Feb. 1, 2008
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Baylor women's track and field team set a new school record in the distance medley relay on the first day of competition at the UW Invitational. At the Husker Invitational, all preliminary runners qualified for Saturday's event finals.
The DMR clocked 11:07.00, less than two seconds off the American record on an oversized track, to win the event. The Lady Bears finished ahead of Stanford and Oregon.
The previous school record of 11:07.72 was set during the 2006 indoor season in New York City. Nichole Jones led off for the Bears running the 1,200-meter leg. Carla Grace ran the 400 meters and passed to Danielle Bradley for the 800 meter leg. Lauren Hagans, who set a school record of 4:41.67 in the mile last weekend, took the stick with a seven-meter deficit and ran an anchor-leg mile of 4:35 to run down Stanford for the win.
"This is just a super job for our ladies to get another school record," said head coach Todd Harbour. "This was a great race to watch as we battled Stanford and Oregon throughout the whole race. You can't say enough about Lauren Hagans; so far this season she has elevated herself to a whole new level. She was something to watch on the anchor leg."
In other action at the UW Invitational, Jessi Barnes clocked a personal best of 16:45.34 in the women's 5,000 meters, missing the provisional qualifying time by 34 one-hundredths of a second.
At the Husker Invitational, Whitney Prevost took second in the men's long jump with a season-best leap of 7.36m (24-01 ¾). Prevost, who finished ninth in the preliminaries, advanced to the finals after another competitor withdrew due to injury. The freshman led the field until he was surpassed on the event's final jump.
"We didn't find out that Whitney made the finals until the last second," said assistant coach Stacey Smith. "He was cooling down and had to rush back to the long jump pit. He did a great job to focus and get a great jump."
Trey Harts had the fastest time in the men's 200 meter preliminaries at 21.42, the third straight week he finished as the top collegiate runner in the 200 meters. Courtney Thomas finished fourth in the preliminaries with a time of 21.61 to also qualify for the event finals.
Jeremy Jackson won his heat and finished fourth overall in the men's 60-meter dash in 8.08 to qualify for the event finals.
Tiffany Townsend finished third overall in the women's 60 meter preliminaries, running 7.45 to qualify for the event finals. Jessica Gregory won her heat with the fourth-fastest overall time of 7.50, a new season best, to move on to the finals. Brittany Carr finished ninth overall at 7.62 to qualify for the consolation finals.
Jacob Norman and Prevost both qualified for the men's 60 meter finals, as Norman clocked the fastest collegiate time of the day at 6.70 and Prevost won his heat in 6.76. Harts and Thomas finished ninth and tenth in 6.81 to qualify for the consolation finals.
"We are very excited about our performance tonight," said associate coach Michael Ford. "Everyone who ran a preliminary heat qualified to run tomorrow, and most of them made the finals. It is good to see Jacob [Norman] run well and get a provisional qualifying time."
Brittany Bruce finished ninth overall, qualifying for the consolation finals, in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 56.41. J.T. Scheuerman ran 48.68 in the men's 400 meters to qualify for the consolation finals with a ninth place overall finish.
Carr was the fourth-fastest finisher in the women's 200 meters with a time of 24.46 to qualify for the event finals.
Carson placed fourth in the women's long jump with a mark of 5.75m (18-10 ½). Brittany Devereaux finished fifth in the women's weight throw with a toss of 17.15m (56-03 ¼), tying her season-best mark.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow for day two of the Husker Invitational and UW Invitational. Saturday's events start at 1:45 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb. and 9 a.m. PDT in Seattle, Wash.