Track and Field Hosts Jim Mize Invitational Saturday



April 5, 2012

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RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's nationally acclaimed track and field program returns home this weekend to host the annual Jim Mize Invitational at the Jim Mize Track and Field Facility in Ruston Saturday. Throwing events start at noon with running events beginning at 4 p.m.

Four-time All-American Chelsea Hayes is scheduled to compete in the long jump at 2 p.m. just a week after she recorded the world's best mark of the year at the Texas Relays with a wind-aided jump of 22-6.25 (6.86m).

Ruston native and two-time All-American Trey Hadnot will lead the men's team with an appearance in the 200m dash at 5:50 p.m.

Tech will host Alcorn State, Grambling State, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin in the meet on the collegiate level while a handful of former Tech greats will compete in the field as well including Michael Coleman (Unattached) and Jason Morgan (Jamaica).

The field events begin at noon with the women's hammer throw while the women's 4x100m relay will kick off the running events at 4 p.m. Hayes, one of the nation's best jumpers and sprinters (both individually and combined), will not be running in the 100m dash but is expected to run on Tech's 4x100m relay (4 p.m.) and 4x400m relay teams (6:40 p.m.).

After her stunning performance in Austin, Hayes was named the WAC Track and Field Athlete of the Week, sweeping the weekly honors announced by the conference office.

Dennis Richardson, the men's WAC Track Athlete of the Week, will run in the 100m dash (5:10 p.m.) and the 200m dash (5:50 p.m.) in the meet.

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