COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Baylor's track and field team racked up five event wins on Saturday on the final day of the Charlie Thomas Invitational at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium.
Baylor's 4x400-meter relay of Wil London, Richard Gary, Brandon Moore and George Caddick gave BU its last event win to close out the meet. The quartet produced a time of 3:06.79 to deliver BU's second-straight win in that event in the building this year. The Bears outpaced Clemson (3:08.06) and Texas A&M (3:08.10).
Senior Felix Obi had Baylor's first event win of the day as he opened the long jump competition with a personal-best leap of 25-1.25 [7.65m]. After securing that mark, which was also a meet record, the ninth-best jump in school history and currently ranked No. 16 in the country, Obi fouled on his next two attempts and then passed on his final three jumps. However, the long first attempt held up throughout the competition to give Obi the crown, after he had placed second in the event with a then-personal-best leap of 24-11 [7.59m] at the facility three weeks ago.
In the 60-meter hurdles, the Bears captured another title and a fourth-place finish. For a third-straight meet, Bryce Grace won the 60-meter hurdle title with a time of 7.87 in the finals. Grace's teammate, Rhys Phillips, was fourth with a personal-best mark of 7.97.
For the second-consecutive meet, Caddick won the 400-meter dash with a personal-best time of 46.52. That marks sits fifth-nationally as Caddick used the final 100 meters to pass Texas A&M junior Fred Kerley, who owns the nation's third-fastest time this year. Gary placed fifth in the open quartermile with a time of 47.79.
In the field events, Cion Hicks produced a personal-best throw of 55-3 [16.84m] to win the shot put competition. The throw, which was fifth-best in BU history, moved the junior up to 11th in the NCAA for the current indoor season. Hicks' closest competitor in the event was eight feet below her winning throw.
In the middle distances, Baylor rolled to a pair of runner-up finishes. In her first race of the 2016 season, All-American Olicia Williams placed second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:06.98. That mark is eighth-best in school history. Meanwhile, earlier in the day Maggie Montoya finished second in the mile with a time of 4:44.11.
Annie Rhodes was a runner-up in the pole vault for a second-consecutive meet as she cleared 13-5 [4.09m], which was the ninth-best mark in school history.
Other top-five finishes for the Bears included Alex Lord, who was third in the high jump with a clearance of 5-5 [1.65m], Rachel Toliver, who placed fifth with a triple jump of 40-0 [12.19m] and Madie Zimmerman, who had a career-best time of 9:54.47 to be fifth in the 3,000 meters.
In the sprints freshman Taylor Bennett was fifth in both 60 and 200-meter events as she produced career-best times of 7.49 and 23.67, respectively. On the men's side in the 60-meter dash, Malik Wilson placed fifth with a time of 6.86.
Baylor finished fourth in the women's team competition with 66.60 points, while the men were third with 69 points.
Baylor had several former athletes in action Saturday. Trayvon Bromell won both the 60-meter (6.61) and the 200-meter (20.64) Olympic Development races.
Henry Vildosola was third in the heptathlon competition with 5,293 points.
Marcus Boyd was fourth in the 400-meter Olympic Development race with a time of 47.22.
Woodrow Randall was 10th in the 60-meter Olympic Development race with a time of 6.83.
TOP QUOTE #1
"Our men's 4x400-meter relay ran great. That was a great way to end the day. We have a little depth with that group, which is always nice. We had a lot of personal bests and people continuing to improve. Cion (Hicks) is continuing to move up nationally. She was great in the shot put today. We were off in some events, but this is the midpoint of the indoor season so that can happen. We have to push through that, but overall it was a good meet." - head coach Todd Harbour on the meet
Baylor will compete in its final regular season competition of the indoor season with a trip to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational, Feb. 12-13. Select distance runners will go to the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., on the same days.
