Feb. 28, 2014
AMES, Iowa - Baylor's track and field team had 15 student-athletes earn 19 entries into the finals of the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Friday at the Lied Recreation Center.
Outside of qualifying, Baylor had a total of 14 athletes score All-Big 12 honors on the opening day of the championships.
With the finals of only four events on the men's side completed and just five events on the women's side concluded, Baylor's men are ninth (four points) and the women are fourth (27 points).
BU's top finisher on the day was its women's distance medley relay team of Mariah Kelly, Alyssa Nichols, Olicia Williams and Rachel Johnson. The quartet posted a season-best time of 11.12.99, but came up just short to Iowa State (11:12.31) to finish second.
Baylor`s women also racked up a considerable amount of points in the field events.
Freshman Annie Rhodes made her conference debut by taking third in the pole vault competition. She notched the fourth-best vault in school history, 12-11.5 [3.95m], to tally six team-points.
Senior Erin Atkinson was third as well in the weight throw. Despite posting her shortest mark of the season, 62-9.5 [19.14m], Atkinson still earned her third straight All-Big 12 honor.
To earn four team points, freshman Alex Davis improved on her season-best 5,000-meter time by over 30 seconds to place fifth in 16:35.52.
BU pentathletes, Jenna Pfeiffer and Jessica Shadley, both carded personal-best point totals to take seventh and eighth place, respectively in that multi-event competition. Pfeiffer scored 3,728 points, the fifth-most points scored in school history, by tallying personal-best marks in the 60 hurdles (9.27), high jump (5-7.25 [1.71m]), long jump (16-11.5 [5.17m]) and 800 meters (2:16.41). Shadley was only two points behind Pfeiffer, racking up 3,726 to earn the sixth-most points in school history. The senior had personal-best marks in the 60-hurdles (8.94), shot put (32-4.75 [9.87m]), long jump (17-8.25 [5.39m]) and 800 meters (2:17.64).
Points for the men on the first-day of action came from Felix Obi's sixth place in the triple jump (24-1 [7.34m]). The sophomore earned his third All-Big 12 Indoor honor and was only four inches outside of first place. He will have an opportunity to win a Big 12 crown in his signature event of triple jump on Saturday.
In qualifying, Tiffani McReynolds began her quest to become the first Baylor athlete to win a conference indoor title in fourth-straight seasons by taking second in the 60-hurdles in a time of 8.19. The senior also qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 7.45. The Lady Bears had two qualifiers in both of those events as Kehri Jones (5th, 7.50) is into the dash finals and Taije Jordan (5th, 8.53) will run in the hurdle finals, along with McReynolds.
In the middle distances, the BU women were dominant as Raena Rhone (3rd, 1:21.44) in the 600 yards, Olicia Williams (6th, 2:09.89) in the 800 meters, Kristina Brown (2nd, 2:51.82) and Maggie Montoya (4th, 2:53,73) in the 1,000 meters and Mariah Kelly (2nd, 4:47.75) and Montoya (4:49.40) in the mile all qualified for Saturday's finals.
Qualifying went well on the men's side too. In the 60, 200 and 400 meter distance, Baylor advanced two individuals in each event to the finals. Trayvon Bromell (1st, 6.67) and Alex Reece (7th, 6.81) in the 60 meters, Blake Heriot (1st, 21.09) and Bromell (3rd, 21.16) in the 200 and Heriot (3rd, 47.76) and George Caddick (8th, 47.83) in the 400. At the middle distances, freshman TJ Holmes qualified fifth in the 600 yards in a time of 1:10.99 and Jonathan Tijerina was eighth in the mile in a personal-best time of 4:13.67. Bryce Grace will represent BU in the 60 hurdles as he set a personal-best mark by qualifying third in 7.95.
Through four events of the heptathlon, senior Henry Vildosola sits in fourth place with 2,974 points, while senior Hunter Brook is sixth with 2,435 points. Vildosola notched PR marks in the 60 meters (7.18), shot put (43-10 [13.36m]) and high jump (6-3.25 [1.91m]). Brook suffered an injury in the long jump, but did post a PR in the 60-meter dash of 7.37.
- Baylor athletes set a total of 27 personal bests on the day.
