Louisiana Tech Track & Field Heads to Northwestern State Invitational
April 15, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech travels to Natchitoches, La. to compete in the Northwestern State Invitational on Saturday, April 16. This weekend's action marks two consecutive weekends of action for Tech in the Pelican State but the last two meets in the program's home state this season.
Last Time Out
Louisiana Tech senior Chelsea Hayes tied a school record with a time of 11.30 in the 100m dash on the final day of the Texas Relays. Hayes time came in the 100m dash invitational and is ranked 12th in the nation and 24th in the world this year.
Chelsea Hayes Long Jump Mark Second in Nation, Fourth in World
Chelsea Hayes set a school and facility record in the long jump on April 2 at the Jim Mize Invitational in Ruston with a jump of 20-11.25. That mark rankead second in the nation and fourth in the world for the 2011 season that week. Hayes shattered the previous facility record of 20-5 set by Boise State's Elaine Kafaou last year at the WAC Championships. As of April 13, her mark ranked fourth in the nation and seventh in the world.
The WAC honored two Louisiana Tech athletes on April 5 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. 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.
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 first such honor of Richardson's career.
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