Hayes and Richardson Claim WAC Weekly Honors

April 5, 2012

DENVER - Louisiana Tech’s Chelsea Hayes swept the women’s awards and Dennis Richardson claimed the men’s track honor as the Western Athletic Conference announced its Track and Field Athletes of the Week.

Hayes, a senior from New Orleans, La. (Butler County CC), set school and WAC records under all conditions in the 100-meter dash and long jump at the Texas Relays in Austin last week. Hayes’ wind-aided time of 11.09 seconds in the 100m currently ranks second in the nation and third in the world this year. Her performance topped the WAC record under all conditions of 11.13 set by Tech’s Latonia Wilson in 2007. Hayes ran the 100-meter dash finals immediately following her performance in the long jump where she set school and WAC records under all conditions and the world’s best long jump mark this year with a wind-aided jump of 22 feet, 6.25 inches (6.86 meters). Hayes won the event without even attempting her final three jumps. Her mark bested the WAC record set under all conditions of Rice’s Alice Falaiye, who posted a jump of 6.67m in 2003.

Richardson, a sophomore from Pride, La. (Northeast HS), ran 10.43 in the 100-meter dash last weekend at the Texas Relays, a time that ranks first in the WAC and 15th in the NCAA East performance list. Richardson also ran the opening leg of the sprint medley relay that ran 3:23.00, a time that is the seventh-fastest sprint medley time in school history.

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




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