride, La. (Northeast HS) recorded a pair of WAC-leading marks last weekend at the Jim Mize Invitational in Ruston, La. Richardson's winning 100-meter dash time of 10.34 seconds currently leads the WAC and ranks 15th in the nation. He also ran the first leg of the 4x100m relay that finished first in 40.21, a time that tops the WAC by nearly a full second and ranks 22nd in the nation.

This marks the third weekly honor of the 2011 season for Hayes but her first in the field events. She previously was named the WAC Track Athlete of the Week twice during the indoor season. The honor comes as the first career accolade for Richardson.

Louisiana Tech returns to action on Thursday as Tech travels to Austin, Texas for the prestigious Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays where Tech will face the nation's top talent.

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