AMES, Iowa - The Baylor track & field team saw underclassmen shine and multiple upperclassmen qualify for Saturday's finals on day one of the Big 12 Indoor Championship Friday at Lied Recreation Center in Ames, Iowa.
BU WOMEN NOTABLES
The Lady Bears began their title defense with freshman Tuesdi Tidwell's fourth place tie in the pole vault with a mark of 13-1 (3.99m) to get the team on the board. Tidwell became the first of six freshmen to earn all-conference recognition at their first Big 12 indoor meet.
BU also qualified two in the 600 yards with freshman Morgan Stewart clocking 1:21.76 to become the seventh-fastest indoor performer in the event. Tying Lauren Tillman who also recorded the same mark at the 2006 Big 12 Indoor Championship in Lincoln, Neb., Stewart will be joined by defending Big 12 600-yard champion Kiana Hawn who finished fourth with a time of 1:22.09.
Sarah Yocum and Tiffani Peacock concluded the five-event pentathlon with the 800 meters, each setting a new personal best with 2:23.44 and 2:30.55, respectively. The freshman duo finished 13th and 14th as Peacock's 3,000-point total made her the 10th-best performer in school history.
Anna West earned her second consecutive All-Big 12 honors in the 5,000 meters as she posted a time of 16:47.97.
The BU women sit in eighth place with 8.5 points after the first day of competition.
BU MEN NOTABLES
The Baylor men's team kicked off the day with a strong showing from sophomore Luke Littlefield in the seven-event heptathlon.
After posting a seventh-place finish in his opening event, Littlefield posted an indoor personal best in the shot put with 40-6.75 (12.36m) and finished fourth in the high jump with 6-2.25 (1.89m) to sit in fourth place (2,818 points) with three events remaining on Saturday.
Freshman Jalen Seals earned the team's first points with a seventh-place showing in the long jump with 24-9.25 (7.55m) for his first career All-Big 12 honors. A pair of Bears earned spot in the 60-meter final as Maxwell Willis (6.76) and Malik Wilson (6.77) finished sixth and seventh in the preliminary round.
The Bears had two top-10 finishes in the pole vault as freshman Riley Richards took third with 17-4.25 (5.29m) for his first career all-conference honors. Ryan Womack finished 10th with 16-6.5 (5.04m).
In the second-to-last event of the night, Devin Meyrer finished seventh in the 5,000 meters to earn his first career track all-conference honors with a time of 14:09.27. He is now an All-Big 12 honoree in track & field and cross country for the Bears.
The men are sitting in eighth place with 11 points after the first day of competition.
• Nine Bears earned All-Big 12 awards: three field events (men's and women's pole vault, long jump) and three running events (men's and women's 5,000 meters, distance medley relay).
• Of the nine Bears who received all-conference honors, eight were underclassmen.
• Freshmen Tuesdi Tidwell, Jalen Seals, Riley Richards, J.B. Sandlund, Devin Meyrer and Jeremy Meadows all earned their first career track All-Big 12 honors.
• Morgan Stewart joined Lauren Tillman as the seventh-fastest indoor performer in the 600 yards with a 1:21.76 time in the prelim round on Friday.
• Tiffani Peacock became the 10th-best performer in the pentathlon with 3,000 points.
• Luke Littlefield sits in fourth place with 2,818 points in the heptathlon heading into the final three events on Saturday.
• A total of 13 Bears (five men, eight women) qualified for 11 event finals on Saturday.
• Anna West earned All-Big 12 honors in the 5,000 meters for the second straight year.
"It was a good first day. It was a typical track meet where he had a couple of high (moments) and a couple of things that didn't quite go as we had planned. Overall, I thought it was a really good day. We did all that we could do on the ladies' side to put us in position tomorrow to have a shot. On the men's side, the freshmen did an outstanding job. Riley (Richards) did an outstanding job. Devin (Meyrer) in the 5K did really well. Anna (West) was great in the 5K. Tuesdi (Tidwell) in the pole vault - to have two freshmen in third and fourth is outstanding. I would have liked to do a little more, but we qualified a bunch on the ladies' side. Overall, it was a good day." -head coach Todd Harbour
The Bears conclude competition with day two of the Big 12 Indoor Championship on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Lied Recreation Center in Ames, Iowa. Live results can be found at results.deltatiming.com while subscribers can watch all meet long on FloTrack.
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