Feb. 1, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. - In the final event on day one at the 38th-annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational, Baylor got its first event win with Erin Atkinson claiming the weight throw competition. The victory headlined Friday's action at the Devaney Center as the Bears went on to claim a total of nine top-10 finishes.
"Our sprinters did a great job today," associate coach Mike Ford said. "Tiffani and Everett both had PRs and Everett advanced to the finals, which was great. In the field events, Felix Obi was very good in the long jump against a tough field and Erin Atkinson had a great day with her best throw of the season."
Atkinson tallied her season-high throw of 67-8.25 to take the weight throw event, while Felix Obi was fourth by tying his season-best leap of 23-10.25 in the finals of the long jump. Atkinson throw currently ranks eighth nationally.
Everett Walker carried over his success from the Razorback Invitational by setting a personal-best time of 6.69 in the 60-meter preliminaries. Walker had twice run 6.70 this season, but his new mark now currently ranks tied for 16th nationally.
Meanwhile on the women's side, reigning Big 12 female athlete of the week Tiffani McReynolds posted a season-best time of 7.41 to narrowly miss out on the finals by .006 seconds. She then turned around to run a 23.82 for fifth-place in the 200-meter preliminaries. That mark is her personal-record, topping the 23.89 time she tallied at the Razorback Invitational in 2011.
Alex Reece also set a personal record in the 60-meters as he ran 6.86 to tie for 15th. He will take part in Saturday's consolation finals for the event.
In the 400-meters, a pair of Baylor freshman, Richard Gary and Isaiah Duke, shined with the fourth and fifth best times on the day. Gary finished the quarter mile in 48.25, while Duke completed the two laps in 48.38.
McReynolds took a break from her specialty, the 60-meter hurdles, but Christina Holland steped in to be BU's lone finals qualifier in the event. The senior recorded an 8.62 to place seventh in the preliminary round. On the men's side in the event, freshman Bryce Grace narrowly missed out making the finals as he turned in an 8.09. That time was just .006 seconds outside of eighth place.
Michelle Ratliff was Baylor's top finisher in the women's pentathlon as she scored 3,376 to finish 12th. That point total was the best of her career and the eighth-best mark in program history. Her teammate in the competition Jessica Shadley also set a personal-record with 3,372 points. That total is ninth-best in BU's history.
In the only action for Baylor at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational, the distance medley relay team of Olicia Williams, Raena Rhone, Brittany OgunMokun and Mariah Kelly were sixth in a time of 11:46.27.
Baylor will be back in action at both locations on Saturday.
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