June 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Louisiana Tech sprinter/jumper Chelsea Hayes was honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the organization awarded the redshirt senior two first team All-America honors for the 2012 outdoor season.
The pair of All-America honors, formerly announced Tuesday, was expected after the New Orleans native made the finals in both the 100m dash and long jump at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The USTFCCCA awards first team honors to athletes than finish in the top eight in events at the NCAA Championships with 9-16 place finishers receiving second team All-America honors.
With Tuesday's announcement, Hayes sets the Louisiana Tech record for most All-America honors received by a single athlete in any sport. She received a total of six All-America honors (four first team awards, two second team honors) in only a two-year time span. Hayes surpasses Bryant Wesco (1997-2000) who received five All-America honors in a four-year time span.
Louisiana Tech's two All-America honors won by Hayes is double what the rest of the Western Athletic Conference was awarded this year with only Hawaii's TeRina Keenan receiving second team honors in the discus.
Other than LSU, Tech's two honors matches what was received by the rest of the state of Louisiana this season. Only Louisiana-Lafayette's Jasmine Manuel (second team) and Tulane's Ana Ruzevic (second team) was named All-America. Chelsea Hayes was the only athlete from the WAC and the only athlete from Louisiana (other than LSU athletes) to receive a first team All-America honor.
While Hayes NCAA eligibility has been exhausted, she now turns her attention to the international stage and will next compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials on June 22 - July 1 in Eugene, Ore. Hayes hit the qualifying "A" standard in both the long jump and the 100m dash during the 2012 season and has a chance to represent the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games in London if she places in the top three in either event at the Olympic Trails later this month.
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