Livingstone's Quanera Hayes sets personal best, wins at national competition

Published: Mar. 13, 2016 at 1:08 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2016 at 1:08 PM EDT
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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Quanera Hayes got the win and set a personal best at the US indoor track and field championships on Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, in the 400m.

Hayes won with a  51.09 as Olympian Natasha Hastings fell at the finish.

Hayes, who is originally from Hope Mills, graduated from Livingstone in May of 2015.

In her four years at Livingstone College, Hayes has won national title in the 400 meters. She also won the 200 meters national title a few weeks after graduating on May 2.

Hayes was nominated last year for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Hayes earned a spot on the United States' 400 meter relay team and is expected to compete later this month in Beijing at the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Championships.

At the time, Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. said he's proud of Hayes for being nominated for such a prestigious award.

"Quanera Hayes was an outstanding student-athlete when she attended Livingstone College, and since she graduated a few months ago she has continued making us proud," Jenkins said. "The NCAA Woman of the Year award isn't simply based on athletic prowess but also takes academics and service and leadership into consideration. We're excited about her chances and wish her the best."

Next up for Hayes will be competition in the world championships next week.

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