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Track and Field Claims Six All-America Honors at NCAA Championships

March 14, 2008

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Trey Harts and Tiffany Townsend earned All-America honors in the 200 meters and the women's distance medley relay earned All-America status for the third-straight year at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.


"Looking back at a track meet you always think that you could have done a little better in different areas, but you can't really complain when you have six runners that are All-Americans," said head coach Todd Harbour. "We thought we could have finished a little higher in the DMR, but we are happy to finish in the top eight."


Harts finished second in his heat and eighth overall in the men's 200 meter preliminaries, qualifying for Friday night's event finals. Harts clocked 20.89, a career-best time for a 200-meter banked track. Harts also recorded a time of 20.89 at the Big 12 Championships last season, but that time came at Iowa State on an oversized track.


Harts came back in the finals to set a new career-best mark, clocking 20.87 to place eighth overall and earn his second-straight indoor All-America honor, as he also finished eighth last season.


Courtney Thomas clocked 21.55 in the 200 meter preliminaries to finish 15th overall.


Townsend clocked a career-best time of 23.52 in the women's 200 meters to place 10th overall in the preliminaries. The time ranks as the second-fastest time ever in Baylor history. Townsend earns All-America honors as the sixth-fastest American runner.


"I thought that Tiffany and Trey both ran extremely well," said Harbour. "Both of them were able to set new PRs (personal records). I know that Tiffany probably wishes that she could make the finals, but she was still an All-American. The 200 meter races this weekend were about as fast as they have ever been."


The women's distance medley relay finished in eighth place with a time of 11:20.56 to earn All-America honors for the third-straight year. Baylor finished in fifth place in the distance medley in 2006 and 2007. Danielle Bradley led off on the 1,200-meter leg and passed to Carla Grace for 400 meters. Nichole Jones ran the 800-meter leg and Lauren Hagans ran the mile anchor leg. Bradley earns her first-career All-America honor, while Grace, Hagans and Jones each tallied their third All-America citations.


"We have two good seniors in Carla Grace and Lauren Hagans who have run a lot of good races in their careers," said Harbour. "It was good to help them end their careers with a third-straight All-American performance."


LeJerald Betters place fourth in his heat and 16th overall in the men's 400 meter preliminaries. Betters pulled up with a leg cramp 50 meters into the race, but was still able to complete his race. His status for the men's 4x400-meter relay finals on Saturday night is still in question.


The Bears return to action on Saturday afternoon as Baylor continues action at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.



Tiffany Townsend (200m)

Trey Harts (200m)

Danielle Bradley, Carla Grace, Nichole Jones, Lauren Hagans (DMR)


Friday Results


Men's 400 Meters -prelims.

1. Andretti Bain (Oral Roberts) - 46.02

16. LeJerald Betters (Baylor) - 49.37


Men's 200 Meters - prelims.

1. Rubin Williams (Tennessee) - 20.47

8. Trey Harts (Baylor) - 20.89

15. Courtney Thomas (Baylor) - 21.55


Men's 200 Meters - finals

1. Rubin Williams (Tennessee) - 20.36

8. Trey Harts (Baylor) - 20.87


Women's 200 Meters - prelims.

1. Bianca Knight (Texas) - 22.48

10. Tiffany Townsend (Baylor) - 23.52


Women's Distance Medley Relay

1. Tennessee - 11:01.97

8. Baylor - 11:20.56



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