Track and Field Heads to WAC Outdoor Championships

May 9, 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho - Louisiana Tech's women's track and field program opens the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship meet tomorrow with a challenging task ahead of them: win number eight. The Lady Techsters, projected to finish third, are hoping for an upset in order to win the program's eighth straight WAC outdoor title.

The men's team, projected to finish fourth, is within striking distance of third.

Overall, Utah State is favored to win on both sides. Fresno State, having its best year on both sides in the last decade, is projected to finish second on the women's side and third on the men's.

The Lady Techster reign in outdoor track will take some work but sustain this year and the challenge got even greater Wednesday as sprinter/hurdler Chelsea Hayes was injured during the open track practice on Idaho's campus as another school's athlete accidentally ran into her. Hayes did not finish practice but is still expected to compete in Thursday and Friday's conference meet.

Conditions at the track are expected to be cool and windy over the next few days. Athletes are not only competing for all-conference honors and a medal but the WAC Championships is also the last time to set an NCAA postseason qualifying mark.

Tech's women are projected to win six gold medals in the meet while Utah State is projected to win four. On the men's side, the Bulldogs are projected to win five gold medals along with Fresno State while Idaho is projected to win six.

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