COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Freshman Tiffani McReynolds finished off her breakout rookie season, and the men's 4x400-meter relay team also took silver to lead Baylor on Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.
"It was a great meet for both the men and women," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We are really happy with the way our athletes competed this weekend; they just did a super job. Tiffani (McReynolds) was amazing again in the hurdles, and we never like to lose a 4x4, but the guys competed extremely hard."
McReynolds' eight points in the hurdles helped the Baylor women score 20 points to finish 10th overall as a team, the second-best in women's program history. The 20 points tie for the second-most ever scored by the women at a national indoor meet. Oregon won the women's team title with 67 points.
On the men's side, Baylor's eight points in the 4x400-meter relay brought the team's total to 13 to finish in a tie for 16th, while Florida won the team title with 52 points. It marks the seventh time in the last eight seasons that the Baylor men have finished in the top 20.
In the men's relay, Baylor entered with the fifth-fastest time, leaving them in the second heat with the fifth-through-eighth ranked teams. Despite winning the heat with a season-best time of 3:05.42, Baylor finished second overall, as Texas A&M clocked a time of 3:04.24 in the third heat. Whitney Prevost ran the leadoff leg in 47.4 seconds, followed by a 45.8 carry from Zwede Hewitt. Drew Seale turned in a leg of 46.5 on the third exchange, handing to Marcus Boyd who ran a season-best 45.3 on the anchor.
McReynolds, the last qualifier in from Friday's prelims, made the most of it in the finals with a BU-record-shattering mark of 8.03 to place second. A native of Kansas City, Kan., McReynolds earned her first-career All-America honor while breaking her own school record for the sixth time this season.
Meanwhile, senior Tiffany Townsend added to her lengthy list of accomplishments with her 15th-career All-America honor, placing sixth in the 60 meters at 7.28. Already the Baylor women's all-time leader in All-America awards, Townsend tied former men's standout Tony Miller for the most ever at Baylor.
For the men, junior Woodrow Randall also collected some hardware, cruising to a fourth-place finish in the 60 meters with a time of 6.65. The last qualifier included in the NCAA field for the weekend, Randall raced his way into the final with a personal-best run in Friday's prelims.
In the field events, Jessica Ubanyionwu saved her best leap of the day for her last attempt in the women's triple jump. On her sixth and final mark of the event, the junior recorded a new personal best with a leap of 43 feet, 6.75 inches to place sixth overall.
Sophomore Skylar White's bid for a high finish in the shot put fell just a few inches short. Even with the third-best throw of her career, White finished 10th overall, missing the finals by three-quarters of an inch.
With the indoor season complete, the Baylor track and field team will be back on the track with the first meet of its outdoor season on March 18 at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.
COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
Women's 60 Meters - Finals
6. Tiffany Townsend (SR), 7.28 (15th-career All-America honor)
Men's 60 Meters - Finals
4. Woodrow Randall (JR), 6.65 (First-career All-America honor)
Women's 60-Meter Hurdles - Finals
2. Tiffani McReynolds (FR), 8.03 (New BU record; First-career All-America honor)
Women's Shot Put
10. Skylar White (SO), 54-8.5/16.67m
Women's Triple Jump
6. Jessica Ubanyionwu (JR), 43-5.75/13.25m (Second-best all-time at BU; Second-career All-America honor)