Feb. 28, 2004
LINCOLN, Neb. -
Baylor's top-ranked men's 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Jamen Saziru, freshman Mark Teter, sophomore Jeremy Wariner and junior Darold Williamson blew away the field with a meet and stadium record time of 3:05.98 to claim the Bears' seventh straight conference title in the event Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Track.
Wariner also won the showdown with Williamson in the open 400 to claim his first individual Big 12 title. Wariner's time of 45.78 in the 400 meters is the second fastest time in the country this season. He also broke the meet record and recorded the fourth-fastest time in Baylor history - the fastest by someone other than Brandon Couts. Williamson ran a 45.66, while Teter was disqualified.
Saziru ran a season-best and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 21.12 to finish third in the 200 meters. Freshman Kevin Mutai clocked a 1:10.77 to finish fifth in the 600 yards, while sophomore Will Fitts finished third in the 800 meters with a season-best time of 1:49.66, the second-fastest time in school history. Fitts and the top two finishers each eclipsed the previous meet record.
Senior Kyle King finished second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:12.36, a personal best and the third-fastest time in school history.
On the women's side, Junior Lakadron Ivery finished third in the 200 meters and broke her own school record with a time of 23.59, and doubled up on All-Big 12 honors by clocking a 7.33 in the 60 meters to finish fifth. Sophomores Jasmine Opusunju (1:24.99) and Mary Pearce (1:27.98) finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 600 yards. In the 400 meters, freshman Rena Napolean (54.92) finished sixth, while junior Danielle Myricks (55.61) placed eighth.
The 4x400 relay squad of Napolean, Myricks, freshman Lauren Tillman
and Ivery finished second with a time of 3:39.26. All athletes who made the finals or finished in the top eight earned All-Big 12 honors, while the top four relays received All-Big 12 accolades.
The men's team equaled its highest finish in a Big 12 Indoor Championship by placing third overall, while the women took sixth. The men, who finished ahead of all of the other Texas schools, also finished third in 1999.
The Bears return to action at the NCAA Indoor Championships March 12-13 at Randall Tyson Track Complex in Fayetteville, Ark.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONS
Distance Medley Relay - Bo Price, Robert Quiroga, Korey Wright, Kyle King
400 Meters - Jeremy Wariner (meet/stadium record)
4x400-Meter Relay - Jamen Saziru, Mark Teter, Jeremy Wariner, Darold Williamson (meet/stadium record)
Pentathlon - Jordan Willmann
Long Jump - April Holliness
60 Meters - Lakadron Ivery
200 Meters - Lakadron Ivery
600 Yards - Jasmine Opusunju
600 Yards - Mary Pearce
400 Meters - Rena Napolean
400 Meters - Danielle Myricks
4x400-Meter Relay - Rena Napolean, Danielle Myricks, Lauren Tillman, Lakadron Ivery
Long Jump - Dominique Zeigler
Long Jump - Chris Gillis
600 Yards - Kevin Mutai
400 Meters - Darold Williamson
400 Meters - Mark Teter
800 Meters - Will Fitts
200 Meters - Jamen Saziru
3,000 Meters - Kyle King
Final Team Standings: MEN - 1. Nebraska 141.666, 2. Kansas State 77, 3. Baylor 72, 4. Texas 67, 5. Texas Tech 60.333, 6. Oklahoma 58.5, 7. Texas A&M 56, 8. Colorado 50, 9. Kansas 45, 10. Iowa State 44, 11. Oklahoma State 37, 12. Missouri 31.5. WOMEN - 1. Nebraska 171.5, 2. Texas 158, 3. Kansas State 69, 4. Missouri 56.5, 5. Colorado 45.5, 6. Baylor 42, 7. Kansas 38, 8. Oklahoma 37.5, 9. Texas A&M 32, 10. Iowa State 31, 11. Oklahoma State 28, 11. Texas Tech 28.