Former Livingstone College standout Quanera Hayes, IAAF World Indoor Championships 400m bronze medalist and World Relays 4x400m gold medalist, reigned supreme in the Xfinity women’s 400 meters at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Outdoor Championships in Sacramento. Hayes was the U.S. leader in the event in 2017 and owned the race from start to finish. A new personal best and world lead of 49.72 was more than enough for Hayes to secure her first USATF Outdoor title, adding to her indoor hardware from last year.
Hayes joins N.C. A&T product Chris Belcher as HBCU representatives on Team USA for the IAAF World Championships in early August in London. Belcher finished third in the men's 100m dash final on Friday to earn a spot on the team.
Hayes stormed home in 49.72sec at Hornet Stadium to book her place in the US team. The 25-year-old's winning time beat Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo's season best of 49.77 set in the Shanghai Diamond League meeting in May.
Three HBCU products made it to the finals in their events.
Howard University's David Oliver finished 5th in the 100m hurdles final.
Stillman's Jeff Henderson placed 5th in the long jump.
St. Augustine's product Bershawn "Batman" Jackson may have run the final race of his career, finishing 8th in the 400m hurdles final. Jackson has announced his retirement from competition after the 2017 track & field season
Bethune-Cookman's Michael Tiller finished 8th overall in the triple jump.
Jackson State's Michael Tinsley (400m) and St. Aug's Barbara Pierre (100m) did not advance beyond the semifinals in their events.