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Quanera Hayes of the U.S. takes the baton from teammate Natasha Hastings (R) during the women's 4x400 relay at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland, Oregon March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

HBCU Alumni Quanera Hayes Dominates The Track

Livingstone College Alumni Quanera Hayes has made her dominant “I am here!” statement in the Track and Field world.

After college, Hayes went on to sign with Nike as a Professional Track Athlete. She trained for the USA National Indoor Championship with the IAAF World Indoor Championship as her goal. Remarkably, Hayes went into the championship unknown and left out a champion defeating Olympian Natasha Hastings to take the USA Indoor 400m title.

Later, she was invited to represent USA at the Indoor World Championship, where she took home a bronze medal in the 400m behind her USA colleague Ashley Spencer with silver.

However, she then snagged a gold medal on the women’s 4×400 relay.

During her tenure at Livingstone College, she was a Multi-All American honoree as well as Multi National Champion and the first women to complete the feat of winning the 200m and 400m dash at a Championship. After all her success, she transferred her winning attitude and superior athletic skills to the next level. Aside from the track, Hayes is also an active member of The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

It’s no surprise that the future for Quanera Hayes is bright and great things are expected come especially with the 2016 Olympics in the near future. She now prepares for her outdoor season, which will require a higher level of concentration and executions in order for her to earn a spot on the Olympic team.

Well done, Quanera!

Kyle Kidd-Buckner

Kyle Kidd-Buckner is a 21-year-old, Graduating Senior Mass Communication major from Los Angeles, CA with emphasis in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Political Science at Jackson State University. He is a proud brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. initiated Spring 2017 into the Delta Phi Chapter where he serves as Associate Editor of The Sphinx. Spring of 2017, Kyle was appointed to the position of Executive President for the Campus Activities Board for the 2017-2018 Academic School year completing his tenure January 2018. He has served as an Author for HBCUBuzz and Collegiate Sports Editor of Black Beat Sports with stories also featured in 7 Hues Magazine and DoerHouse LLC. He currently interns at The Meme Agency as a Public Relations Intern and BYOBSociety as a Marketing Intern and serves as Managing Editor for Watch The Yard. Kyle aims to become a expert in all things media. He was the 2016 National Conference on Student Leadership Scholarship Recipient representing Jackson State in Orlando, FL. Kyle recently Co-Author his first book, "Grown and Gone" a book created to assist high school seniors with their transition into their first independent year as college student. Kyle lives by the life mantra, "I trust the next chapter, because I know the Author..."