Feb. 25, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Baylor track and field's Tiffani McReynolds claimed her second consecutive 60 hurdles title to lead the way at the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Saturday in College Station, Texas.
In the team races, Baylor's women improved three spots from last season, tying for fourth overall with 76 points. For the men, Baylor's second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay vaulted them from a tie for sixth with two other teams into fifth with 53 points. The men's finish is also a one place improvement from 2011. Texas A&M claimed both the men's and women's Big 12 team titles.
"Our guys in the heptathlon kind of typified the whole effort for the weekend," head coach Todd Harbour said. "They fought right down to the wire, and finishing just one point ahead of sixth, we needed everything they gave us. It was huge. We were basically represented in every area on the ladies' side. Middle distance did well, sprints, hurdles, field events, throws. Everybody contributed, so it was a total team effort on the ladies' side."
McReynolds, who came in as the league-leading favorite and defending champion in the 60 hurdles, got off to a great start and finished strong for a season-best time of 8.15 to claim her third-career Big 12 title. Less than 10 minutes later, McReynolds added another all-Big 12 performance in the 60 meters. After trotting back down the straightaway from her hurdles title, McReynolds got back in the blocks and turned in a season-best 60-meter time of 7.42 to place third. McReynolds' meet total of 16 points was the fourth-highest on the women's side for an individual on the weekend.
"[The 60 hurdles] was very exciting, because both years have been really close races," McReynolds said. "I feel like it's more fulfilling, because they're such close, competitive races. So you like it a lot more, you have so much more appreciation for the actual title of Big 12 champion."
Baylor's 4x400-meter relays each posted top-five finishes at the end of the day, including a runner-up finish on the men's side. Zwede Hewitt, Justin Allen, Drew Seale and Blake Heriot combined for a time of 3:07.27, just .10 seconds off their season best. For the women, Raena Rhone, Alyssa Nichols, Brittany OgunMokun and Diamond Richardson turned in a fifth-place finish with a season-best of 3:38.42.
In the men's field events, junior Eric Bostick and sophomore Hunter Brook each broke Brook's own school heptathlon record, but Bostick will now hold the honor with his total of 5,017 points. Bostick's total earns him all-Big 12 honors in seventh place, while Brook also finished all-conference in eighth.
Baylor's Patrick Schoenball, Jessica Ubanyionwu and Skylar White each posted runner-up finishes in their events. For the men, the freshman Schoenball nearly pulled off a championship, but fell just short in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:24.35 for his first-career all-Big 12 honor.
White, on the other hand, had the second-best toss of her career in the shot put of 56 feet, 8.75 inches to earn her seventh-career all-conference honor. Also for the women, senior Jessica Ubanyionwu had her best indoor meet of the season with a second-place finish in the triple jump at 42-0.5.
In the middle distance races, Baylor's Cate Westenhover, Seale and OgunMokun led the charge with a trio of third-place finishes. Westenhover turned in a career-best mile of 4:45.65, the fastest for the Baylor women in three years.
Seale was third in the 600 yards at 1:10.61, just ahead of sixth-place teammate Joe Barb's 1:12.74. OgunMokun held a lead early in the 800 meters, going on to finish third at 2:08.00. Lizzy Whitney also earned all-Big 12 honors in the race, placing eighth at 2:17.92.
In the sprints, Baylor's men posted solid points in all three races, led by a pair of solid races from Everett Walker. The junior followed a fifth-place 60-meter finish (6.77) with a season-best 200 meters in a time of 21.08. His time moves him into the top 15 in the NCAA this season. Heriot also posted two all-Big 12 performances individually, finishing fifth in the 200 meters (21.34) and eighth in the 400 meters (49.31).
Also in the sprints, Hewitt posted a sixth-place finish in the 200 meters at 21.36, while Allen and Dennis Scruggs were sixth (48.26) and seventh (48.41) in the 400 meters and Woodrow Randall was seventh in the 60 meters (6.88).
Sophomore Mariah Kelly added her second all-conference honor of the weekend with a seventh-place finish in the 1,000 meters, clocking a time of 2:51.52.
Christina Holland and Michelle Nwachukwu each posted all-Big 12 performances in the 600 yards, placing seventh and eighth, respectively. Nwachukwu was just off her career best with a time of1:22.61, her second sub-1:23 time in two days. Holland, who also placed fifth in the 60 hurdles (8.61) on the day, bettered her preliminary-round time by three seconds with a 1:23.07 clocking.
Baylor will travel a select number of competitors to last-chance qualifying meets at Notre Dame and Arkansas on Feb. 2-3. The meets will give those with marks near qualifying one more chance to improve their national standing.
All-Conference Performers (25 competitors; 38 honors)
Women (14 competitors; 21 honors)
Erin Atkinson (Weight Throw), Jessica Ubanyionwu (Long Jump; Triple Jump), Cate Westenhover (Mile; DMR), Diamond Richardson (4x400m, DMR), Mariah Kelly (1,000m; DMR), Rachel Johnson (DMR), Tiffani McReynolds (60m; 60H), Christina Holland (600y, 60H), Michelle Nwachukwu (600y), Skylar White (Shot Put), Brittany OgunMokun (800m, 4x400m), Lizzy Whitney (800m), Raena Rhone (4x400m), Alyssa Nichols (4x400m)
Men (11 competitors; 17 honors)
Everett Walker (60m; 200m), Woodrow Randall (60m), Drew Seale (600y; 4x400m), Joe Barb (600y), Justin Allen (400m; 4x400m), Dennis Scruggs (400m), Blake Heriot (200m; 400m; 4x400m), Patrick Schoenball (1,000m), Zwede Hewitt (200m; 4x400m), Eric Bostick (Heptathlon), Hunter Brook (Heptathlon)
Mile - Finals
3. Cate Westenhover (SR) - 4:45.65 (Career best; No. 4 individual all-time at BU)*
4x400-Meter Relay - Finals
5. Baylor (Rhone, Nichols, OgunMokun, Richardson) - 3:38.42 (Season best)*
2. Baylor (Hewitt, Allen, Seale, Heriot) - 3:07.27*
2. Jessica Ubanyionwu (SR) - 42-0.5 [12.81m] (Season best)*
2. Skylar White (JR) - 56-8.75 [17.29m]*