Jan. 25, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Highlighted by Everett Walker's win in the 200-meters, Baylor posted nine scoring performances in 15 event finals to open the Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Friday.
"Overall, it was a good first day," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We had a lot of good things happen with a lot of people qualifying and hopefully we can continue it on to tomorrow."
Walker recorded the fourth-best time in the NCAA this season and the 10th-best time in program history as he finished the one-lap race in 20.81. His time was a personal-best, eclipsing his previous mark of 21.08 set at last season's Big 12 Championships.
Blake Heriot also tallied a strong performance in the 200-meters as he was fifth in 21.21.
"The highlight of the day would have to be Everett's 200," Harbour said. "That is a really, really good time this early in the season. He executed really well. Blake Heriot also had a really good 200."
In the 5,000-meter run, Baylor had three scoring men's runners. Brad Miles was six-hundredths of a second from setting a new personal-best, but still finished third in 14:46.73. Brandon Reed (14:50.61) was 5th and Blake Niccum (15:00.63) was 8th. Niccum's time obliterated his previous personal record of 15:35.80.
The BU men also had a solid day in the field events.
On the women's side, Skylar White followed up her win in the shot put at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational with a fifth-place showing by throwing 54-2.0.
In the women's pentathlon, Jessica Shadley led a group of three BU athletes by scoring a personal-best 3,332 points for an eighth-place finish. The junior also posted personal records in the 60-meter hurdles (9.23) and the 800-meter run (2:30.10).
In the 60-meter hurdle qualifying, Tiffani McReynolds continued to impress as she had the top time on the night with a season-best tying time of 8.22. BU's Taije Jordan (8.68) and Christina Holland with a personal-best tying time of 8.51 also qualified for the semifinals. On the men's side, Bryce Grace was 10th in 8.19 to qualify for the semifinal round.
Baylor had qualifiers on both the men's and women's side for Saturday's semifinals of the 60-meters. In her first run in the event this spring, McReynolds turned in a 7.47, which was the fourth-best time in the preliminary round. Walker continued his strong start to the season in the event as he posted a personal-best tying time of 6.70. That mark was second-best on the evening. Alex Reece also qualified with a time of 6.97 to make the 16-person semifinals.
Through four events of the men's heptathlon, Baylor's Hunter Brook sits in sixth place with 2934 points. The junior set new personal bests in each event contested on day one. He clocked a time of 7.48 in the 60-meter hurdles, while registering leaps of 21-2.25 in the long jump and 6-8.25 in the high jump. In the shot put event, Brook tallied a throw of 43-8.5. The high jump was the third-best in the competition and the shot put throw was fourth.
Currently, Baylor is fourth in the men's standings with 30 points, while the women are 10th with five points.
On Saturday, field events will resume at 11 a.m. with running events beginning at noon.
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