March 9, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
The Baylor track and field team concluded its indoor season with six athletes earning All-American status on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Hurdler Tiffani McReynolds, triple jumper Felix Obi and the men's 4x400-meter relay team of Blake Heriot, Justin Allen, Drew Seale and Richard Gary all finished in the top eight in their respective events to secure All-American recognition.
"It was a great day for Tiffani, Felix and our men's relay team," head coach Todd Harbour said. "Tiffani did just a great job in her race to set a school record, while it is impressive for Felix as a freshman to come here and get All-American honors. Then our men's 4x400 team came in ranked 12th and it was great to see them have a great run."
McReynolds set a school record of 7.96 en route to claiming second-place in the 60-meter hurdles. The junior notched All-American honors for a third straight season, after taking second in 2010 and fourth in 2011.
The native of Kansas City, Kan. came into the meet with the second-best time in the country, but bettered her previous school-record of 8.02 by .06 for her first career time under eight seconds.
"I feel like I won, because I was able to hit the time that I had been working to hit all season," McReynolds said. "I wanted to be under eight seconds this year, so I will take 7.96. That is amazing. I feel marvelous."
Baylor's 4x400-meter relay team tallied All-American status for a seventh consecutive season and the 26th time in the last 28 years with a sixth-place showing in a season-best time of 3:07.59.
Running in the first of three sections, Baylor was in third after the first leg, but Allen was able to make a move into second place going into his final turn. Seale and Gary kept the Bears in second. Baylor then became scoreboard watchers as eight more teams got a chance to run.
BU's time stood up as no team in the second section passed the Bears, but in the final heat all four teams bettered the mark to push Baylor to sixth. It was the first time Baylor had used the quartet of Heriot, Allen, Seale and Gary in competition this season.
In his first NCAA Indoor Championships, Felix Obi finished sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 52-4.5 to take home his first All-American honor. The freshman saved his best for last; using his final attempt to record his best jump of the night.
"It was either go big or go home for me," Obi said. "I didn't want to finish near last place in the finals, so I gave it all I got."
Skylar White opened Baylor's second day of competition by taking part in her third straight NCAA Indoor shot put event. However, the senior was unable to secure All-American status for a third consecutive year.
In her final throw of the preliminary rounds, White recorded a heave of 54-7.5 to be fourth in the first flight. However, six throwers bettered White's mark in the second flight to knock her out of contention for the nine-person final. She finished in 10th-place, just seven centimeters outside of ninth.
As a team, Baylor tied for 25th on the women's side with eight points, while on the men's side BU was tied for 32nd with six points.
The Bears will now open their outdoor schedule at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, March 15.
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Complete Baylor Results
Men's Triple Jump
6. Felix Obi (FR) - 52-4.5 [15.96m] (First Indoor All-American honor)
Men's 4x400-Meter Relay
6. Baylor (Blake Heriot, Justin Allen, Drew Seale, Richard Gary) - 3:07.59 (Season-best & Indoor All-Americans)
Women's 60 Hurdles - Finals
2. Tiffani McReynolds (JR) - 7.96 (School record & Indoor All-American for third straight year)
Women's Shot Put
10. Skylar White (SR) - 54-7.5 [16.65m]