Sophomore Gavyn Nero competes in the 1,000 meters (Photo Courtesy of John Peterson Photography)
Feb. 26, 2011
LINCOLN, Neb. - Freshman Tiffani McReynolds stole the show for Baylor, winning the 60-meter hurdles on the final day of action at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb.
In the team races for the weekend, Baylor's men finished sixth with 53 points, while the women were seventh with 42 points. Texas A&M won the men's team title with 134 points, while the Nebraska women were crowned Big 12 champions with 115.5 points.
"We had a lot of positives that we can take out of this meet as we go into nationals and the outdoor season," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We definitely had some great performances with Tiffani (McReynolds) in the hurdles and the men's DMR last night. It's always a rollercoaster at the conference meets, but overall I think we did an excellent job of competing hard and representing Baylor University in a great way."
The freshman sensation McReynolds added to her growing list of accomplishments, becoming the first Baylor woman to win the conference hurdle title. In the process, McReynolds broke the school record in the event for the sixth time this season and now ranks third in the NCAA at 8.11 seconds, shattering her previous best of 8.23.
"I'm really excited because I've been practicing on leaning with my knee, and today it all just came together," McReynolds said. "I was trying not to think about it (the race), because I run my best when I don't think about it."
Along with the win in the hurdles, McReynolds also earned all-Big 12 honors, along with Tiffany Townsend in the 60 meters. Townsend turned in a time of 7.30 to place third overall, while McReynolds ran a personal-best 7.36 to place fifth. Townsend also added a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 23.35.
With her two top finishes, McReynolds score 14 total points, the fifth most by any female competitor at the meet.
For the men, the 4x400-meter relay nearly closed out the weekend with a title, but finished second in the race. The team of Whitney Prevost, Zwede Hewitt, Drew Seale and Marcus Boyd combined for a time of 3:07.55.
After closing the title-winning distance medley relay with a fascinating mile yesterday, sophomore Gavyn Nero nearly pulled off the win in the men's 1,000 meters, finishing second, just .02 second behind UT's Patrick MacGregor. Nero battled near the front for the entire race and almost ran down MacGregor to finish with a time of 2:24.69.
Another Baylor duo, men's sprinters Whitney Prevost and Woodrow Randall each earned all-conference honors in the sprints. Randall placed in both the 60 and 200 meters, finishing third in the 60 at 6.67 and fifth in the 200 at 21.47. Prevost placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 21.20.
In the field events, jumper Jessica Ubanyionwu and thrower Skylar White paced the Bears. Ubanyionwu tied her best triple jump mark of the season to place second overall at 43-2.25. Her mark was just four centimeters from the winning jump. White, on the other hand, had the second best throw of her career at 54-9.25 to place fourth overall.
Baylor earned solid points in the long sprints and middle distance races on both side as well. Senior quartermiler Marcus Boyd ran his best time of the season to place third in the men's 400 meters at 46.65. Also for the men, Drew Seale and James Gilreath each placed sixth to earn all-Big 12 honors in their respective events. Seale turned in a 1:11.16 in the 600 yards, while Gilreath recorded a time of 1:50.85 in the 800 meters.
Sophomore Brittney OgunMokun and senior Diamond Richardson also earned points for Baylor. OgunMokun was sixth in the 600 yards with a time of 1:21.32, while Richardson was eighth in the 400 meters at 54.56.
With the conference championships complete, a select few Baylor student-athletes will travel to the last chance qualifying meet at Notre Dame on March 4-5.
Men's 60 Meters - Finals
3. Woodrow Randall (JR), 6.67
Women's 200 Meters - Finals
4. Tiffany Townsend (SR), 23.35
Women's 400 Meters - Finals
8. Diamond Richardson (JR), 54.56
Men's 400 Meters - Finals
3. Marcus Boyd (SR), 46.65
Women's 600 Yards - Finals
5. Brittney OgunMokun (SO), 1:21.32
Men's 600 Yards - Finals
6. Drew Seale (SO), 1:11.16
Men's 800 Meters - Finals
6. James Gilreath (JR), 1:50.85
Men's 1,000 Meters - Finals
2. Gavyn Nero (SO), 2:24.69
Women's 3,000 Meters
9. Robyn Bennett (FR), 9:29.61
Women's 60-Meter Hurdles - Finals
1. Tiffani McReynolds (FR), 8.11 (New BU record, 3rd best in NCAA this season)
Women's High Jump
12. Dess Meek (SR), 5-4.5
Women's Triple Jump
2. Jessica Ubanyionwu (JR), 13.16m - 43-2.25
Women's Shot Put
4. Skylar White (SO), 54-9.25