‘Turtle’ has career best as 4x800 shatters school record
As soon as anchor leg Wyatt Hayes saw the clock at track side with the winning time he raised his arms and pounded his chest in celebration of breaking the school record.
“Pretty impressive,” added head coach Jim Turner. “I’m not surprised, but I wasn’t sure it would happen today.”
There had been some doubt considering Hayes is dealing with a slight groin injury that saw him finishing with a sub-par 2:09 time in the open 800m at Cheney last Friday. The iron man competitor bounced back quickly and wasn’t going to let this opportunity for a record slip away.
“I’m not surprised that we got the record because of the way we competed,” says Hayes.
The Beavers also had something to prove after Halstead claimed a gold medal in the 4x800 with a time of 8:14.18 at the Vernon Ferguson Invitational (Cheney). However, the Beavers finished second with two alternates on the relay.
“After Cheney, we knew we’d need a runner to get down to 2:07 or 2:06 for us to have a chance at the record and it happened today with Sam. All of us competed well and Jack had someone to run with, finally,” says Hayes.
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