IRVING, Texas – WKU Track and Field’s Austin Hayes was named the Conference USA
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week following a stellar showing at the Governors
Invitational, the league office announced Tuesday. Hayes’ first career also doubles
as the Hilltoppers’ first accolade of the 2018 outdoor season.
Over the weekend, the London, Ky., native placed first in all four events he
competed in including the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the 4×100 and 400-meter
relays. In his first race in the event all season, Hayes clocked a time of 10.51 in
the 100-meter dash to place first. For the second weekend in a row, he won the
200-meter dash with a time of 21.11, a personal record and season best for the
Hayes also competed on both relay teams for the Hilltoppers. Hayes anchored the
winning 4×400 relay unit that posted a time 3:15.75, outrunning the next fastest
team by over five seconds. In the 4×100 relay, Hayes ran the third leg as the squad
finished with a time of 40.03, just narrowly missing a season best by six
one-hundredths of a second. The next fastest team was over three seconds behind WKU.
WKU Track and Field will divide and conquer this week as the majority of the
Hilltopper squad, including Hayes, will travel to Torrance, Calif., to compete in
the Mt. SAC Relays while the Lady Topper squad and a few Hilltoppers will compete in
the Georgia Tech Relays in Atlanta, Ga.