Former Olympian Joanna Hayes hired as USC track assistant

LOS ANGELES (AP) Former Olympic champion Joanna Hayes has been hired by Southern California as an assistant track and field coach.

She will specialize in sprints and hurdles under head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert, the school said Thursday.

Hayes won a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympics and finished that season ranked No. 1 in the world.

She spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach in sprints and hurdles at UCLA, where she graduated in 2001 after winning the 400 hurdles at the 1999 NCAA championships.

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