Hadnot captures bronze medal
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Louisiana Tech University sprinter Trey Hadnot smashed his own school record and finished third in the 200-meter dash at the NCAA indoor track and field championships Friday at the Randall Tyson Track Center.
Hadnot ran 20.48 in the finals to finish third overall, beating his own school record of 20.81 ran earlier this year in Fayetteville.
The junior from Ruston ran 20.83 in the semifinal round.
“I just felt it (in the finals),” Hadnot said after the race that was hosted by the University of Arkansas.
“I told coach that my second race is always my better race and it was again tonight. They started me in the top lane (six) and I just felt it coming down out of the curve.”
This marks the first time in three tries that Hadnot has advanced to the finals at an NCAA Championship event.
Hadnot finished in the semifinals of the 200-m dash at the 2011 NCAA outdoor championships and at the 2012 NCAA indoor championships.
“I just felt a sigh of relief,” Hadnot said of finally making the finals. “I finally got there. It was just a mental thing because I knew I could physically do it.
“My training was there this year, my body is in top shape and getting to the finals was just a matter of breaking that mental barrier for me.”
Advancing to the finals comes with a first team All-America honor, to be officially bestowed on Hadnot by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Monday. That will mark an all-time No. 54 All-America team honor won by a Tech track and field athlete and the third for Hadnot.
Of the 54 All-America honors, 35 (65 percent) have come while Gary Stanley has been head coach.
“That was a huge performance for Trey Hadnot,” said head coach Gary Stanley.
“It was a very composed effort for him, especially it being his first time in the finals at an NCAA Championship event.