April 7, 2012
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RUSTON, La. - Track and field fans that made their way out to the Jim Mize Invitational in Ruston got a chance to see what Chelsea Hayes has been doing all year - breaking records. Hayes broke Tech's facility record in the long jump as the school hosted the annual Jim Mize Invitational Saturday.
Hayes won the long jump competition with a mark of 21-8.75 (6.62m), setting a new facility record as the New Orleans native recorded the nation's third-best legal long jump mark this season. She jumped over 22 feet last weekend at the Texas Relays but delayed wind results showed it to be a wind-aided mark, not eligible for NCAA or Olympic Trials qualifications. She was followed in second place by teammate Kenyattia Hackworth with a jump of 19-8 (5.99m).
A product of Abramson High School, Hayes also helped set what would have been a facility record in the 4x400m relay as she ran the anchor leg but that relay team that ran 3:39.74 was edged out by Stephen F. Austin's time of 3:38.96. The old facility record of 3:40.02 was set in 2010 by LA Tech when the school hosted the Western Athletic Conference Championships.
The 4x100m relay was also aided by Hayes as the quartet of Hackworth, Hayes, Stacia Hanneman and Victoria Wade won with a time of 44.57.
Micara Vassell continued to excel in the throws as she claimed a win in the shot put with a throw of 48-2 (14.68m) and won the discus throw with a mark of 155-1 (47.28m).
The Lady Techsters swept the 100m and 200m dashes with Kimberly Smith (11.73) winning the 100m dash and Hanneman (24.47) winning the 200m dash while Wade was the runner-up in both races with a time of 12.02 in the 100m dash and 24.78 in the 200m dash.
Tech recorded a pair of runner-up finishes in the hurdles as Marlesia Carey ran 14.91 to place second in the 100m hurdles while Taneka Henderson ran 1:01.62 in the 400m hurdles.
On the men's side, Dennis Ricardson continued to shine as he won the 100m dash with a time of 10.42 and ran the opening leg of the 4x100m relay that won with a time of 40.45. Richardson also finished fourth in the 200m dash with a time of 21.30.
Alwayne Green won the 800m with a time of 1:52.13 while Josh Slocum ran an impressive 8:57.69 in the 3,000m run to win.
Yusuf Muhammad beat former Tech hurdler Wade MaGaha in the 400m hurdles, winning with a time of 52.18.
Former Tech standout and Jamaican national Jason Morgan won the discus throw with a mark of 203-10 (62.14m) to break his own facility record of 100-1 (60.68m) set back in 2007. Morgan was in action back-to-back days as he competed at the Northwestern State Invitational Friday, throwing a new Jamaican national record 215-3 (65.61m), a mark that surpasses the "A" standard for qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Current Tech thrower Joshua Cox won the men's javelin, throwing 201-9 (61.50m) with Noah Riche placing fourth as he threw 158-6 (48.31m).
Louisiana Tech returns to action next Saturday, April 14, as Tech competes at the Mississippi Open hosted by Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.
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