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Distance Medley Relay Races to Big 12 Title

Feb. 29, 2008

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The Baylor track and field team raced to a time of 11:19.06 in the women's distance medley relay to claim its second conference title in the event in school history on the first day of competition at the 2008 Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb.


The Lady Bears' other DMR title came in 1994 at the Southwest Conference Championships in a then-meet record time of 11:47.65.


Nichole Jones led off for Baylor, opening a commanding lead during the 1,200-meter leg. Brittany Bruce ran the 400-meter leg and Leigh Ann Ganzar raced the 800-meter leg. Ganzar passed the baton to Lauren Hagans for the 1,600-meter leg in a virtual tie with Texas and Oklahoma State. Hagans ran a 4:42 mile to secure the win by one-half second.


"It feels great to win a Big 12 Championship," said Hagans.. I've been hurt and haven't really done any workouts for about a week and a half. I just honestly had to trust that my fitness level and God would carry me through. I had been doing cross training for about 30 minutes a day, so it was just a big faith issue with me this week. It feels great knowing the history of our school."


The Big 12 title is the third overall for Jones, while Bruce, Ganzar and Hagans each earned their first conference championship.


Lyndsy Bedell earned her sixth overall All-Big 12 honor with a seventh-place finish in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:01.10. It marks the third-straight year that Bedell earned all-conference honors in the 5,000 meters.


Kaleigh Teel earned her first-career All-Big 12 honor, tying for eighth place overall in the women's pole vault. The school record holder in the indoor and outdoor pole vault cleared a height of 3.68m (12-00 ¾).


The Colorado men lead the team competition with 34 points, while Nebraska leads the women's competition with 49.5 points. The women's team qualified 10 athletes to the event finals on Saturday, while the men's team had five qualifiers for tomorrow's event finals.


"Just like our previous meets this season, we had some really good performances and then some not-so-good performances," said head coach Todd Harbour. "We had a few tough near misses. Some people finished ninth, which is just one spot out of the finals. For the DMR to win, and three of the girls getting their first Big 12 title, was exciting. Nichole Jones was pretty impressive both on the relay and during the 1,000 meters."


Trey Harts and Courtney Thomas each won their 200 meter heats, and recorded the top two times of the preliminaries. Harts clocked 20.98, his first sub-21 race of the season. The time ties as Harts' second-fastest time of his career, and ranks as the fifth-fastest time in the nation this season. Thomas clocked a personal-best time of 21.08, his first provisional time of the season. His time ties as the eighth-fastest time in the nation.


"Trey and Courtney did great in the 200 meters," said Harbour. "We have had a lot of injuries on the men's team and to have those two guys run well was a bright spot today."


Harts also qualified for the 60 meters finals on Saturday with a time of 6.79 in the preliminaries. Thomas finished ninth with a time of 6.81 to just miss the event finals.


Baylor qualified two runners in the women's mile and the women's 1,000 meters. Danielle Bradley qualified for the event finals in both, clocking 4:50.54 in the mile to finish with the fourth-best qualifying time. She then recorded a time of 2:55.70 in the 1,000 meters to claim the sixth-fastest qualifying spot.


Hagans placed second in her heat and recorded a time of 4:50.58 to qualify for the event finals with the fifth-fastest time in the prelims. Jones, the reigning 1,000 meter champion and Big 12 meet record holder clocked 2:50.23 in the preliminaries to qualify for Saturday's event finals with the top overall time.


The Lady Bears had three runners qualify for the 800 meters finals on Saturday. Loren Hodges had the fourth-fastest time at 2:13.22, while Leigh Ann Ganzar clocked 2:13.33 to record the fifth-best time. Kathryn Benvegnu, who earned All-Big 12 honors last year in the 800 meters, had the eighth-best time of the preliminaries at 2:14.84.


Tiffany Townsend recorded a time of 23.73 in the women's 200 meters to qualify for the event finals with the sixth-fastest time of the preliminaries. Carla Grace had the sixth-best 400 meter time in the preliminaries at 55.68. Katrina Taylor clocked 1:24.58 in the women's 600 yards to qualify with the seventh-fastest time of the preliminaries.


"We had 10 women advance to the event finals on Saturday," said Harbour. "We wanted to score some more points tonight, but we will have a pretty good chance to score some big points tomorrow. I was really proud of Brittany Carr. She had a PR (personal record) in the 60 meters (7.47) and the 200 meters (24.02) and finished ninth and tenth in those events. She just missed the finals in those events, but she will be a great runner for us in the future."


LeJerald Betters won his heat of the men's 400 meters with a time of 47.63, and qualified for the event finals with the second-best overall time. Justin Boyd won his 600 yards heat in a time of 1:10.29 to qualify with the second-fastest time of the preliminaries.


