Track wows spectators

April 20, 2011

by Sarah Brown, CO-SPORTS EDITOR

Tech’s track team has gone above and beyond the norm this season alone in national and for senior Chelsea Hayes, the world.

On April 2, Hayes recorded a long jump of 20-11.25 at the Jim Mize Invitational, setting a facility and school record.

The jump placed her second in the nation and fourth in the world.

Assistant Head Coach Shawn Jackson said he’s not surprised by Hayes’ performance thus far.

“She has been healthy all year, so we kind of expected those things out of her, because she is a hard worker,” he said. “We think more good things are going to come from her, and she worked hard to get there.”

Hayes has wowed fans with her records, but it’s not just the women’s team setting milestones.

The men’s team came close to breaking a school record April 8 at the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin.

In the 4x800m relay, redshirt sophomore Alwayne Greene, sophomore Matt Wolfe, senior Justin Terry and redshirt sophomore Jermaine Morris recorded a 7:31.23 run, finishing fourth.

Oklahoma placed third, with a time less than two seconds ahead of Tech.

The men’s time was second best in school history, just under two minutes behind the 7:29.32 record set in College Station on April 23, 1982.

Tech had another sensational performance last weekend at the Northwestern State Invitational, earning five event titles.

Senior thrower Larry Jones’ throws recorded him a Top-10 mark in Tech history and the accomplishment of setting his personal record.

Jones placed third in hammer throws and seventh in school history after throwing 176-11.

He also recorded third place in the discus throw and advanced his current national rankings from 13th place.

He has led the Western Athletic Conference throughout the season.

Freshman Edward Hadnot placed first in the 200m.

He placed sixth in the 100m and placed second in the 4x100m relay with freshman Dennis Richardson, senior Kevin Stewart and sophomore Josh Goree.

Tech placed third in the 800m with Wolfe placing first, Green finishing fourth and Morris landing in sixth place.

Senior Billy Walker claimed the 110m hurdles, followed by freshman Kendall Hayes.

For the women’s team, Hayes dominated the 200m hurdles, while junior Stacia Hanneman placed second in the same competition.

Senior Tiana Davis claimed the 100m hurdles, with freshman Kim Francis placing third.

Sophomore Micarra Vassell placed second in the discus throw and sixth in the shot put, while senior Brittany Guy participated in the triple jump to place fourth with her 39-6.5 jump.

Because of Jones’ stellar performance in Natchitoches this past weekend, he was named the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week.

He currently ranks sixth in the WAC, with the fourth longest WAC throw of the season in the javelin after throwing a record 196-11 last weekend.

Tech plans to do nothing less than to impress crowds Saturday at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge.

From there, the Tech track team will prepare for the Drake Relays, which will be held in Iowa on April 27-29 before the WAC?Championships May 10-13.

Sarah is a junior journalism major from Madisonville. Email comments to sdb035@latech.edu.