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Three School Records Fall Saturday

Lauren Cook

Feb. 15, 2014

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In their final action before the Big 12 Championships, Baylor track and field athletes broke three school records on Saturday.

Felix Obi bettered his own school-record mark in the triple jump on his final attempt at the Tyson Invitational. The sophomore unleashed a jump of 53-11.25 [16.44m] to place second in the competition. Obi bested his previous record of 53-2.75 [16.22m] by 8-5 [.22m], which he set at the Rod McCravy Memorial three weeks ago.  His jump on Saturday is currently the best in the nation for a Division I athlete.

Meanwhile at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., Baylor's two distance runners, Rachel Johnson and Mariah Kelly, both set school records.

In the 3,000 meters, Johnson (9:08.36) took down the 23-year old school record of Natalie Nalepa (9:13.66). The junior finished sixth, bettering her own personal best by over 14 seconds (9:22.58).

In the mile event, Kelly placed 13th in a time of 4:41.38, which was .29 seconds faster than the 2008 school-record time of Lauren Hagans (4:41.67). The junior improved her own personal-best time by over five seconds (4:46.62).

Obi was not the only Bear to shine on Baylor's final day at Tyson Invitational in the Randal Tyson Track Center. 

Freshman Trayvon Bromell established a new PR in the 200 meters with a time of 21.02 to take third. Teammate Blake Heriot was close behind in 21.08 for fourth.

At the 3,000-meter distance, BU athletes racked up two personal-record times. Peyton Thomas (9:58.08) was ninth in the college division, while Alex Davis was fourth in the championship race in 9:44.22. On the men's side, Brad Miles carded a top-five finish in 8:34.57 to be fifth.

BU's high jumpers opened the day strong as Lauren Cook (5-9.75 [1.77m]) and Kaylyn Schultz (5-5.75 [1.67m]) both tallied personal-best marks, while finishing second and fourth, respectively. Cook's mark currently ranks fourth in the Big 12 and was second all-time in BU history.

In the 4x400-meter relay, Baylor's women (Alyssa Nichols, Raena Rhone, Olicia Williams, Michelle Nwachukwu) had a season-best time of 3:37.53 to be eighth at the meet.


  • Baylor athletes set a total of 10 personal bests on the day.
  • Obi has broken the school record in the triple jmp six times in his two years at BU.

3 - the number of school records that fell on Saturday. BU has had seven school records set in 2014.

" It was one of our better weekend that I can remember. That's the kind of weekend you hope for going into conference. We still have some stuff we can improve on, but overall we were really solid." - head coach Todd Harbour on the weekend overall

"Felix was amazing. To have the number one jump in the nation is a big deal. Mariah and Rachel ran great races. They bettered the records of two special ladies in BU track history, so that is impressive." - head coach Todd Harbor on the school records set


Baylor will take next week off before traveling to the Big 12 Indoor Championships, Feb. 28-March 1, in Ames, Iowa.

To stay current on all things Baylor Track, follow the team on Twitter: @BaylorTrack.

Mile - Invite

13. Mariah Kelly (JR), 4:41.38 (school record, seventh amongst DI collegiates)

3,000 Meters - Invite
6. Rachel Johnson (JR), 9:08.36 (school record, fifth among DI collegiates)


200 Meters
17. Justise Dayries (SO), 24.05 (personal best)
19. Kehri Jones (SO), 24.12 (personal best)
55. Alyssa Nichols (SR), 25.08
3. Trayvon Bromell (FR), 21.02 (personal best)
4. Blake Heriot (SR), 21.08
31. Alex Reece (SO), 21.72
3,000 Meters
Women - College
9. Peyton Thomas (FR), 9:58.08 (personal best)

Women - Championship
4. Alex Davis (FR), 9:44.22 (personal best)

Men - College
5. Brad Miles (SR), 8:34.57
15. JR Hardy (FR), 8:47.60
19. Jordan West (FR), 8:55.59

4x400-Meter Relay
8. Baylor (Alyssa Nichols, Raena Rhone, Olicia Williams, Michelle Nwachukwu), 3:37.53 (season best)

6. Baylor (Karrie Butler, Isaiah Duke, Blake Heriot, Richard Gary), 3:09.46

High Jump
Women - College
2. Lauren Cook (JR), 5-9.75 [1.77m] (personal best and second best in school history)
4. Kaylyn Schultz (SO), 5-5.75 [1.67m] (personal best)
-- Lauren Rover (SR), NH
-- Jessica Shadley (SR), NH

Men - College
14. Hayden Loudenslager (SR), 6-5 [1.96m]
-- Rhys Phillips (FR), NH
-- Henry Vildosola (SR), NH
-- Hunter Brook (SR), NH

Pole Vault
Men - College
-- Chase Hood (FR), NH

Triple Jump
Women - College
7. Kaitlin West (JR), 40-3.5 [12.28m]

Men - Championship
2. Felix Obi (SO), 53-11.25 [16.44m] (school record and first nationally)
Shot Put
15. Cion Hicks (FR), 46-1.5 [14.06m]

28. Henry Vildosola (SR), 41-10.5 [12.76m]
29. Hunter Brook (SR), 40-9.5 [12.43m]
-- Desmine Hilliard (JR), DNS



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