Feb. 25, 2017
AMES, Iowa - For the first time in program history, the Baylor women are in first place after the first day of action at the Big 12 Indoor Championship Friday at the Lied Recreation Center.
The women's squad racked up 38 points, including one Big 12 title and 10 All-Big 12 honors on the way to leading the meet by two points over Kansas State and six points over third-place Oklahoma. The point tally is four more than the Lady Bears had going into 2015's final day when they finished with a program record 105 points. BU's highest-ever team placing was second in 2014 (102 points).
The bulk of Baylor's points on the opening day came from three events - pole vault, pentathlon and the 5,000 meters.
Senior pole vaulter Annie Rhodes closed out her indoor conference career on top of the podium. The Waco, Texas, product was the lone competitor to clear 14-0.5 [4.28m], and went on to vault 14-4.5 [4.38m] for the third-best clearance in school history. However, Rhodes' second Big 12 pole vault crown (won 2016 outdoor title) did not come without some drama. The senior Bear required three attempts to clear her opening bar of 13-8.5 [4.18m]. Rhodes captured All-Big 12 honors in the event for the fourth consecutive year as she was third in the event in 2014 and second in 2015 and 2016.
Senior pentathlete Jenna Pfeiffer got Baylor's scoring started on the day by finishing second. She produced a personal-best point total of 3,958, which was also the second-highest tally in school history. It is the fourth-straight year Pfeiffer has earned All-Big 12 honors in the event. Through three of five events, Pfeiffer held the overall lead, but the top long jump on the day from her nearest competitor, Texas Tech's Kaylee Hinton, put the BU senior 62 points behind heading into the final event - the 800 meters. Pfeiffer had the fastest time in the meet at 2:18.75, but it wasn't enough to overcome Hinton's lead. The Bremen, Ind., native, used personal-best marks in the 60-meter hurdles (8.85) and long jump (18-1 [5.51m]) to card the PR point total. Pfeiffer was seventh in the event in 2014, fourth in 2015 and fifth in 2016.
In the women's 5,000 meters, the Bears used four runners to secure 17 points. Lindsey Bradley raced in third for most of the first 2,000 meters, but then passed teammate Maggie Montoya to move to second. The pair of Bears would stay in second and third for the remainder of the race, finishing in 16:15.32 and 16:16.83, respectively. Anna West (16:23.08) and Peyton Thomas (16:23.48) finished in seventh and eighth to give BU half of the scoring field in the event.
To close out the night, Baylor's women's distance medley relay team placed six to notch the final three points on the day. The squad of Alison Andrews-Paul, Victoria Powell, Jessica Purtell and Gabby Satterlee ran a time of 11:44.3. Purtell and Satterlee took the Bears from the near the back of the pack to up to sixth.
Meanwhile, the men's distance medley relay team scored the BU men's only points on the opening day by placing seventh with the crew of Matthew Parham, Brandon Moore, Danny Leland and Eric Anderson running a season-best time of 10:05.62.
Outside of the finals that were contested, the Bears had 13 student-athletes earn 15 entries into the running finals of the Big 12 Indoor Championship that will be held Saturday.
Qualifying was highlighted by three Bears that produced the top time for their event, including Taylor Bennett (23.31) in the 200 meters, George Caddick (46.62) in the 400 meters and Zak Curran (1:49.36) in the 800 meters. Bennett cruised to her time, winning her heat by over a second as she made things look easy down the final 100 meters. Caddick closed really strong to secure his heat win, while Curran took control of his race with 300 meters to go and then held on at the end to nab the top time by just .08 seconds.
Bennett was also one of two Bears to qualify in two events, pairing her top 200-meter mark with the third-best 60-meter qualifying time on the day at 7.40. Freshman Max Willis will represent the men's side in two events as he had a runner-up qualifying time (6.73) in the 60 meters and then used a personal-best mark of 20.93 to have the third-fastest 200-meter mark.
Malik Wilson will join Willis in the 60-meter dash final thanks to the luck of a coin flip. The sophomore Bear was tied with Texas' Charles Anumnu at 6.809 for the final qualifying spot, but when the coin landed on tails after Texas' called pick of heads Wilson moved on to the final.
That event is just one of two in which the Bears placed multiple people in the final. Sophomore Wil London will join Caddick in the 400-meter final, after running a 47.08. Meanwhile, the women's squad has a pair of runners in the 200 meters as Kiana Horton (23.86) will join Bennett in that race.
The men and the women each had one more runner-up qualifying time with Leticia De Souza placing second in the 400 meters in 53.26, while Rhys Phillips was the runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles in 7.95.
A pair of freshmen, Alison Andrews-Paul and Aaliyah Miller will represent the women in the finals of the middle distances, after performances of 2:09.01 in the 800 meters and 2:49.11 in the 1,000 meters, respectively. On the men's side in the distance events, TJ Sugg slipped into the mile final with the last entry on time in 4:11.74.
TOP QUOTE #1
"It was a really good day. We did what we needed to do to be in contention tomorrow. We had a lot of great performances, starting with Annie (Rhodes) in the pole vault and Jenna (Pfeiffer) in the pentathlon. Then we had a few things not go our way, but the 5K girls really picked us up with 17 points. I was really proud of them. We still have a lot of work to do tomorrow, so we are excited by the challenge." - head coach Todd Harbour on the women's team
TOP QUOTE #2
"I thought our guys competed hard in the heptathlon and they are in position to do some more damage tomorrow. We have a chance to score some points tomorrow with nine entries in the finals and hopefully we will end it on a good note with our 4x4 relay. Our DMR guys did a great job coming out and fighting for some points. This is a tough conference, so it is all about getting what you can." - Harbour on the men's team
Baylor will be back in action at the Big 12 Indoor Championship on Saturday. The completion of the heptathlon will start at 11 a.m., field events start at noon and running finals begin at 1:30 p.m. Along with those athletes who qualified for finals on Friday, the high jump, triple jump and shot put will all be contested.
