Jan. 26, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Baylor's track and field team closed out the Razorback Invitational with freshman Felix Obi setting a school-record in the triple jump and junior Tiffani McReynolds earning a victory in the 60-meter hurdles on Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
"Today we had some highs and some lows," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We had some athletes that we hoped would perform better, but we also had four really big performances from Felix, Tiffany, Everett and Erin. We are just going to be patient and get ready to fight the next battle."
Obi, who was competing in just his second meet as a Baylor Bear, tallied the school-record on his sixth and final attempt in the triple jump. The personal-best leap of 52-4.5 earned Obi a third-place finish in the meet, after he won the Texas A&M Invitational with a jump of 50-7.25 two weeks ago. Obi passed Thaddeus Gordon, who held the BU record with a jump of 51-2.75 in 2009. In the NCAA rankings, Obi is currently fourth in 2013.
McReynolds shaved significant time off her season-best in the 60 hurdles to earn Baylor's second event title at the Razorback Invitational. After Everett Walker won the 200-meters on Friday, McReynolds posted a time of 8.10 to rank second in the NCAA this year. The time is also tied for her and the program's third-best all-time. In the first two 60-meter finals of her junior indoor season, McReynolds has finished first both times as she won the event two weeks ago in College Station, Texas, in 8.22.
On Saturday, Walker continued an outstanding weekend in Arkansas as he placed second in the 60-meter dash in 6.71. The senior's time is currently tied for 18th-best in the NCAA this year. McReynolds had also qualified for finals in the women's 60-meter dash, but the quick turnaround from hurdles prevented her from competing.
In the weight throw competition, Atkinson followed up a first-place finish at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational by finishing second with a throw of 67-4.75. That is the fourth best throw of her career and also the fourth-best in BU history. The mark is also currently ranked ninth in the NCAA this year.
Blake Heriot posted a personal-record and the 13th-best time in the NCAA in the 400-meters, placing sixth with a time of 47.25. He then led of Baylor's 4X400 relay team, which placed fourth in 3:10.48. The BU team also included Isaiah Duke, Richard Gary and Drew Seale and is currently ranked ninth in the nation.
The Baylor women's 4x400-meter relay team of Christina Holland, Alyssa Nichols, Brittany OgunMokun and Raena Rhone combined for a fifth-place finish in 3:41.97. Rhone was also 10th individually in the 400-meters with a new personal-best of 54.85.
On the men's side in the 60-meter hurdles Bryce Grace produced a time of 8.08, which was good enough for sixth place.
Brianna Richardson also scored for the Lady Bears as she finished eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 39-11.5
In the heptathlon, Hunter Brook just missed on a personal-best, but finished eighth with a point total of 4945.
Baylor also shined in several of the open races that were not scored. In the men's mile Jonathan Tijerina established a personal-best time of 4:14.34 for eighth place. In the women's 800-meters, Olicia Williams (2:12.95) notched a second-place finish in her first meet at BU. In that same race, Lizzy Whitney (2:17.89) was seventh.
As a team, the Baylor men finished tied for sixth with 56 points and with 30 points the BU women tied for ninth.
Baylor will be back on the track next weekend as the squad is split between the Nebraska Invitational and the Notre Dame Invitational, Feb. 1-2.
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