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Track Turns in Solid First Day at NBCI

Junior Drew Seale

Feb. 3, 2012

Complete Results

NEW YORK- Baylor earned two victories on the first day of action at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, winning the women's shot put and men's 1,000 meters on Friday at the Armory Track in New York, N.Y.

"We had a really solid day and are expecting some big things from our team tomorrow," head coach Todd Harbour said. "I am really proud of the way Skylar (White) continues to improve in the shot put, and it was great to see Patrick come out in his first 1,000 in a Baylor uniform and perform the way he did. We had a bunch of good performances today with Drew (Seale) in the 500, Tiff (McReynolds) in the hurdles and our ladies in the long jump. We are really looking forward to another good day tomorrow."

White, who owns the top 10 performances in the shot put in school history, rewrote her own school record again on Friday. The junior unleashed a toss of 56 feet, 10 inches (17.32m) to win the event, earn automatic qualifying status into this year's NCAA Indoor Championship and position herself sixth in the nation.

In his first 1,000-meter race in a Baylor uniform, Schoenball vaulted himself to the top of the Big 12 standings. Against a solid field that featured teammate Gavyn Nero, Schoenball hung in second place for the first four laps and pulled away over the final lap for a comfortable win at 2:23.67. His time is the third-fastest in Baylor history, just behind Nero's career-best run last season. Nero, meanwhile, began the final lap in fifth, but closed hard to finish in second at 2:25.53.

Junior Drew Seale turned in one of the top finishes of the day for the Bears, placing third in the championship division of the 500 meters with a time of 1:02.49. His time is the seventh-fastest run in the NCAA this season.

Sophomore Tiffani McReynolds had a full day of competition, running four races. In the 60-meter hurdles, she improved her fourth-place prelim time of 8.31 to place third in the championship final with a time of 8.18. Her best time of the season ranks her first in the Big 12 and seventh in the NCAA. McReynolds also ran prelims and finals of the 60 meters, ending with a 12th-place finish and a best of the day of 7.42.

In the 400 meters, Baylor had season-best performances on both sides. For the women, senior Diamond Richardson earned a qualifying spot in the championship final with an eighth-place run of 54.56. Sophomore Alyssa Nichols ran her season-best of 56.58 to place seventh in the collegiate division. On the men's side, Zwede Hewitt advanced to the championship final with a sixth-place time of 47.77 and Justin Allen placed third in the collegiate division with a time of 48.28 to reach the consolation final on Saturday.

In the college division of the women's long jump, Jessica Ubanyionwu and Justine Charbonnet each turned in performances worthy of the Big 12's top 10. Ubanyionwu placed fourth in the meet with a leap of 18-11.25, while Charbonnet was sixth at 18-9.75.

In the college division of the 500 meters, Michelle Nwachukwu placed sixth with a time of 1:14.71 for the women, and Philip Raaf finished fourth at 1:04.79 for the men.

The women's distance medley relay turned in a top-10 NCAA time of 11:13.18. Cate Westenhover opened with a 3:25.2 run on the 1,200-meter leg, followed by a 53.3 400m leg from Diamond Richardson, a 2:09.8 800m carry from Brittany OgunMokun and a finishing mile of 4:44.2 for Rachel Johnson.

Baylor will be back on the track at the Armory on Saturday for the final competition of the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. Events are set to begin on the track at 9 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT. Live results and video is available at

60 Meters
Women - Championship Prelims [Finals]
12. Tiffani McReynolds (JR), 7.42q [12th - 7.43]
Women - College Prelims [Consolation Finals]
6. Justine Charbonnet (SO), 7.70q [5th - 7.65]
28. Idia Omogiate (SO), 7.83
67. Jessica Gabler (JR), 8.01

60 Meters
Men - Championship Prelims

19. Everett Walker (JR), 6.85
24. Woodrow Randall (SR), 6.88

200 Meters
Women - College Prelims

47. Justine Charbonnet (SO), 25.72
74. Michelle Ratliff (SO), 26.44

400 Meters
Women - Championship

8. Diamond Richardson (SR), 54.56q (advances to championship final)
30. Raena Rhone (FR), 56.31
Women - College Prelims
7. Alyssa Nichols (SO), 56.58
Men - Championship
6. Zwede Hewitt (SR), 47.77q (advances to championship final)
11. Blake Heriot (SO), 47.94
Men - College Prelims
3. Justin Allen (JR), 48.28q (advances consolation final)
19. Joe Barb (JR), 49.47

500 Meters
Women - College

6. Michelle Nwachukwu (SO), 1:14.71
11. Christina Holland (SO), 1:15.54
Men - Championship
3. Drew Seale (JR), 1:02.49 (Ranks seventh-fastest in NCAA this season)
Men - College
4. Philip Raaf (SR), 1:04.79
26. Gabriel El Hanbli (SO), 1:06.57

1,000 Meters
Women - Championship

12. Mariah Kelly (FR), 2:53.74 (8th-fastest individual in Baylor history)
Men - Championship
1. Patrick Schoenball (FR), 2:23.67 (Currently No. 1 in Big 12 and No. 8 in NCAA; Third-best all-time at BU)
2. Gavyn Nero (JR), 2:25.53
25. Greg Bostick (FR), 2:32.14

5,000 Meters
Women - Championship

10. Erin Hegarty (FR), 16:55.45
Men - Championship
11. Robbie Knorr (SR), 14:37.89

Distance Medley Relay
Women - Championship

5. Cate Westenhover (SR), Diamond Richardson (SR), Brittany OgunMokun (JR), Rachel Johnson (FR) - 11:13.18 (Currently ranks No. 10 in NCAA; No. 6 all-time mark at Baylor)

60 Hurdles
Women - Championship Prelims [Finals]

4. Tiffani McReynolds (SO), 8.31q [3rd - 8.18] (Ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 7 in NCAA)
28. Christina Holland (JR), 8.67
Women - College Prelims
47. Jessica Shadley (SO), 9.30
Men - Championship Prelims
46. Gabriel El Hanbli (SO), 8.32
Men - College Prelims
29. Eric Bostick (SR), 9.01
32. Hunter Brook (SO), 9.28

Long Jump
Women - College

4. Jessica Ubanyionwu (SR), 18-11.25 [5.77m]
6. Justine Charbonnet (SO), 18-9.75 [5.73m]
24. Jessica Gabler (JR), 17-10.75 [5.44]
Men - College
51. Henry Vildosola (SO), 20-0.25 [6.10m]
52. Eric Bostick (SR), 19-5.5 [5.93m]
54. Hunter Brook (SO), 18-9.25 [5.72m]

High Jump
Women - College

13. Lauren Rover (SO), 5-5 [1.65m]
-- Lauren Cook (FR), NH

Shot Put
Women - Championship

1. Skylar White (JR), 56-10 [17.32m] (Baylor school record; Automatic NCAA qualifier, Currently No. 6 in NCAA in 2012)
Men - Championship
40. Desmine Hilliard (FR), 48-6.25 [14.79m]



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