Events: 100m hurdles
PRs: 100H - 12.37 (2004), 400H - 54.57 (1999)
Born: 1976 in Williamsport, Pa.
Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: John W. North (Riverside, Calif.) '95
College: UCLA '99
Coach: Bob Kersee
Agent: Greg Foster
Career Highlights: 2004 Olympic 100m hurdles gold medalist; Olympic 100m hurdles record holder; 1999 NCAA 400 hurdles champion; 2003 Pan Am 400m hurdles gold medalist; 2003 USA Outdoor 400mH runner-up; 1995 USA Juniors and Pan Am Junior 100 hurdles champion; 2004 Jesse Owens Award winner
Hayes enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2004 as she became the second American 100m hurdles gold medalist in history, doing it an Olympic record and personal-best time of 12.37 seconds…she crossed the finish line well in front of the field and .01 ahead of Bulgarian world record holder Yordanka Donkova’s 1988 Olympic record of 12.38. Hayes sent an email to a friend before the race, predicting that she would win in 12.37...Hayes was in the lead at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships before falling over the ninth hurdle. In 2006, Hayes tore her hamstring in the semifinals of the USA Indoor Championships and did not return to competition until mid August…She narrowly missed a spot on the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team, placing 4th in the 400m hurdles and 5th in the 100m hurdles... She finished 2nd in the 400m hurdles at the 2003 USA Championships...has a history of overcoming injury...she was eighth in the 1998 NCAA 100m hurdles (13.50 - +3.0w) despite running with a strained right hamstring that prevented her from competing in the 400m hurdles. She injured the hamstring while winning the 100m hurdles at the Pac-10 Championships...as a sophomore in 1997, Hayes suffered a hyper-extended right knee on the first day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships...although the injury kept her from competing in the 100m hurdles, Hayes ran the anchor leg on UCLA’s 4x100m relay team that placed sixth (44.76), and she placed seventh (57.92) in the final of the 400m hurdles...worked at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center as the SMART Moves Coordinator teaching kids to be positive in East St. Louis, Illinois, in 2001 and 2002...she trained during that time, but not consistently...moved back to Los Angeles in December 2002 and is now training full time...Her father, Ted Hayes, is an L.A. based homeless advocate who founded Dome Village in 1993 as a temporary homeless shelter. In 1984, Ted Hayes went to live with the homeless...Ted Hayes also runs a cricket program in Compton.
2008: 7th at Olympic Trials (12.96)...1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (12.53w)...1st at adidas Track Classic (12.64)...3rd at London (12.63)...1st at Jamaican Invitational (12.72)...ranked #9 in the world (#4 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 12.63.
2007: 4th in prelims (13.28), 8th in semifinals (13.90) at USA Outdoors...2nd at Kansas Relays (12.78w)...best of 12.78w.
2006: 3rd at Linz Intersport (12.76)…3rd at Zagreb (12.85)…1st at Tallin (12.96)…1st at Millrose Games (7.93i) …injured hamstring in semifinals at USA Indoors (3rd in heat, 8.20)…ranked #6 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 12.76.
2005: 100mH USA Outdoor Champs runner-up (12.77)...2nd in 100mH at Reebok Grand Prix (12.47)...2nd in 100m hurdles at Nike Prefontaine Classic (12.72)...1st in 100H at adidas Track Classic (12.64)...1st at Paris (12.60)...2nd in semifinals at World Outdoor Championships (12.76)...World Outdoor Championships final (DQ - fell)...3rd at Zurich (12.79)...6th at World Athletics Final (12.78)...ranked #5 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 12.47.
2004: Olympic Games 100m hurdles champion (12.37OR)...ran (12.48PR) in semis at Olympic Games...2nd at Olympic Trials 100m hurdles (12.55)...1st at Houston (12.38)...1st at Munich (12.61w)...1st at Berlin (12.46)...1st at Moscow (12.78)...2nd in 60mH at USA Indoors (7.91)...4th at World Indoors (7.86i)...ran personal best at World Indoors semifinal (7.83i)...ranked #1 in the world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 12.37.
2003: 2nd in 400mH at USA Outdoors (54.76)...6th in semifinal at World Outdoors (55.35)...5th in 100mH semifinal at USA Outdoors (12.83)...Pan Am 400H gold medalist (54.77)...1st at Tucson (55.62)...3rd at Glasgow (55.34)...ranked # 4 at 400mH in U.S. and #10 at 100mH in U.S. byT&FN...bests of 12.83 and 54.76.
2002: Did not compete...working with Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center Boys & Girls club
2001: Hamstring injury, did not compete.
2000: 4th in 400H (54.97) and 5th in 100H (12.87) at Olympic Trials... ran 12.67PR at Trials in 100H semifinals... ranked #4 in 400H and #5 in 100H in U.S. by T&FN... bests of 12.67 and 54.97.
1999: Won 400H (55.16), 3rd in 100H (12.89PR) at NCAA Outdoors...3rd in 400H at USA Outdoors (55.76)...4th in heat at World Champs (55.38)...3rd in 100H (13.73) and 2nd in 400H (56.49) at Pac-10 Champs... ranked #9 in 100H and #4 in 400H in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 12.89 and 54.57.
1998: 8th in 100H at NCAA Outdoors...won 100H at Pac-10 Champs...bests of 12.93 and 57.09.
1997: Won 100H and 400H at Pac-10 Champs...7th in 400H at NCAA Outdoors...qualified for NCAA Outdoors, but did not compete in 100H due to injury...bests of 13.04 and 56.38.
1996: Won 100H, 2nd in 400H at Pac-10 Champs...bests of 13.15 and 58.32.
1995: Won 100H, 5th in 400H at USA Juniors...gold in 100H at Pan Am Juniors...bests of 13.38 and 59.02.
1994: 7th in 100H at USA Juniors...bests of 14.02 and 59.12.