Quanera Hayes – Livingstone College
Track & Field
Quanera Hayes, who starred in track and field at Gray’s Creek High School who later received a full scholarship to Livingstone College never imagined that she would be breaking barriers in Track & Field. In her final races as a college senior, Hayes won the NCAA Division II championships in the 200 and 400 meters. On 6/27/15, Hayes placed fifth in the USA Track and Field Championships in Oregon. Hayes ran 51.27 in the final. Olympic medalist Allyson Felix ran 50.19 seconds. Only the top three finishers are assured of a spot on the USA roster for the IAAF World Championships, however if Felix decides to only compete in the 200-meter dash, McCorory and Hayes could be selected as relay team participants. It is posisble to see another HBCU alum on the track at the 2016 Olympics.
“I’m really looking forward to competing with some of the fastest 400 meter runners in the US, I understand the challenge will be great for me this week, but I’m confident I’ll be able to perform at a level that will help me achieve my personal goals while bringing honor to my college.”