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COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
5. Taylor Bennett (FR), 7.50q
12. Kiana Horton (FR), 7.60 (career best)
13. Justise Dayries (SR), 7.64 (career best)
19. Juanita Mainoo (SO), 7.75 (ties career best)
5. Taylor Bennett (FR), 7.49 (career best)
5. Malik Wilson (SO), 6.88q
12. Bryce Grace (SR), 7.01 (career best)
17. Rhys Phillips (JR), 7.04 (career best)
22. Cody Cunningham (FR), 7.08
5. Malik Wilson (SO), 6.86
5. Taylor Bennett (FR), 23.67 (career best)
9. Justise Dayries (SR), 23.89 (career best)
14. Kiana Horton (FR), 24.21
24. Juanita Mainoo (SO), 24.94
6. Wil London (FR), 21.32
11. Malik Wilson (SO), 21.60
23. Caleb Dickson (FR), 22.10
26. Cody Cunningham (FR), 22.27 (career best)
9. Kiana Hawn (SO), 55.30 (career best)
34. Kaitlynn Lindsey (SO), 58.74 (career best)
35. Amanda Dillon (FR), 58.84
40. Taylor Houston (JR), 1:00.96
1. George Caddick (JR), 46.52 (career best & currently 5th in NCAA)
5. Richard Gary (SR), 47.79
6. Isaiah Duke (SR), 47.91
20. Antwuan Musgrove (FR), 49.44 (career best)
25. Robert Dutton (SO), 50.40
2. Olicia Williams (SR), 2:06.98 (8th-best in BU history)
7. Charlotte Myers (SR), 2:09.83
10. Jessica Purtell (JR), 2:11.26
10. Brandon Moore (JR), 1:52.69
24. Danny Leland (FR), 1:57.63
2. Maggie Montoya (JR), 4:44.11
8. Chelsea Orr (SR), 4:47.40
12. Peyton Thomas (SO), 4:56.89 (career best)
25. Katie Grovatt (SO), 5:10.71 (career best)
22. Matt Parham (SO), 4:26.81 (career best)
5. Madison Zimmerman (SO), 9:54.47 (career best)
19. Sam Sahli (SO), 8:45.29
26. Jeff Kirwin (FR), 8:57.39 (career best)
16. Jenna Pfeiffer (SR), 9.20
21. Eva Morrison (FR), 9.85
1. Bryce Grace (SR), 7.94
4. Rhys Phillips (JR), 7.98
1. Bryce Grace (SR), 7.87
4. Rhys Phillips (JR), 7.97 (career best)
4. Baylor A (Taylor Bennett, Kiana Hawn, Kiana Horton, Olicia Williams), 3:42.04 (season best)
14. Baylor B (Kaitlynn Lindsey, Justise Dayries, Charlotte Myers, Amanda Dillon), 3:52.22
1. Baylor A (Wil London, Richard Gary, Brandon Moore, George Caddick), 3:06.79
9. Baylor B (Antwuan Musgrove, Isaiah Duke, Caleb Dickson, Robert Dutton), 3:14.46
t3. Alex Lord (FR), 5-5 [1.65m]
t7. Kaylyn Schultz (SR), 5-3 [1.60m]
6. Blaine Listach (FR), 6-8.25 [2.04m] (ties career best)
2. Annie Rhodes (JR), 13-5 [4.09m]
16. Elizabeth Armstrong (FR), 10-11.5 [3.34m]
6. Greyson Gonzalez (FR), 15-1.5 [4.61m]
8. Reed Rightmer (SO), 15-1.5 [4.61m] (career best)
-- Jenna Pfeiffer (SR), DNS
1. Felix Obi (SR), 25-1.25 [7.65m] (career best, meet record, 9th-best in BU history & currently ties 16th in NCAA)
5. Rachel Toliver (JR), 40-0 [12.19m]
6. Danylle Kurywchak (SR), 39-8.75 [12.11m]
1. Cion Hicks (JR), 55-3 [16.84m] (career best, 5th-best in BU history & currently 11th-best in NCAA)
22. Carly Grandcolas (JR), 34-0 [10.36m] (career best)
23. Jenna Pfeiffer (SR), 33-8.75 [10.28m]
24. Amani Dotson (FR), 29-8.75 [9.06m] (career best)
6. Desmine Hilliard (SR), 51-11 [15.82m]
22. Michelle Campa (FR), 43-0.25 [13.11m]
13. Chase Hood (JR), 3,673 pts.