May 18, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Louisiana Tech’s track and field season continues for several athletes as the NCAA announced this week that Tech has earned 17 entries into the NCAA East Preliminary Championships on May 24-26 on the campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.
Tech’s 17 entries is the second most among Louisiana’s Division I schools (second only to LSU). Only Louisiana-Lafayette (15 entries) is close to Tech’s 17 with the next most number of entries (eight) coming from Southeastern Louisiana and McNeese State. Louisiana-Monroe was fifth in the state with seven entries while Northwestern State followed with five entries.
LA Tech was also second in the Western Athletic Conference, barely edged by Idaho’s 19 total entries. The Tech women’s 10 entries were the most in the WAC. Fresno State was third in the league with 15 total entries.
Senior Chelsea Hayes and sophomore Dennis Richardson lead Tech with two entries apiece. Hayes will compete in the 100m dash and the long jump while Richardson will compete in the 100m and 200m dashes.
There are two sites for the NCAA Prelims with the East being held in Jacksonville and the West being held in Austin, Texas.
Hayes is ranked second in the East in both events with an 11.09 time in the 100m dash and a jump of 21-9 (6.63m). In the two events she is second only to LSU’s Kimberly Duncan (100m dash) and Southern Mississippi’s Tori Bowie (long jump).
Hayes is joined by Kimberly Smith in the 100m dash as Smith enters the NCAA East meet with a time fo 11.65, ranked 44th. In the long jump, Hayes is joined by two other Lady Techsters. Kenyattia Hackworth is ranked 26th with a mark of 20-2.5 (6.16m) while Tia Mitchell is ranked 28th with a jump of 20-2.25 (6.15m).
Micara Vassell also qualified in multiple events with spots in the shot put and the discus. The Kingston, Jamaica native is ranked 34th in the discus with a throw of 161-1 (49.10m) and 35th in the shot put with a throw of 50-0.75 (15.26m). She is joined in the shot put by Marcella LeBlanc, ranked 40th with a mark of 49-3.75 (15.03m).
Richardson is ranked 37th in the 100m dash with a time of 10.42 and 28th in the 200m dash with a time of 20.95. He is joined in the 200m by Trey Hadnot who is ranked 38th with a time of 21.11. Hadnot, a sophomore, finished third at the USATF Championships last season in the 200m and went on to win the Bronze medal at the Pan Am Junior Championships but has been hampered by a lingering hamstring injury this season.
Other women’s entries and their East rank and marks include Kim Francis (23rd, 13.45) in the 100m hurdles and the women’s 4x100m relay team (sixth, 44.43).
Other men’s entries include Kendall Hayes (23rd, 13.99) in the 110m hurdles, Yusuf Muhammad (28th, 51.88) in the 400m hurdles, Joshua Cox (33rd, 213-9/65.16m) in the javelin and the men’s 4x100m relay team (23rd, 40.45).
In most events the top 48 marks in the region qualified with the top 24 relays also qualifying for a total of 96 individual entries and 48 relays qualifying for the preliminary rounds (east and west) of the NCAA Championships. The top 24 marks nationally advance to the NCAA Championships on June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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