Baylor returns to action on Saturday for the second day of competition at the 2008 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships.


Big 12 Champions

Nichole Jones, Brittany Bruce, Leigh Ann Ganzar, Lauren Hagans (DMR)


All-Big 12 Performers

Nichole Jones, Brittany Bruce, Leigh Ann Ganzar, Lauren Hagans (DMR)

Lyndsy Bedell (5,000 Meters)

Kaleigh Teel (Pole Vault)


Big 12 Results (day one)

Women's 60 Meters - Prelims.

1. Alexandria Anderson (Texas) - 7.22

9. Brittany Carr (Baylor) - 7.47

11. Tiffany Townsend (Baylor) - 7.50

13. Jessica Gregory (Baylor) - 7.55


Women's 200 Meters - Prelims.

1. Porscha Lucas (Texas A&M) - 23.21

6. Tiffany Townsend (Baylor) - 23.73

9. Carla Grace (Baylor) - 24.01

10. Brittany Carr (Baylor) - 24.02


Women's 400 Meters - Prelims.

1. Leslie Cole (Oklahoma) - 53.53

6. Carla Grace (Baylor) - 55.68

12. Brittany Bruce (Baylor) - 56.69


Women's 600 Yards - Prelims.

1. Morgan Bonds (Kansas State) - 1:21.49

7. Katrina Taylor (Baylor) - 1:24.58

14. Brittany Harlan (Baylor) - 1:25.84


Women's 800 Meters - Prelims.

1. Temeka Kincy (Texas) - 2:10.89

4. Loren Hodges (Baylor) - 2:13.22

5. Leigh Ann Ganzar (Baylor) - 2:13.33

8. Kathryn Benvegnu (Baylor) - 2:14.84


Women's 1,000 Meters - Prelims.

1. Nichole Jones (Baylor) - 2:50.23

6. Danielle Bradley (Baylor) - 2:55.70


Women's Mile - Prelims.

1. Sally Kiyego (Texas Tech) - 4:47.31

4. Danielle Bradley (Baylor) - 4:50.54

5. Lauren Hagans (Baylor) - 4:50.58


Women's 5,000 Meters

1. Lisa Koll (Iowa State) - 16:18.87

7. Lyndsy Bedell (Baylor) - 17:01.10

11. Jessi Barnes (Baylor) - 17:23.25

12. Renae Van Wyhe (Baylor) - 17:24.27


Women's 60-Meter Hurdles - Prelims.

1. Jennifer Williams (Texas A&M) - 8.25

14. DeAna Carson (Baylor) - 8.75


Women's Distance Medley Relay

1. Baylor - 11:19.06


Women's Long Jump

1. Crystal Manning (Kansas) - 6.05m (19-10 ¼)

11. DeAna Carson (Baylor) - 5.64m (18-06)


Women's Weight Throw

1. Loren Groves (Kansas State) - 21.32m (70-03)

11. Brittany Devereaux (Baylor) - 16.87m (55-04 ¼)


Women's Pole Vault

1. Kate Sultanova (Kansas) - 4.30m (13-06 ½)

8. Kaleigh Teel (Baylor) - 3.81m (12-00 ¾)

12. Ashley Korol (Baylor) - 3.51m (11-07)


Men's 60 Meters - Prelims.

1. Julius Walker (Texas Tech) - 6.67

8. Trey Harts (Baylor) - 6.79

9. Courtney Thomas (Baylor) - 6.81

15. Jeremy Jackson (Baylor) - 7.11


Men's 200 Meters - Prelims.

1. Trey Harts (Baylor) - 20.98

2. Courtney Thomas (Baylor) - 21.08


Men's 400 Meters - Prelims.

1. Lukas Hulett (Nebraska) - 47.55

2. LeJerald Betters (Baylor) - 47.63

16. Marcus Boyd (Baylor) - 49.36


Men's 600 Yards - Prelims.

1. Tevan Everett (Texas) - 1:10.11

2. Justin Boyd (Baylor) - 1:10.29

18. James Gilreath (Baylor) - 1:18.25


Men's 1,000 Meters - Prelims.

1. Kyle Miller (Texas) - 2:24.16

21. Logan Roberts (Baylor) - 2:37.82


Men's Mile - Prelims.

1. Leonel Manzano (Texas) - 4:08.72

15. Ben Haby (Baylor) - 4:17.62

22. Michael Williams (Baylor) - 4:34.15


Men's 60-Meter Hurdles - Prelims.

1. Sheldon Leith (Oklahoma) - 7.82

11. Jeremy Jackson (Baylor) - 8.08

15. Laszlo Vandracsek (Baylor) - 8.39





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