Feb. 23, 2013
AMES, Iowa - Junior Erin Atkinson took second in the weight throw and freshman Felix Obi tallied a third-place finish in the long jump to lead the Baylor track and field team on Saturday at the Big 12 Indoor Championships at the Lied Recreation Center.
"Today we got a lot of people qualified and had a lot of personal bests," head coach Todd Harbour said. "Although some of them didn't make the finals or get on the awards stand, I am still proud of them for coming up to the conference meet and running their best. That is all you can ask."
In total, Baylor had 17 qualifying performances by 14 individuals on the first day of the two-day competition. As a group, the Bears posted 13 career-best performances and eight season-best showings.
Atkinson threw the fourth-best throw of her career, 67-6.75, to take second. The junior has finished in the top two of the weight throw competition in all five meets that Baylor has competed in this fall.
"Erin had a great day in the weight throw," Harbour said. "She has been consistent for us all season and got some big points for us today."
Obi, produced a leap of 24-7.25 on his fourth jump of the day to set a new career-best by nine inches and finish third in the competition.
"Felix had a great performance in the long jump to get a huge personal-best," Harbour said. "For him to be in the top three at the Big 12 in his freshman year is outstanding."
Baylor had three competitors qualify in multiple events. Blake Heriot had a career-best time of 21.03 to be the second-fastest time in the 200-meters. He also qualified third in the 400-meters in 47.33.
Everett Walker lowered his personal-best time in the 60-meters to 6.68 as he qualified second in the 60-meters. The senior was the lone participant at the meet to be under 21 seconds in the 200-meters as his qualifying time was 20.99.
Tiffani McReynolds had the seventh-best qualifying time in 7.47 in the 60-meters and then qualified second in 8.34 in the 60-meter hurdles.
"I thought we fought really hard today," Harbour said. "We are not sitting point-wise where we want to be, but we have a lot of potential to score a bunch of points tomorrow with people like Blake Heriot, Tiffani McReynolds and Everett Walker running well."
In the team races, Baylor is sitting seventh on the women's side with 10 points and has eight qualifiers to carry over from Saturday. The men are in seventh place with eight points, but have six qualifiers that earned a spot into Sunday's finals.
In the 1,000 meters, Mariah Kelly was the lone BU participant and carded a season-best time of 2:52.39 to qualify first.
The 600-yard races will have one BU representative on the women's side and two participants on the men's in the finals. On the women's side, Michelle Nwachukwu ran the seventh-best qualifying time of 1:22.43. For the men, Drew Seale's turned in a season-best time of 1:10.52, while Joe Barb had a career day with a mark of 1:11.32 to qualify fifth and third, respectively.
Senior Christina Holland also made the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, after running a 8.47 to qualify fourth.
Baylor got some team points as both its distance medley relay teams finished seventh. The women's squad made up of Bree Schrader, Idia Omogiate, Kristina Brown and Kelly recorded a season-best time of 11:45.90. Meanwhile, the men's team of Gavyn Nero, Justin Allen, Greg Bostick and Jonathan Tijerina posted a season-best time of 9:58.47.
Heriot appeared to be the lone qualifier in the 400-meters, but a disqualification moved Isaiah Duke up to the eighth-best time in 48.02. On the women's side Raena Rhone will represent the Bears in the quarter mile race by qualifying fifth in 54.38.
On the women's side in the 200-meters, Ashley Fields ran a career-best of 23.64 to be fifth and qualify for the finals.
Alex Reece will join Walker in the 60-meters, after running a 6.83 to be seventh in qualifying.
Baylor will be back on the track at the Lied Tennis Center at Iowa State on Sunday. The final day of the Big 12 Indoor Championships will begin at 11 a.m. with the conclusion of the heptathlon and running events.
Total Qualifiers (14 individuals/17 events)
Women (8, 9)
Tiffani McReynolds (60m; 60 Hurdles), Raena Rhone (400m), Michelle Nwachukwu (600y), Brittany OgunMokun (800m), Olicia Williams (800m), Mariah Kelly (1,000m), Christina Holland (60 Hurdles), Ashley Fields (200m),
COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
(Q=qualified by heat finish or q = qualified by time for finals)
Note: preliminary places are based on way qualified, not necessarily on time.
7. Tiffani McReynolds (JR) - 7.47q
15. Ashley Fields (FR) - 7.60 (career best)
21. Idia Omogiate (SR) - 7.68 (career best)
22. Justise Dayries (FR) - 7.68 (career best)
24. Justine Charbonnet (JR) - 7.69
2. Everett Walker (SR) - 6.68Q (career best)
7. Alex Reese (FR) - 6.83q
5. Raena Rhone (SO) - 54.38q
11. Alyssa Nichols (JR) - 56.55 (season best)
3. Blake Heriot (JR) - 47.33Q
8. Isaiah Duke (FR) - 48.02q
11. Richard Gary (FR) - 48.13
16. Justin Allen (SR) - 48.98
7. Michelle Nwachukwu (SO) - 1:22.43q
11. Christina Holland (SR) - 1:24.70
3. Joe Barb (SR) - 1:11.32Q (career best)
5. Drew Seale (SR) - 1:10.52q (season best)
11. Bryce Grace (FR) - 8.43
Distance Medley Relay
7. Baylor (Schrader, Omogiate, Brown, Kelly) - 11:45.90 (season best)
7. Baylor (Nero, J. Allen, Bostick, Tijerina) - 9:58.47 (season best)
12. Kim Parr (SO) - 11-9 [3.58m] (career best)
Heptathlon (Through Four Events)
7. Hunter Brook (JR) - 2,880 points
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