|Livingstone sprinter aims higher|
|Hayes looks to compete for national titles|
|Published Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:20 am|
Many student-athletes go through their college career with the goal of one day becoming an All-American.
|Livingstone sophomore Quanera Hayes is a four-time All-America sprinter in the 200 and 400 meters.|
Livingstone’s Quanera Hayes is already a four-time All-America as a sophomore.
Hayes, a native of Hope Mills, N.C., has developed into one of the school’s top track and field athletes in school history.
“Knowing I put myself in Livingstone’s history books is a great feeling because I work very hard, and it will forever be marked in the record books,” she said.
Said head coach Justin Davis: “I consider Quanera a diamond in the rough. She could easily be competing for many Division I schools, but she is at Livingstone where coach Tim Dunlap and I have been working constantly to keep polishing that diamond to make it shine.”
“Coming into indoor season as an All-American my initial thoughts were how can I better myself and become a stronger runner,” Hayes said. “I set a goal not to be just an All-American but an NCAA champion.”
Hayes competed throughout her indoor season reflecting the goal in which she set for herself. Hayes competed in the JDL Fast Track Championship where she became an NCAA automatic qualifier with her 54.94 finish in the 400 meters. With that mark, she broke her own school record set just a year before.
At the CIAA championships, Hayes placed second in the 400 with a time of 56.49. She also placed third in the 200 with a time of 24.79.
Hayes added a new school record in the 200 at the Virginia Tech Challenge with a time of 24.39. During the 2012-13 indoor season, Hayes has placed in the top three, in every meet, in the 200 and 400 meters events.
“Quanera is an amazing athlete who has a streamlined body like Allyson Felix who happens to be her idol,” said Davis. “Going into the 2013 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, Quanera looked very good in practice, and I knew she was ready to compete.”
“When I cross the finish line and realize I have broken a record, I feel a sense of accomplishment even more so when I break my own record,” said Hayes.
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