March 22, 2008
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor men's and women's track and field teams started the outdoor season in style, recording 14 NCAA Regional qualifying marks on Saturday at the Dr Pepper Invitational. In addition, the Bears won 21 events and set two new school records.
Last season Baylor won 22 events, but set just nine NCAA Regional qualifying marks in its outdoor season-opening meet.
"This was a great day to start our outdoor season," said head coach Todd Harbour. "We had great weather and a great crowd. We have a long season ahead of us and it is always good to get a great start."
Brittany Devereaux broke her own school record in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 49.58m (162-08) to finish second overall. Devereaux topped her old school mark by nearly 11 feet, and now holds four of the top 10 marks all-time at Baylor.
Kaleigh Teel also set a new school mark, clearing a regional qualifying height of 3.85m (12-07 ½) on her first attempt. Teel, who previously shared the school record at 12-01 ½ with Kendra Phelps, qualified for the region meet for the first time in her career.
"We had so many great performances today that it's tough to single people out," said Harbour. "Obviously for Kaleigh and Brittany to set school records is quite an accomplishment. I thought that our jumpers performed really well. Jerry Wells did a great job to win the long jump and triple jump. DeAna (Carson) qualified in the long jump, as did Kaleigh in the pole vault and Nick Lyons in the javelin. It's always good to get some good marks from your field events."
Courtney Thomas won both the 100 and 200 meters with regional qualifying times. He opened with a 10.46 in the 100 meters, and blazed the field in the 200 meters with a time of 20.82.
Justin Boyd, the third leg on Baylor's NCAA champion 4x400-meter relay, clocked a regional time of 51.09 in the 400-meter hurdles.
The Lady Bears swept the top three spots in the women's 100 meters with three regional qualifying times. Brittany Carr won the event in 11.67, with Tiffany Townsend coming in second in 11.70 and Jessica Gregory in third at 11.71.
Carla Grace clocked 23.66 in the 200 meters for a regional mark, while Carr tallied her second NCAA Regional mark of the day, with a time of 23.96 in the 200 meters.
Lauren Hagans and Nichole Jones finished one-two in the women's 1,500 meters, with Hagans clocking 4:17.55 and Jones finishing in 4:18.50, both regional qualifying times. The times are the second- and third-best in Baylor history, trailing only Sandy Forsythe's 4:16.82 during the 1986 season.
"Brittany Carr ran unbelievably today," said Harbour. "Carla Grace looked good. Courtney Thomas was running really fast for being so early in the season. Justin Boyd did a great job in the 400-meter hurdles and he has really only practiced over the hurdles for a couple of days. I was really proud of Nichole and Lauren in the 1,500 meters. Those times are the kind you get at the end of the season. We are setting ourselves up for a great outdoor season."
The women's 4x100-meter relay clocked a regional qualifying time of 44.79, a time faster than the Lady Bears' season-best 44.89 in 2007. Gregory led off and passed to Grace. Carr ran the third leg and handed off to Townsend on the anchor.
DeAna Carson qualified for the region meet in the women's long jump with a career-best leap of 6.07m (19-11), the eighth-best mark in Baylor history.
Nick Lyons opened the day with a win in the men's javelin. His throw of 62.25m (204-03) is a regional qualifying mark and ranks as the second-best mark in school history.
The Bears got two victories in the triple jump as Stasia Kelly-Taylor won the women's event and Jerry Wells took first place in the men's competition. Kelly-Taylor jumped 11.88m (38-11 ¾) into a slight headwind to take first place, while Wells' leap of 14.70m (48-02 ¾) was the winning mark by nearly four feet. The jump puts Wells into second place all-time in Baylor history. Josh Camp finished second in the men's triple jump with a mark of 13.53m (44-04 ¾).
The Bears return to action on Friday as the men's and women's squads travel to participate in the Abilene Invitational. Abilene Christian and North Texas will also be competing in the three-team meet.
