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Hadnot leads Track to WAC meet

February 21, 2013

 

Junior Trey Hadnot sprints as the last leg in the relay race at the Howie Ryan Intviational. – Photo courtesy of Media Relations

Reina Kempt
Sports Editor

 

The men and women’s track team are preparing to perform in the Western Athletic Conference meet tonight in Albuquerque, N.M.

 

This three-day event will give Tech’s runners, jumpers and throwers a chance to qualify for the NCAA indoor tournament in March where elite runners like Tech’s own Trey Hadnot had success in last season.

 

So far this season, Hadnot, who is just a junior, has got back on track to his line of success after being plagued with a series of injuries during his sophomore season.

 

In the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas, Hadnot set a school record of 20.81 in the 200 meter run. Not only did he break school records with that time, but it was good enough to be tied fourth in the nation.

 

Hadnot said reaching the 20-point mark in the 200-meter run was his goal for this season, but since he has already reached it, his new goal is hitting the 46-point mark in the 400-meter run.

 

“Coming in to this season my goal was to run 20-point,” Hadnot said. “Because I know if I ran 20-point I would make it to nationals. Now that I’ve already ran 20-point, I’m not going to try to run faster in the 200, I’m going to try to run 46 in the 400. That will get me to nationals in that event and my ultimate goal is to try to place in nationals.”

 

Hadnot is not the only one shining bright, Micara Vassell has been doing great things as she threw for the fourth-best throwing mark in school history back in January at the Howie Ryan Invitational in Houston.

 

Head coach Gary Stanley is confident with his athletes going into the conference tournament. He said this meet is not just about individual athletes, but how well they can do together as a team.

 

“I appeal to theirsense of pride, and their sense of belonging to a university and their coach who is preaching that meassage to them that’s saying hey lets represent”

 

Hadnot has had a lot of individual success in his young career but he said his competitive edge is what keeps him motivated to do all he can for a team win.

 

“I’m trying to do everything it takes. I remember a month ago I asked him ‘Do you honestly feel we have a chance to win conference?’ If you think we can win the meet I want to run the 60 (dash), the 200 (meter), 400 (meter) and the relay. I’ll be tired afterward but if that’s what it takes to win then I’ll do it.”

 

Last year left a bad taste in Stanley’s mouth as the women’s side lost in the WAC meet for the first time in 4 seasons making them three out of four in championships since 2009. One thing Stanley said was that this team is entirely new and he tries not to think about last year but what they can get accomplished this year.

 

Stanley said he is looking for Hadnot, junior Kendall Hayes (who also plays football) and Dennis Richardson to do well in New Mexico on the men’s side and Kim Francis, Micara Vassell and Kimberly Smith to do well for the women.

 

“I want to see as many individual medals around (Hadnot’s) neck as he can get,” Stanley said. “I think Dennis Richardson is ready to go and Hayes, who is a football player, is doing well in the hurdles. Our seniors on the women’s side, Micara Vassell and Kimberly Smith are doing well and we need big performances out of them.”

 

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