Lady Techsters Look to Continue Championship Streak
May 9, 2011
HONOLULU, Hawai'i -
Louisiana Tech heads to the 2011 WAC Championships this week as the Lady Techsters are looking to win their seventh consecutive outdoor conference title and the program’s 13th overall title in 14 tries.
Last Time Out
Chelsea Hayes finished third in the 100m dash finals with the fourth-best time in school history and the men’s 4x100m relay ran the ninth-best time in school history as Louisiana Tech wrapped up competition at the 102nd Drake Relays in Des Moines late Saturday. Hayes ran 11.38 to finish third in a finals race where Hayes was the only finalist from a non-BCS school. The New Orleans native beat runners from Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio State and Ole Miss in what was also the third best time at the meet.
The men’s 4x100m relay ran 40.00 in the finals, finishing sixth with the ninth-best time in school history. The quartet of Dennis Richardson, Kevin Stewart, Josh Goree and Trey Hadnot posted a season-best time in the race. Matt Wolfe ran a personal record and the 10th best time in school history as he ran 3:53.38 in the 1,500m to place seventh.
Chelsea Hayes Makes WAC History
Louisiana Tech’s Chelsea Hayes has been named the Verizon WAC 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.
A senior from New Orleans (Butler CC), she 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.
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 fifth in the nation and 22nd in the world.
HAWAI‘I HOSTS WAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2011 edition of the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship will be hosted by Hawai‘i in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 10-13 at the Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex. Visit www.wacsports.com for more information.
2011 NCAA PRELIMINARY ROUNDS
There are two sites selected for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds. Each site will host May 26-28. The following are the sites and information:
West Region East Region
Eugene, Oregon Bloomington, Indiana
Hayward Field E.C. Billy Hayes Track
Host: University of Oregon Host: Indiana University
2011 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Men’s and Women’s Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held June 8-11 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Drake University is hosting the event. For ticket information, visit www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com or call the Drake Ticket Offi ce at (515) 271-DOGS (3647).
Dean of the Coaches
Louisiana Tech head coach Gary Stanley is often considered the dean of the coaches in the state and in the WAC as he enters his 23rd season as head coach and his 29th season overall at Louisiana Tech. Stanley has amassed 19 Coach of the Year titles by his conference peers and has seen 22 conference championships in four different conferences, including 19 conference titles at Louisiana Tech with 17 as head coach.
The WAC’s 2011 Indoor Track and Field top performance list can
be viewed via www.wacsports.com, or directly by visiting http://www.directathletics.com/lists/track/77_744.html.
For complete coverage of Tech Track and Field, please visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.
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