Dr Pepper Invitational Results
1. Brittany Carr (Baylor) - 11.67#
2. Tiffany Townsend (Baylor) - 11.70#
3. Jessica Gregory (Baylor) - 11.71#
6. Stasia Kelly-Taylor (Baylor) - 12.89
1. Carla Grace (Baylor) - 23.66# w
2. Brittany Carr (Baylor) - 23.96# w
3. Brittany Bruce (Baylor) - 24.04 w
1. Loren Hodges (Baylor) - 2:13.71
2. Brittany Harlan (Baylor) - 2:15.22
3. Kathryn Benvegnu (Baylor) - 2:16. 58
4. Lauren Simpson (Baylor) - 2:20.38
1. Lauren Hagans (Baylor) - 4:17.55#
2. Nichole Jones (Baylor) - 4:18.50#
3. Danielle Bradley (Baylor) - 4:31.96
1. Renae Van Wyhe (Baylor) - 9:43.90
2. Jessi Barnes (Baylor) - 9:44.16
3. Erin Bedell (Baylor) - 9:45.70
4. Lyndsy Bedell (Baylor) - 9:57.97
5. Katie Shaw (Baylor) - 10:03.71
1. DeAna Carson (Baylor) - 14.24
1. Gregory, Grace, Carr, Townsend (Baylor) - 44.79#
1. Hodges, Grace, Jones, Carr (Baylor) - 3:50.32
2. Hagans, Bruce, Townsend, Taylor (Baylor) - 3:50.53
1. Cassidy Porter (Tarleton State) - 1.60m (5-03)
4. Kayla Smith (Baylor) - 1.55m (5-01)
1. Kaleigh Teel (Baylor) - 3.85m (12-07 ½)# *
3. Ashley Korol (Baylor) - 3.55m (11-07 ¾)
1. DeAna Carson (Baylor) - 6.07m (19-11)#
1. Stasia Kelly-Taylor (Baylor) - 11.88m (38-11 ¾)
1. Christina Mueller (SMU) - 51.22m (168-00)
2. Brittany Devereaux (Baylor) - 47.28m (155-01)
1. Lauren Kuhner (SMU) - 53.56m (175-09)
2. Brittany Devereaux (Baylor) - 49.58m (162-08)*
1. Andrea Kvetova (SMU) - 47.82m (156-11)
6. Mallory Craig (Baylor) - 24.37m (79-11)
1. Courtney Thomas (Baylor) - 10.46#
6. Jerry Wells (Baylor) - 11.35
10. Josh Camp (Baylor) - 11.98
1. Courtney Thomas (Baylor) - 20.82# w
2. Marcus Boyd (Baylor) - 21.46 w
1. John Mikalik (McMurray) - 49.54
3. Wesley Fox (Baylor) - 50.65
1. Rey Hinojosa (Tarleton State) - 1:53.65
4. Logan Roberts (Baylor) - 1:58.63
10. Joseph Hawkins (Baylor) - 2:03.80
1. Ben Haby (Baylor) - 3:55.36
3. Jordan Hiller (Baylor) - 4:02.39
4. Michael Williams (Baylor) - 4:06.51
1. Felix Rodriguez (Dallas Baptist) - 8:47.47
4. Brandon White (Baylor) - 9:03.52
5. Jeff Sadler (Baylor) - 9:11.20
8. Michael Williams (Baylor) - 9:23.27
1. Jeremy Jackson (Baylor) - 14.35
3. Laszlo Vandracsek (Baylor) - 14.63
1. Justin Boyd (Baylor) - 51.09#
1. Fox, Harts, Thomas, J. Boyd (Baylor) - 3:13.26
2. Vandracsek, M. Boyd, Norman, Betters (Baylor) - 3:13.64
1. Joe Farley (Baylor) - 4.60m (15-01)
3. Erik Vance (Baylor) - 4.45m (14-07 ¼)
1. Jerry Wells (Baylor) - 6.90m (22-07 ¾) w
5. Josh Camp (Baylor) - 6.15m (20-02 ¼) w
1. Jerry Wells (Baylor) - 14.70m (48-02 ¾)
2. Josh Camp (Baylor) - 13.53m (44-04 ¾)
1. Tyler Fleet (Abilene Christian) - 51.52m (169-00)
3. Michael Stevick (Baylor) - 40.41m (132-07)
1. Nick Lyons (Baylor) - 62.25m (204-03)#
1. Casey Keeter (Tarleton State) - 15.89m (52-01 ¾)
3. Adrian Edmonds (Baylor) - 14.07m (46-02)
* - school record
# - NCAA Regional Qualifying mark
w - wind-aided (legal)
w+ - wind-aided (not legal, > 4.0 m/s)