Track keeps breaking records

April 20, 2011

by Hayden Haynes, SPORTS REPORTER

The Tech track team will continue its stellar season this weekend at the LSU Alumni Gold meet, starting Saturday at 9 a.m. at Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Associate Head Coach Shawn Jackson said he is expecting a good meet.

“We are preparing for our conference championship which is next month, so we are progressing towards that,” Jackson said. “We’re expecting some good performances and trying to reach our goal, which is to win another conference championship.”

Tech will look to continue its winning events, after they claimed five event titles in Natchitoches last weekend at the Northwestern State Invitational.

The Tech men’s team led the weekend with three event titles claimed.

Freshman Trey Hadnot won the 200m with a time of 21.17. Sophomore Matt Wolfe’s time of 1:54.47 placed him first in the 800m. In the 110m hurdles, senior Billy Walker won with a time of 14.13, with freshman Kendall Hayes close in second place with a time of 14.54.

The Lady Techsters were led once again by senior Chelsea Hayes, who won the 200m with a time of 23.91, while junior Stacia Hanneman finished second with a time of 24.41. Senior Tiana Davis won the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.43.

“[Hayes] was not a surprise,” Jackson said. “She has been healthy all year, so we kind of expected those things out of her, because she is a hard worker. We think more good things are going to come from her, and she worked hard to get there.”

Hayes tied a school record with a time of 11.30 in the 100m dashes April 7-9 at the Texas Relays.

Hayes is ranked 12th in the nation and 24th in the world this year.

She 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.

This jump is ranked second in the nation, as well as fourth in the world for the 2011 season.

Jackson said Hayes looks to join the likes of Tech Olympians, such as the Lady Techsters’ basketball Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon. For Hayes, it is her ultimate goal.

“She met the goal of qualifying for the Olympic trials,” Jackson said. “Now it is time for her to make the team, and she will focus on that once this year is of out of the way.”

Tech track will finish its regular season in Iowa at the Drake Relays, which are set for April 27-28.

“We try to take it one step at a time,”?Jackson said. “The first goal is to win another WAC championship, then from there, we hope to go to the National Championships.”

The Western Athletic Conference Championships are in Hawaii May 10- 13.

The NCAA Outdoor Championships will take place June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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