Jan. 27, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.– Baylor’s track and field team came up with solid performances on a light first day at the Razorback Invitational on Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
In a field that featured 17 ranked teams with nine on the men’s side and eight on the women’s side, Baylor earned 11 top-10 finishes in a limited number of events. Half of the field events and just four running events were contested on the day.
“We ended the day on a pretty good note with our 200s running really well,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “Tomorrow is going to be a huge day for us against some great competition. We will really be able to get a good gauge of where we are in our training.”
Baylor fared well in the men’s and women’s 200-meter races, getting a fifth-place finish on each side. On the women’s side, Tiffani McReynolds ran her first 200 meters of the season to place fifth at 24.03. For the men, Blake Heriot continued to impress with a fifth-place finish and a time of 21.46, one of three Baylor runners in the top 10 under 21.6. Sophomore Everett Walker turned in a time of 21.55 to place eighth and senior Zwede Hewitt was one place and one-hundredth back.
Walker, along with Woodrow Randall, each made it through qualifying in the 60 meters, as well. Walker enters Saturday’s final with the 14th-best time of 6.90, while Randall grabbed the final qualifying spot in 16th at 6.94. For the women, Idia Omogiate placed 12th at 7.77 and Justine Charbonnet was 15th at 7.79 to each also qualify in the 60 meters.
In the field events, junior Skylar White earned the top finish for the Lady Bears, placing fifth in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, 2.5 inches. Also on the women’s side, Jessica Gabler and Charbonnet each posted top-10 finishes in the long jump. Gabler was ninth at 17-11.75 and Charbonnet was 10th at 17-11.
In the multi-events, sophomore transfer Michelle Ratliff made a charge in the last couple events of the pentathlon to finish in ninth with a score of 3,263 points, the fourth-best individual mark in program history.
In the only men’s distance race of the day, freshman Cameron Gifford placed fifth with a time of 15:19.65.
Baylor will be back at the Razorback Invitational on Saturday inside the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. The concluding day of the two-day meet will begin with both running and field events at 11 a.m.