March 15, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Baylor track and field sophomore Felix Obi took home the triple jump title on Saturday in the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The El Paso, Texas, product set a new school record of 54-5.25 [16.59m] on his third attempt of the meet to clinch BU's first NCAA indoor title since 2009.
Despite entering the competition as the favorite, Obi fouled on his first attempt and then moved into fourth place after jumping 52-0 [15.85m] on his second attempt.
Battling a knee issue, he carded the biggest jump of his career on his third leap to shoot to the top of the leaderboard. From that point, Obi passed on his final three attempts, because of the ailing knee, but nobody was able to better his mark.
For the third time in four years, senior Tiffani McReynolds finished as the NCAA runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles. The Kansas City, Kan., native posted a school-record time of 7.93, but came up just .007 short of tying for the title. When times were initially posted McReynolds tied winner Sharika Nelvis of Arkansas State with a time of 7.93, but when expanded to thousandths of a second McReynolds ran a 7.930 to Nelvis' 7.923.
Rachel Johnson nabbed Baylor's third All-America accolade of the day with an eighth-place showing in the 3,000-meters. The Plano, Texas, product closed strong to snag the final spot on the podium with a time of 9:20.23. The junior also represented BU at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Coming off of a hamstring injury, Brianna Richardson posted a mark of 40-11 [12.47m] in the triple jump to take 15th.
- Baylor finished tied for 22nd on the men's side with 10 points and tied for 27th on the women's side with 9 points.
- Baylor's men have now scored in every NCAA indoor meet since 1979, 35 straight years.
- Baylor's women have scored in four straight NCAA indoor meets and in 10 of the last 11.
- Obi improved upon his previous school record of 53-11.25 [16.44m], which he set earlier this year.
- Obi won the Baylor men's 19th NCAA indoor national title (10 individual and nine relay)
- Obi's title was BU's first at the indoor national meet since 2009 when Trey Harts won the 200-meters and the 4x400-meter relay took top honors.
- McReynolds bettered her previous school record of 7.96, which she set at last season's NCAA Championships.
- McReynolds became the first BU athlete, male or female, to earn All-America honors in the same individual event at the indoor national meet for four straight years.
- McReynolds time of 7.93 was the eighth-fastest ever in collegiate history.
STAT OF THE DAY
.007 - the time senior Tiffani McReynolds finished off the lead in the 60-hurdles
TOP QUOTE #1
"I am extremely proud of the group we brought out here. From a national champion to Brianna (Richardson) jumping her heart out. She hadn't jumped in six weeks and to watch her compete that did your heart good. With Felix (Obi), what can you say? He is a sophomore, who won his first of hopefully many national titles. Then you can't get any closer than Tiffani (McReynolds) did. I know how hungry she is to win one. I have been there, so I know what she is feeling. She has two more chances, so I know she will get one. Trayvon (Bromell) came so close to getting an All-American honor. I know that made him hungry to improve. Rachel (Johnson) ran tough and did a great job. I thought it was about as good of weekend as we could have had." - head coach Todd Harbour on team's performance
TOP QUOTE #2
"I was competing in pain, but I knew in the end God was going to pull me through and He pulled me through with a big jump. It is unbelievable. I almost wanted to cry when I was out there. I just couldn't believe it, until the last jump was done. It is just an unbelievable feeling. I knew I had some potential, but this just blew my mind." - Felix Obi on winning the NCAA triple jump title
TWEET OF THE DAY
With the end of the indoor season, Baylor will be back on the track next week at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday and Friday, to start the outdoor season.
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COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
8. Rachel Johnson (JR), 9:20.23
1. Felix Obi (SO), 54-5.25 [16.59m] (school record)