Aug. 7, 2003
As a member of Team USA, Hayes won the 400m hurdles in a time of 54.77 (in qualifying on Tuesday, Hayes won heat one with the fastest qualifying mark, 55.64). In 1999, Hayes also represented the U. S. at the Pan Am Games and placed fifth in the event. During her UCLA career, Hayes won the 400m hurdles at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor and she was a multiple 100m/400m hurdles Pac-10 champion.
"I came in thinking I could win this thing and everything just seemed to fall into place," Hayes said. "One of the keys is that I ran the ninth and 10th hurdles well. This is good competition, so this is a good win for me. This whole experience has been fantastic. I love it here. I'm to Berlin next, so I just have to keep improving."
On the first day of competition (Aug. 5), Bruin great Suzy Powell placed fourth (196-10) in the discus.
"My first three throws were good but we had a tailspin," Powell said. "The winds changed then and I couldn't take advantage of a good head wind. I had a good situation and didn't come through with it. It is definitely a good wakeup call for the World Championships next month. I just need to continue to compete and train. We've got a great group of throwers on our USA team."
The 2003 Pan Am track & field competition will conclude Aug. 9.