Junior Christina Holland won the 400 hurdles at UCF on Saturday.
March 24, 2012
ORLANDO - Baylor's track and field team put together a complete weekend, gathering 10 victories and multiple NCAA-leading marks at the UCF Invitational on Saturday in Orlando, Fla.
Against a field that featured ranked teams such as Florida, Ohio State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Princeton and host UCF, the Bears' 10 wins were combined with three marks that would've ranked at the top of the national lists entering the weekend.
"This was as good of a March meet as I think we've ever had," head coach Todd Harbour said. "With that amount of wins and nation-leading marks, I couldn't be more proud of the way this group came out and competed. We put in some great work this weekend and are coming out of it healthy, so that's important. Now we've got the Texas Relays coming up. I really like where we are moving forward."
Sophomore Tiffani McReynolds took advantage of her first outdoor meet of the season with a full day of races, including a scorching 100 hurdles. In her signature event, McReynolds held off UCF's Jackie Coward for the victory and the fastest time in the NCAA of 13.04. She also posted a solid 100 meters with a second -place time of 11.42 and 200 meters with a fourth-place time of 23.40. Topping off the sprints in the women's side, senior Diamond Richardson ran a solid 400 meters of 52.94 to place second overall and claim the No. 2 spot in the NCAA rankings.
On the men's side, a growing group of sprinters blistered the track with wins in the 4x100 relay, 200 and 400, as well as two top-four finishes in the 100 meters. The 200 meters was the most impressive with four competitors running 20.83 or better, including the nation's fastest time of 20.53 from winner Everett Walker. Sophomore Blake Heriot was second at 20.55, senior Whitney Prevost was fourth at 20.75 and senior Zwede Hewitt was sixth at 20.83. All four times rank in the top seven of the NCAA's marks entering the weekend.
In the sprint relay, senior Woodrow Randall joined Prevost, Walker and Hewitt to improve their season-best mark to 39.43 and hold claim on the second spot in the NCAA rankings. Later, in the 4x400-meter relay, the crew of Justin Allen, Heriot, Drew Seale and Hewitt battled their teammates Dennis Scruggs, Prevost, James Gilreath and Joe Barb to the finish, sweeping the top two places. The former took the baton around the track in a time of 3:06.98, while the latter finished in 3:07.31.
In the 400 meters, junior transfer Allen made a big push down the final homestretch to win by just .04 seconds with a time of 47.15. Scruggs was just two spots back with his third-place time of 48.26.
The men's 100 meters showed Baylor's sprint depth even further as Randall ran a season-best 10.32 to place third and edge out Walker, who was fourth at 10.34.
Baylor's middle distance crew, led by 800-meter victories from the women's Brittany OgunMokun and the men's Gilreath, put itself in solid position in the national rankings. OgunMokun, a junior, put more than a full second between her and the runner-up on the way to the nation's fastest time of 2:06.92. On the other side, Gilreath led wire-to-wire for a 1-2-3 Baylor finish with his time of 1:49.23. Freshman Patrick Schoenball was second in 1:49.69 and junior Gavyn Nero was third at 1:50.02.
Junior Christina Holland ran her second consecutive 400-hurdles time under one minute to win the event with a season-best of 59.67. Her teammate, Michelle Nwachukwu, also had a solid day with a career-best in the event of 1:00.74 to place fourth.
Sophomore Skylar White also claimed a victory and a runner-up finish in the throwing events for Baylor. The All-American took home the shot put title with a UCF complex record toss of 54 feet, 9.25 inches, and placed second in the discus with a season-best of 177-5.
Up next for the Baylor track and field team is the annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays from March 28-31 in Austin, Texas.
COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
(NCAA Rankings listed are compared with national list entering weekend)
2. Tiffani McReynolds (SO) - 11.42
17. Justine Charbonnet (SO) - 12.18
22. Idia Omogiate (JR) - 12.26
24. Brittany Carr (SR) - 12.46
3. Woodrow Randall (SR) - 10.32
4. Everett Walker (JR) - 10.34
4. Tiffani McReynolds (SO) - 23.40
14. Alyssa Nichols (SO) - 24.25
20. Idia Omogiate (JR) - 24.71
22. Justine Charbonnet (SO) - 24.79
38. Michelle Ratliff (SO) - 25.69
39. Jessica Shadley (SO) - 25.90
40. Brittany Carr (SR) - 26.48
42. Lauren Rover (SO) - 27.43
1. Everett Walker (JR) - 20.53 (Currently No. 1 in NCAA)
2. Blake Heriot (SO) - 20.55 (Currently No. 2 in NCAA)
4. Whitney Prevost (SR) - 20.75 (Currently No. 5 in NCAA)
6. Zwede Hewitt (SR) - 20.83 (Currently No. 8 in NCAA)
16. Eric Bostick (JR) - 22.08
19. Gabriel El Hanbli (SO) - 22.17
31. Henry Vildosola (SO) - 23.40
33. Hunter Brook (SO) - 24.01
2. Diamond Richardson (SR) - 52.94 (Currently No. 2 in NCAA)
13. Raena Rhone (FR) - 55.56
1. Justin Allen (JR) - 47.15
3. Dennis Scruggs (SR) - 48.26
10. Gabriel El Hanbli (SO) - 49.85
1. Brittany OgunMokun (JR) - 2:06.91 (Currently No. 1 in NCAA; New UCF Complex record)
7. Lizzy Whitney (JR) - 2:11.58
11. Mariah Kelly (SO) - 2:12.35
1. James Gilreath (SR) - 1:49.23
2. Patrick Schoenball (FR) - 1:49.69
3. Gavyn Nero (JR) - 1:50.03
11. Drew Seale (JR) - 1:53.92
16. Joe Barb (JR) - 1:55.42
23. Philip Raaf (SR) - 1:57.48
7. Robbie Knorr (SR) - 3:55.81 (Career best)
100 Hurdles - Women
1. Tiffani McReynolds (SO) - 13.04 (Currently No. 1 in NCAA; UCF Complex Record)
9. Christina Holland (JR) - 14.12
20. Michelle Ratliff (SO) - 15.17
25. Jessica Shadley (SO) - 15.67
26. Lauren Rover (SO) - 15.95
110 Hurdles - Men
11. Eric Bostick (JR) - 15.88
12. Henry Vildosola (SO) - 16.33
13. Hunter Brook (SO) - 16.55
7. Baylor (Charbonnet, Nichols, Richardson, Carr) - 45.76
1. Baylor (Randall, Prevost, Walker, Hewitt) - 39.43 (Currently No. 2 in NCAA)
3. Baylor (OgunMokun, Nichols, Rhone, Richardson) - 3:35.95
7. Baylor (Holland, Omogiate, Whitney, Nwachukwu) - 3:45.10
1. Baylor (Allen, Heriot, Seale, Hewitt) - 3:06.98 (Currently No. 3 in NCAA)
2. Baylor (Scruggs, Prevost, Gilreath, Barb) - 3:07.31
8. Lauren Rover (SO) - 5-4.25 [1.63m]
-- Michelle Ratliff (SO) - NH
-- Lauren Cook (FR) - NH
-- Jessica Shadley (SO) - NH
4. Hayden Loudenslager (SO) - 6-8 [2.03m] (Career best)
6. Kyle Cash (SR) - 6-6 [1.98m]
-- Hunter Brook (SO) - NH
-- Henry Vildosola (SO) - NH
-- Eric Bostick (JR) - NH
1. Skylar White (JR) - 54-9.25 (UCF Complex record)