Junior Marcus Boyd
March 13, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Baylor's 4x400-meter relay earned All-America honors, finishing in second-place in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
"I am just really proud of the way our guys came out and competed today," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We have to take our hats off to Texas A&M, they just have a really good team."
The runner-up finish broke a string of three consecutive NCAA titles, even though the Bears posted a season-best time and the eighth fastest time in school history. Along with a season-best, Baylor's time of 3:05.01 was the fastest for a BU squad since 2007.
Michael Liggins led off the race, handing off to Trey Harts in third place. Harts quickly moved into second and held his spot, handing off to Zwede Hewitt. Hewitt held the second-place spot as Texas A&M and Baylor started to put distance on the field. Hewitt handed to Marcus Boyd, who made a charge with the anchor, pulling even with A&M on the backstretch. With outside position around the final turn, Boyd anchored the Bears to a second-place finish.
The second-place finish earns each of the Bears All-America status, marking the ninth time in Harts career. Boyd earned his sixth career All-America honor, Hewitt earned his second honor, and Liggins earned his first career honor. Harts and Boyd each earned their third in a row in the indoor 4x400-meter relay.
In the only other event of the day for Baylor, triple jumper Jessica Ubanyionwu finished 8th in her flight and 16th overall. The sophomore from El Paso, Texas best leap of the day was 41 feet, 0.25 inches.
With indoor season now at a close, Baylor will kick off the outdoor season at home with the Baylor/Dr Pepper Invitational at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex next Saturday, March 20, 2010.