Feb. 2, 2013
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LINCOLN, Neb. - On a day where the Baylor track and field team rested some of its biggest weapons, senior Skylar White continued her solid start to the 2013 spring season with a victory in the shot put event at the 38th-annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Saturday at the Devaney Center.
"Overall I thought it was a great meet for us," associate coach Mike Ford said. "We did a good job coming in and getting ready for the Tyson Invitational next week without any major injuries. It is hard for our kids to go three weeks straight, so this was a week that we gave them the option on what they wanted to run, because next week is another big meet for them."
White, who tallied her second victory in three meets, threw 54-9.5 to outpace the field of 27 competitors. It was the sixth-best throw of her career and her second best this season, after winning the Texas A&M Invitational with a hurl of 55-0.75 on Jan. 12.
"Skylar has a little bit of a timing issue right now, but she is still throwing well," assistant head coach Danny Brabham said. "We are still working on some things and she will keep getting better."
To end the meet, Baylor's 4x400-meter relay team turned in its best time of the season, while running without two regular contributors. With Isaiah Duke and Blake Heriot watching, the team of Justin Allen, Richard Gary, Joe Barb and Drew Seale posted a time of 3:09.89. That mark was just .68 seconds off the lead and is the ninth best-time in the country this year.
"Our men's 4x4 team did very well despite having two guys nicked up right now," Ford said. "The other four guys today competed. The next man in line stood up with Justin Allen and Joe Barb doing a great job replacing Isaiah Duke and Blake Heriot."
In the women's 4x400-meter relay, the BU team of Christina Holland, Ashley Fields, Tiffani McReynolds and Michelle Nwachukwu was third in 3:43.85.
That race was the end of a long and successful day for Holland. The senior also finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 8.45. She opened the day by taking fourth in the 600-meters in 1:34.00.
"I was really proud of Christina today," Ford said. "She had a busy day and performed well in all her races. That is a lot to ask of anyone."
Just behind Holland in the 600-meters was Michelle Nwachukwu, who was sixth in 1:35.58. On the men's side in the event, Drew Seale was fifth with a time of 1:20.41 and Joe Barb finished seventh with a time of 1:21.08.
Everett Walker finished third in the 60-meter dash in 6.72. The senior now has placed in the top-four in each of Baylor's three spring meets this season.
"Tiny has been really consistent for us," Ford said. "The big thing for him right now is to be patient. I am happy with his third place finish against a good field, but I think he can drop some more."
Richard Gary was fifth in the finals of the 400-meter dash as he posted a 48.68.
Brianna Richardson also came in fifth as she recorded a leap of 39-10.5 in the triple jump.
In the women's 800-meters, Angela Tharpe (2:16.67) & Kristina Brown (2:17.24) both set personal-records, while finishing 7th & 8th, respectively. BU's Greg Bostick finished fifth on the men's side with a time of 1:56.76.
BU's lone men's distance runner at the event, Jonathan Tijerina, tallied a ninth-place finish in the mile run with a time of 4:17.50.
In consolation final action, Ashley Fields set a personal-record in 24.32 to finish third in the 200-meters.
Bryce Grace also had a personal-best time of 8.05 to finish second in the 60-meter hurdle consolation finals.
In the 60-meters, Tiffani McReynolds, who narrowly missed out making the finals, won the consolation finals by lowering her season-best time to 7.38. That mark is just .02 seconds off her career best.
On the second-day of the Meyo Invitational at Notre Dame's Loftus Sports Center, Baylor had six runners in action.
The highlight of the day came from freshman Olicia Williams, who produced a team-best time this year in 800-meters of 2:09.7 to finish eighth. Other top-10 performers in Indiana came from Raena Rhone, who was sixth in the 400-meters with a 55.66 and Mariah Kelly, who turned in a personal-best in the mile in 4:55.07 to take ninth.
Rachel Johnson also posted the best time by a Baylor female athlete in the 3,000-meters this season by running a 9:43.18 to place 15th.
Baylor will be back in action next week in Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 8-9.
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