March 8, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Junior Tiffani McReynolds qualified for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles to lead the Baylor track and field team on the first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
"Tiffani looked awesome as always," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We are excited to see what she can do in the finals tomorrow."
For a third consecutive season, the Kansas City, Kan., product will earn indoor All-American honors and have an opportunity to win a NCAA crown. McReynolds won her heat, running out of lane two, in a time of 8.08. That mark is her second-fastest of the season and was the second-best in the preliminary rounds at the event. It was also the fourth fastest time of the junior's career.
The 60-hurdle finals will begin on Saturday at 6:20 p.m. McReynolds will have to get past Clemson's Brianna Rollins, who had the fastest preliminary time of 7.82 and owns the fastest time in the NCAA this year at 7.78.
Junior Blake Heriot turned in his third-fastest time of the season and personal-best on a banked track to finish third in his heat at 21.18 in the 200-meters. That mark left him in 12th-place overall and outside of the top eight competitors, who qualified for the finals.
Senior Everett Walker was also slated to compete in the 200-meters, but he injured himself in practice earlier this week and was held out of the competition.
In the weight throw, Erin Atkinson opened Baylor's day by placing 11th. The junior's first throw was her best as she uncorked a heave of 65-3.50 (19.90m). She fouled in her second attempt and her third throw did not better her first. The throw left Atkinson out of the finals as she was looking to earn All-American honors for a second-straight year.
"Both of our other competitors, Blake and Erin, were just a little bit off," Harbour said. "It would have been nice to get them into the finals, but tomorrow we have two more individuals and our 4x400-meter team, who are ready to go."
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Championships with field events beginning at 2 p.m. and running events starting at 6 p.m. Senior Skylar White will open the action for Baylor with the shot put competition at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, freshman Felix Obi will compete in the triple jump at 6 p.m. The 4x400-meter relay team will get its chance to compete at 8:25.
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Complete Baylor Results
Men's 200 Meters - Prelims
12. Blake Heriot (JR) - 21.18
Women's 60 Hurdles - Prelims
2. Tiffani McReynolds (JR) - 8.08 (Advances to Saturday's finals)
Women's Weight Throw
11. Erin Atkinson (JR) - 65-3.5 [19.90m]