Sophomore Erin Atkinson
Feb. 4, 2012
NEW YORK - Baylor's track and field team claimed two more victories on the final day of action on Saturday at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the Armory Track Center in New York, N.Y.
Baylor's two victories on the day from the women's side give the team a total of four for the weekend. In the overall team races, Baylor finished fifth on the men's side with 36 points and sixth on the women's with 44 points.
"This is a great meet with a bunch of the top teams in the nation, so to come out of it finishing in the top six means we had a solid weekend," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We had the typical highs and lows, but there were a lot of positives. We had a great weekend from our throwers Erin (Atkinson) and Skylar (White). They were really impressive. We had some good 3K's from Rachel (Johnson) and Cate (Westenhover), and Patrick (Schoenball) and Gavyn (Nero) had a good weekend on the track. Now it's time for us to go to work and continue to improve."
Sophomore transfer Erin Atkinson, like her shot put counterpart Skylar White a day earlier, broke her own school record in the women's weight throw to win the event. Atkinson, who had set and broke the BU record in the event in her two previous meets, improved to a mark of 67 feet, nine inches. Her mark moves keeps her second in the Big 12 and seventh in the NCAA. Even more impressively, all six of Atkinson's throws on the day were over 65 feet.
Another newcomer, freshman Rachel Johnson, continued to impress in the 3,000 meters with a victory over a solid field. Johnson hung tight with the leaders throughout the race, and then made her finishing move on the final lap for a personal-best of 9:28.27. Senior Cate Westenhover turned in a solid time in the 3,000 meters as well, running a six-second personal best of 9:30.46 to place fifth.
Baylor also had a good day in the men's 4x800-meter relay. The team of freshman Patrick Schoenball, junior Gavyn Nero, freshman Greg Bostick and senior Philip Raaf ran the fourth-fastest time ever at Baylor of 7:31.16 to finish as the meet's runner-up.
In the 4x400-meter relay, Baylor's men finished fifth with a time of 3:11.84 from the team of senior Zwede Hewitt, junior Justin Allen, junior Drew Seale and sophomore Blake Heriot. The Baylor women's 4x400-meter relay team placed ninth overall with a time of 3:40.67 from the team of senior Diamond Richardson, sophomore Alyssa Nichols, junior Brittany OgunMokun and freshman Raena Rhone.
Baylor will have a meet for the third weekend in a row next Saturday at the Texas A&M Invitational. Action is set to begin at noon in both running and field events. The meet will be Baylor's final tune-up before the Big 12 Indoor Championships two weeks later.
Women - College
38. Lizzy Whitney (JR), 2:19.04
Men - College
20. Brad Miles (SO), 15:11.41
Women - Championship
9. Baylor (Diamond Richardson, Alyssa Nichols, Brittany OgunMokun, Raena Rhone), 3:40.67
Men - Championship
5. Baylor (Zwede Hewitt, Justin Allen, Drew Seale, Blake Heriot), 3:11.84