Jan. 21, 2017
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Baylor's track and field team closed out the Rod McCravy Memorial with three more event titles, a world-leading time and a school record Saturday at Nutter Field House.
Freshman Aaliyah Miller blazed to a world-leading 800-meter time of 2:03.43 to win the event by .61 seconds. Miller's mark, which is second-fastest in school history behind Olicia Williams' 2015 time of 2:03.21, reached far beyond the BU record book. According to research by Erik Boal of DyeStat, Miller's time is believed to be a college freshman indoor record and top 30 all-time among NCAA Division I performers. The last freshman to break 2:04.0 in the indoor 800 was BYU's Lacey Bleazard, who ran 2:03.91 in the 2009 NCAA prelims on her way to winning the title.
Miller's time is also No. 4 all-time on the American Junior indoor performer list behind only Mary Decker (2:01.8), Ajee' Wilson (2:02.64) and Mary Cain (2:02.75).
To close out the meet, the women's 4x400-meter relay of Taylor Bennett, Kiana Hawn, Kiana Horton and Leticia De Souza produced a school-record time of 3:32.09 to place second in the event. That time bettered the previous school record of 3:32.26 run by Carla Grace, LaKadron Ivery, Danielle Myricks and Angel Perkins at the NCAA meet in 2005. The quartet's time is also second-best in the country for the current season and BU's season-best after a time of 3:34.00 last week.
Freshman Max Willis picked up another event victory in the 60 meters. A week after winning the Texas A&M Team Invitational, the first-year Bear sprinted to a win in 6.65, which is the sixth-fastest time in the NCAA currently. Willis placed fourth in the prelims with a mark of 6.79 and improved on that time by .14 seconds in the final.
In her second meet back from injury, Brianna Richardson picked up another victory. She won the triple jump competition on her final attempt with a leap of 42-8 [13.00m], which is ninth-best in the NCAA.
Meanwhile, Rachel Toliver was fifth with a top jump of 40-11.5 [12.48m].
For the two-day meet the Bears won six events.
Cion Hicks recorded a best shot put of 54-2.75 [16.53m] to finish as the event runner-up, but her heave was still ninth-best in the country for the current season.
Leticia De Souza notched the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA for the current season in the 400 meters with a mark of 53.10, which was fourth among collegiates at the meet and sixth overall. It was also the seventh-fastest mark in BU history.
Maggie Montoya used a time of 9:23.33 to finish third in the 3,000-meters, which is currently seventh in the NCAA.
Rhys Phillips posted a fifth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.89.
Luke Littlefield (5,021 pts.) finished third in the heptathlon competition, while Chase Hood was fourth with personal-best point total of 4,816.
While senior George Caddick rested out of precaution, the men's 4x400-meter relay of Caleb Dickson, Max Willis, Zak Curran and Wil London finished third in 3:08.93.
TOP QUOTE #1
"Today was a really big day across the board. I still haven't quite processed it all, but our triple jumpers did great. Cion (Hicks) had another big throw. I think we had six total wins and a school record by the ladies in the relay. That was huge. Maxwell's 60-meter win was impressive. I think that kind of got everybody going. That was early and I think when he did that you could just see the excitement that it generated." - head coach Todd Harbour on the second day of competition
TOP QUOTE #2
"With Aaliyah I was hoping for 2:04 and she goes and runs 2:03, which just blew us away. She went out in 58.5 (400 meters) and 1:31 (600m) were her splits, which is just incredibly impressive." - head coach Todd Harbour on Aaliyah Miller
The Bears will take next week off, before heading back to College Station, Texas, for the Charlie Thomas Invitational on Feb. 3-4.
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COMPLETE SATURDAY BAYLOR RESULTS
8. Taylor Bennett (SO) - 7.43Q
13. Kiana Horton (SO) - 7.54 (ties personal best)
28. Juanita Mainoo (JR) - 7.78
9. Taylor Bennett (SO) - 7.52
4. Max Willis (FR) - 6.79q
8. Malik Wilson (JR) - 6.85q
19. Ian Braxton (FR) - 7.07
22. Cody Cunningham (SO) - 7.11
1. Max Willis (FR) - 6.65 (current No. 6 in NCAA)
7. Malik Wilson (JR) - 6.85
6. Leticia De Souza (JR) - 53.10 (No. 7 in BU history and current No. 5 in NCAA)
13. Kiana Hawn (JR) - 54.34
26. Victoria Powell (FR) - 56.10
14. Niko Harrell (FR) - 49.21
24. Antwuan Musgrove (SO) - 50.20
1. Aaliyah Miller (FR) - 2:03.43 (freshman collegiate record, No. 1 in world for current indoor season, No. 3 U.S. Junior (U-20) performance all-time, No. 2 in BU history)
4. Alison Andrews-Paul (FR) - 2:08.10 (current No. 14 in NCAA)
15. Jessica Purtell (SR) - 2:13.71
-- Jenna Pfeiffer (SR) - DNF
-- Zak Curran (SR) - DNS
5. Gabby Satterlee (FR) - 4:54.67
14. TJ Sugg (FR) - 4:14.44
3. Maggie Montoya (SR) - 9:23.33 (current No. 7 in NCAA)
7. Anna West (FR) - 9:33.78
9. Peyton Thomas (SR) - 9:40.45
10. Lindsey Bradley (FR) - 9:41.84
4. Rhys Phillips (SR) - 7.98q
5. Rhys Phillips (SR) 7.89 (current No. 15 in NCAA)
2. Baylor A (Taylor Bennett, Kiana Hawn, Kiana Horton, Leticia De Souza) - 3:32.09 (school record, current No. 2 in NCAA)
13. Baylor B (Victoria Powell, Jhane' King, Jessica Purtell, Gabby Satterlee) - 3:46.73
3. Baylor A (Caleb Dickson, Max Willis, Zak Curran, Wil London) - 3:08,93
11. Baylor B (Niko Harrell, Antwuan Musgrove, Brandon Moore, Robert Dutton) - 3:15.96
15. Baylor C (Ian Braxton, Malik Wilson, Danny Leland, Cody Cunningham) - 3:19.985
1. Brianna Richardson (SR) - 42-8 [13.00m] (current No. 9 in NCAA)
5. Rachel Toliver (SR) - 40-11.5 [12.48m]
10. Jacinta Fisher 38-2.75 [11.65m]
t7. Reed Rightmer (JR) - 15-11 [4.85m]
2. Cion Hicks (SR), 54-2.75 [16.53m] (current No. 9 in NCAA)
3. Luke Littlefield (FR) - 5,021 pts. (current No. 15 in NCAA)
4. Chase Hood (SR) - 4,816 pts.