- Blake Heriot (200 meters), Felix Obi (triple jump) and Tiffani McReynolds (60 hurdles) will all have chances to defend their Big 12 titles on Saturday.
STAT OF THE DAY
250 - the amount of points that Jenna Pfeiffer improved from her previous personal-best mark in pentathlon competition (3,728 from 3,478)
TOP QUOTE #1
"Overall, I thought we had a really solid day. We a lot of things that went like we thought they would and we had a few pleasant surprises. I thought our mutli group started it off great today. We got a lot of people qualified. Our ladies DMR ran their hearts out. They laid it out there and I was really proud of them." - head coach Todd Harbour
TWEET OF THE DAY
Baylor will be back in action at the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Saturday. The heptathlon competition starts up again at 11 a.m., while 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.
To stay current on all things Baylor Track, follow the team on Twitter: @BaylorTrack.
Total Qualifiers (15 individuals/19 entries)
Women (8, 10)
Kristina Brown (1000m), Kehri Jones (60m), Taije Jordan (60 Hurdles), Mariah Kelly (Mile), Tiffani McReynolds (60m & 60 hurdles), Maggie Montoya (1000m & mile), Raena Rhone (600y), Olicia Williams (800m)
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.
4. Tiffani McReynolds (SR), 7.45Q (season best)
5. Kehri Jones (SO), 7.50Q
16. Justise Dayries (SO), 7.68 (tied personal best)
1. Trayvon Bromell (FR), 6.67Q
7. Alex Reece (SO), 6.81q (season best)
14. Alyssa Nichols (SR), 56.35
3. Blake Heriot (SR), 47.76Q
8. George Caddick (FR), 47.83q
9. Richard Gary (SO), 48.09
12. Isaiah Duke (SO), 48.62
3. Raena Rhone (JR), 1:21.44q (personal best)
10. Michelle Nwachukwu (JR) - 1:23.80
5. TJ Holmes (FR), 1:10.99q (personal best)
11. Brandon Moore (FR), 1:12.02 (personal best)
-- Karrie Butler (JR), DNS
6. Olicia Williams (SO), 2:09.89Q
9. Jessica Purtell (FR), 2:12.40 (personal best)
2. Kristina Brown (SR), 2:51.82Q (personal best)
4. Maggie Montoya (FR), 2:53.73Q (personal best)
10. Greg Bostick (JR), 2:28.74 (personal best)
2. Mariah Kelly (SR), 4:47.75Q
7. Maggie Montoya (FR), 4:49.40q
8. Jonathan Tijerina (JR), 4:13.67q (personal best)
9. Brad Miles (SR), 4:16.32 (personal best)
10. Derwin Graham (JR), 4:17.74 (personal best)
5. Alex Davis (FR), 16:35.52 (All-Big 12 and personal best)
-- Peyton Thomas (FR), DNF
2. Tiffani McReynolds (SR), 8.19Q
5. Taije Jordan (SO), 8.53q
Distance Medley Relay
2. Baylor (Kelly, Nichols, Williams, Johnson) - 11:12.99 (season best)
8. Baylor (Graham, Moore, Bostick, Miles) - 10:12.40
10. Justine Charbonnet (SR), 18-9 [5.71m] (season best)
6. Felix Obi (SO) - 24-1 [7.34m] (3rd All-Big 12 Indoor honor)
3. Annie Rhodes (FR), 12-11.5 [3.95m] (All-Big 12 and fourth best in school history)
-- Chase Hood (FR), NH
3. Erin Atkinson (SR), 62-9.5 [19.14m] (third All-Big 12 Indoor honor)
Pentathlon - Overall
7. Jenna Pfeiffer (SO) - 3,728 pts. (All-Big 12, personal best and fifth best in school history)
8. Jessica Shadley (SR) - 3,726 (All-Big 12, personal best and sixth best in school history)
Pentathlon - Long Jump
7. Jessica Shadley (SR) - 17-8.25 [5.39m] (personal best)
t8. Jenna Pfeiffer (SO) - 16-11.5 [5.17m] (personal best)
Pentathlon - 800 Meters
2. Jenna Pfeiffer (SO) - 2:16.41 (personal best)
7. Jessica Shadley (SR) - 2:17.64 (personal best)