March 3, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind.- Baylor junior Brittany OgunMokun became the second track and field member on the weekend to significantly improve her NCAA event ranking, turning in a school-record 800-meter performance at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame.
In a weekend full of last-chance qualifying meets around the country before next weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships, Baylor had student-athletes competing at Notre Dame and Iowa State on Saturday.
OgunMokun led a group of middle-distance runners at Notre Dame, entering the weekend ranked 45th in the nation in the 800 meters with a best of 2:07.74. She battled a deep field to seventh-place, but most importantly, turned in a BU record-breaking time of 2:05.30 to move into 16th in the NCAA rankings and position herself for a possible berth into the national championships.
For the men, senior Zwede Hewitt moved himself into 18th in the nation in the 400 meters, placing second at the Iowa State Qualifier with a time of 46.40, more than a half-second ahead of his career indoor best.
Blake Heriot also turned in a career-best at Iowa State, running a meet-winning time of 21.09 in the 200 meters. His time moves him to No. 20 in the NCAA performance list.
Hewitt and Heriot also joined Justin Allen and Drew Seale on the men's 4x400-meter relay team, but the team was unable to improve their season best. The Bears placed second at the meet with a time of 3:08.13.
OgunMokun also ran on the women's 4x400-meter relay, joining Raena Rhone, Alyssa Nichols and Diamond Richardson for a fifth-place time of 3:39.24, slightly slower than their season best. Richardson ran a season-best in the 400 meters of 54.10 to place third at the meet, but only moved just inside the top 40 in the NCAA.
Baylor will await the release of the NCAA Indoor Championship field from the NCAA selection committee, which is scheduled to be announced Monday morning. The Bears' Skylar White is currently the only automatic qualifier for the team, meeting the standard in the shot put with her best throw of 56 feet, 10 inches. Baylor also has two currently ranked inside the nation's top 10, including Tiffani McReynolds' ninth-ranked hurdles time and Jessica Ubanyionwu's fifth-ranked triple jump mark.
Saturday's Complete Baylor Results (Location)
Men's 200 Meters (Iowa State)
1. Blake Heriot (SO) - 21.09 (Career best)
Women (Notre Dame)
3. Diamond Richardson (SR) - 54.10
Men (Iowa State)
2. Zwede Hewitt (SR) - 46.40 (Career best)
7. Justin Allen (JR) - 48.03
10. Drew Seale (JR) - 48.31
13. Dennis Scruggs (SR) - 49.14
Women (Notre Dame)
5. Baylor (Rhone, Nichols, OgunMokun, Richardson) - 3:39.24
2. Baylor (Hewitt, Allen, Seale, Heriot) - 3:08.13