Louisiana Tech Track and Field Heads to 2011 NCAA East Preliminary Championships
May 25, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Louisiana Tech heads to Bloomington, Ind. for the 2011 NCAA East Preliminary Round hosted by Indiana University.
Last Time Out
Louisiana Tech's women's track and field team rallied from fourth to overtake the lead in the second-to-last event of the meet as the Lady Techsters laid claim to their seventh consecutive title at the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships late Friday in Honolulu. The men's program finished a solid third with 123 points.
The Lady Techsters scored 118 points on the final day to post 152 points overall for the win and were propelled in the second-to-last event of the day as four seniors scored a combined 27 points in the triple jump to give LA Tech its first lead of the meet.
Louisiana Tech Propels WAC to 11th in NCAA Entries
Backed by Louisiana Tech's eight participating entries in the 2011 NCAA East/West Preliminary Championships on May 27-29, the Western Athletic Conference ranks 11th in the nation among NCAA entries. The Lady Techsters, who have won seven consecutive WAC Outdoor titles, are responsible for four of the WAC's 12 sprints/hurdles qualifiers, two of the league's jumps qualifiers and Tech has the only relay team in the WAC to continue its season at the NCAA Preliminary Championships.
Lady Techsters Continue Championship Streak
Louisiana Tech's women's team had to rally and needed a lot of help but the Lady Techsters continued the program's streak of championships by winning the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship. That marks the program's seventh consecutive outdoor title in the WAC, a streak that has been unmatched by any sport in the WAC over the last decade. Additionally, the Lady Techsters have now won 13 of the last 14 WAC titles overall, including both indoor and outdoor seasons.
Chelsea Hayes Garners End of Year WAC Accolades Again
New Orleans native Chelsea Hayes continued to stand out against Western Athletic Conference competition, winning four gold medals at the WAC Outdoor Championships. Because of her efforts and performance, Hayes repeated her superlative accolades claimed during the indoor season by being named the 2011 WAC Outdoor Women's Track Athlete of the Year and claimed the 2011 WAC Outdoor High Point Scorer (32.5 points) honor as well.
Ruston High Sweeps Men's WAC Accolades
A pair of Ruston High School graduates swept the 2011 WAC men's superlative awards. Senior Larry Jones was named the Co-Field Athlete of the Year after three all-WAC first team honors and his third consecutive WAC title in the discus while freshman Trey Hadnot was named the Co-Track Athlete of the Year and Freshman of the Year after winning WAC titles in the 200m, 400m, 4x100m Relay and 4x400m Relay.
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.
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