Live results and live video for the event are available through links on BaylorBears.com.
Total Qualifiers (13 individuals/15 entries)
Women (5, 6)
Alison Andrews-Paul (800m), Taylor Bennett (60m, 200m), Leticia De Souza (400m), Kiana Hawn (600y), Aaliyah Miller (1,000m)
Men (8, 9)
George Caddick (400m), Zak Curran (800m), Caleb Dickson (600y), Wil London (400m), Rhys Phillips (60h), TJ Sugg (mile), Max Willis (60m, 200m), Malik Wilson (60m)
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.
3. Taylor Bennett (SO) - 7.40Q
10. Kiana Horton (SO) - 7.56
19. Juanita Mainoo (JR) - 7.68 (ties personal best)
2. Max Willis (FR) - 6.73Q
8. Malik Wilson (JR) - 6.81q
20. Ian Braxton (FR) - 7.00
23. Cody Cunningham (SO) - 7.15
1. Taylor Bennett (SO) - 23.31Q
6. Kiana Horton (SO) - 23.86q
13. Juanita Mainoo (JR) - 24.53
3. Max Willis (FR) - 20.93Q (personal best)
9. Malik Wilson (JR) - 21.66
11. Ian Braxton (FR) - 21.67 (personal best)
14. Antwuan Musgrove (SO) - 21.82
22. Cody Cunningham (SO) - 22.28
2. Leticia De Souza (JR) - 53.26Q
13. Victoria Powell (FR) - 55.69
15. Jhane' King (FR) - 55.79 (personal best)
1. George Caddick (SR) - 46.62Q
5. Wil London (SO) - 47.08q
15. Niko Harrell (FR) - 49.35
4. Kiana Hawn (JR) - 1:20.33q (personal best)
5. Caleb Dickson (SO) - 1:10.30q (personal best)
9. Brandon Moore (SR) - 1:11.05 (personal best)
16. Robert Dutton (JR) - 1:13.11
6. Alison Andrews-Paul (FR) - 2:09.01Q
1. Zak Curran (SR) - 1:49.36Q
10. Danny Leland (SO) - 1:52.17 (personal best)
8. TJ Sugg (FR) - 4:11.74q
7. Aaliyah Miller (FR) - 2:49.11q
9. Gabby Satterlee (FR) - 2:49.91
2. Lindsey Bradley (FR) - 16:15.32
3. Maggie Montoya (SR) - 16:16.83 (personal best)
7. Anna West (FR) - 16:23.08
8. Peyton Thomas (SR) - 16:23.48
14. Jordan West (JR) - 14:53.56 (personal best)
16. Sam Sahli (JR) - 14:56.46 (personal best)
2. Rhys Phillips (SR) - 7.95Q
1. Annie Rhodes (SR) - 14-4.5 [4.38m] (fourth-straight All-Big 12 honor, first indoor pole vault title in BU history, 3rd-best in BU history)
Pentathlon - Overall
2. Jenna Pfeiffer (SR) - 3,958 pts. (personal best, 2nd-best in BU history, currently 15th in NCAA)
12. Carly Grandcolas (SR) - 3,529 pts. (personal best)
Pentathlon - 60 Hurdles
7. Jenna Pfeiffer (SR) - 8.85 (personal best)
13. Carly Grandcolas (SR) - 9.16 (personal best)
Pentathlon - High Jump
t2nd. Jenna Pfeiffer (SR) - 5-7 [1.70m]
t7th. Carly Grandcolas (SR) - 5-3.25 [1.61m]
Pentathlon - Shot Put
2. Jenna Pfeiffer (SR) - 37-3 [11.35m]
11. Carly Grandcolas (SR) - 32-2.25 [9.81m]
Pentathlon - Long Jump
8. Jenna Pfeiffer (SR) - 18-1 [5.51m] (personal best)
11. Carly Grandcolas (SR) - 17-6 [5.33m] (personal best)
Pentathlon - 800 Meters
1. Jenna Pfeiffer (SR) - 2:18.75
8. Carly Grandcolas (SR) - 2:26.55
Heptathlon - Overall (through 4 of 7 events)
8. Chase Hood (SR) - 2,842
10. Luke Littlefield (FR) - 2,774
13. Hunter Powell (JR) - 2,513
Heptathlon - 60 Meters
7. Chase Hood (SR) - 7.18 (personal best)
8. Luke Littlefield (FR) - 7.19
9. Hunter Powell (JR) - 7.21
Heptathlon - Long Jump
9. Chase Hood (SR) - 21-4.25 [6.51m]
10. Luke Littlefield (FR) - 21-3.5 [6.49m]
16. Hunter Powell (JR) - 18-5 [5.61m]
Heptathlon - Shot Put
5. Hunter Powell (JR) - 48-8.25 [12.40m] (personal best)
10. Chase Hood (SR) - 39-0.5 [11.90m]
12. Luke Littlefield (FR) - 35-9.25 [10.90m]
Heptathlon - High Jump
t4. Luke Littlefield (FR) - 6-3.25 [1.91m]
t4. Chase Hood (SR) - 6-3.25 [1.91m] (personal best)
16. Hunter Powell (JR) - 5-8 [1.73m] (personal best)