Feb. 10, 2017
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Led by the 400-meter performance of newcomer Leticia De Souza, Baylor's track and field teams opened the Tyson Invitational with eight top-10 finishes Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
De Souza, a junior, closed strong in her race to notch a personal-best time of 52.54 to be third in the invitational section of the 400 meters. That mark, which is second-fastest in school history, would have been fifth nationally entering the weekend.
On the men's side in the invitational 400 meters, George Caddick produced a season-best mark of 46.52 to be third as well. Caddick has improved his 400-meter time in all three races this season, starting at 47.10, before running 46.61 last week.
Baylor's lone athlete to advance from the prelims all the way to the finals on the day was Rhys Phillips in the 60-meter hurdles. He used times of 7.95 and then 7.88 in the prelims and semifinals, respectively, to reach the finals. In that race, Phillips took sixth in a season-best in 7.88. In the men's invitational mile, TJ Sugg was fifth with a personal-best time of 4:09.81.
Meanwhile in the collegiate section of the 400 meters, the Bears had three top-10 finishers, including Wil London, who placed second with a season-best time of 46.74. Fellow sophomore Caleb Dickson was eighth in a personal-best time of 47.42. On the women's side in the event, freshman Victoria Powell placed 10th in 54.63.
De Souza's mark is just .15 seconds off Yulanda Nelson's indoor school record of 52.39, which was established in 1999.
The Bears had three semifinalists in the 60 meters as Taylor Bennett placed 15th in that round with a season-best of 7.40, while on the men's side Max Willis was 11th in 6.76 and Malik Wilson was 6.85.
Baylor's other top-10 finish on the day was Brandon Moore in the 800 meters as he took fifth in the invitational in 1:55.48.
IOWA STATE CLASSIC
Meanwhile in Ames, Iowa, the Bears had four women's distance runners in action at the Iowa State Classic.
To close out the night, Maggie Montoya ran the seventh-best time (9:12.89) in school history to place second in the 3,000 meters. That mark is 11th-best in the NCAA entering the weekend.
In the 5,000 meters, Lindsey Bradley tallied the sixth-best time in BU history with a mark of 16:13.51. That time placed her 12th in the highly competitive field, but was the best time in the Big 12 this season in the event. Bradley's teammate, Peyton Thomas, suffered a fall, but still achieved over a 14-second PR to place 17th in 16:23.21.
Baylor will be back in action at both the Tyson Invitational and the Iowa State Classic on Saturday. Field events begin at 11 a.m., while running action kicks off at 1 p.m. in Arkansas, while BU's 800-meter races start at 2:55 p.m. in Iowa.
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15. Taylor Bennett (SO), 7.40 (season best)