Chelsea Hayes Sweeps WAC Weekly Awards

April 26, 2011

DENVER - Louisiana Tech's Chelsea Hayes has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week, for April 18-24. The New Orleans native is the first athlete in WAC history - male or female - to sweep the WAC honors in a single week.

Hayes, a senior from New Orleans, La. (Butler CC), recorded a time of 11.18 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet last Saturday. Her time was just five-hundredths of a second shy of tying the WAC and school record of 11.13 set by Latonia Wilson in 2007. It was 0.12 seconds better than her previous season best and currently ranks her 11th in the nation and 19th in the world. Hayes also led off the 4x100m relay that placed fourth in a time of 45.27.

In the long jump, she placed second with a mark of 20-8.5 (6.31m), the second longest jump in school history, behind only her record-setting distance achieved earlier this month which currently ranks eighth in the nation and 23rd in the world.

Hayes is the first student-athlete, male or female, to sweep the WAC's weekly awards. The league has been doling out separate awards for track athletes and field athletes since 2008.

Hayes and the Lady Techsters will face some of the nation's and world's best competition this weekend when the team heads to the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday and Saturday.

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