SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Baylor track and field team racked up 11 event titles on the final day of the Ricardo Romo Invitational Saturday at the Park West Athletics Complex.
The event titles, eight for the women and three for the men, propelled the women to a second-place finish in the team standings with 165 points, while the men were third with 115 points.
Pole vaulter Annie Rhodes highlighted the event titles by producing a school-record clearance of 14-7.25 [4.45m]. Rhodes, who owns all 10 of the top outdoor clearances in school history, bettered her own previous school record of 14-4.5 [4.38m]. The new mark is also a qualifying clearance for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials and the second-best mark currently in the NCAA.
In her first collegiate outdoor race, freshman Taylor Bennett tied the top-time in the NCAA for 2016 outdoor season in the 200-meter dash by winning the event in 23.23.
Another freshman, Kiana Horton, blazed to a win in the 100-meter dash in a stadium record time of 11.31. That mark is currently third-best in the NCAA.
To close out the meet, the women's 4x400-meter relay of Bennett, Kiana Hawn, Horton and Olicia Williams tallied in the NCAA"s current fifth-best time of 3:37.97.Bennett gave the Bears the lead on the opening leg and the remaining three legs maintained the advantage throughout the race.
Hawn had earlier in the day captured the 400-meter hurdle title with a mark of 59.52
Junior Rhys Phillips clocked the NCAA's 11th-best time for the current outdoor season and notched a new personal-best of 14.00 in the 110-meter hurdles to take the top spot on the podium.
The Bears cleaned up in several field events. First, Rachel Toliver won the triple jump with a stadium record of 42-1.5 [12.84m]. In the javelin, Richard Hansen opened BU's day by being the top collegiate athlete with a throw of 207-0 [63.09m].
BU also had success in the distance events on the women's side as Maggie Montoya clocked a stadium record time of 4:29.09 to win the 1,500 meters. In the 2,000-meter steeplechase, Madie Zimmerman claimed the title with a time of 7:01.93.
On the men's side in the 4x400 meters, the quartet of Gary, London, Moore and Dickson were just outraced in the final 50 meters by Texas A&M. However, the group's time of 3:05.23 ranks them second-best for the 2016 outdoor season in the NCAA.
Baylor also had nine other runner-up finishes Saturday, including Blake Bostick (2,000-meter steeplechase), Richard Gary (400m), Jessica Purtell (800m), Wil London (200m), Olicia Williams (800m), Alex Davis (3,000m), Cion Hicks (discus), Desmine Hilliard (shot put) and the women's 4x100-meter relay of Horton, Bennett, Juanita Mainoo and Justise Dayries.
Megan SaxvanderWeyden used the eighth-best throw in school history, 142-1 [43.31m] to place fifth in the javelin. In her first two collegiate meets, SaxvanderWeyden has recorded a pair of top-10 school marks.
Desmine Hilliard placed second in the discus by recording the third-best throw in school history of 185-7 [56.57m]. That mark places him ninth in the NCAA for 2016.
"It was a good meet overall. We had good performances across the field events. Annie's (Rhodes) big jump was outstanding. I thought Desmine (Hilliard) in the discus had a great day. We had a lot of big marks. Kiana's 100-meter race was impressive and Taylor's time in the 200 was great. Our sprint crew overall had a big day. You always hate to see injuries, but I don't think the ones to George (Caddick) or Bryce (Grace) are too serious. That was the only real negative we had." - head coach Todd Harbour on the meet
Next week, the majority of Baylor's athletes will be in action at the Texas Relays in Austin starting on Thursday and running through Saturday. Several Bu distance runners will compete at the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday in Stanford, Calif.
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COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
1. Kiana Horton (FR), 11.31 (stadium record & third-best in NCAA)
5. Justise Dayries (SR), 11.51 (personal best)
11. Juanita Mainoo (SO), 11.97
4. Malik Wilson (SO), 10.60
1. Taylor Bennett (FR), 23.23 (ties best in NCAA)
3. Kiana Horton (FR), 23.31 (seventh-best in NCAA)
4. Justise Dayries (SR), 23.82
7. Juanita Mainoo (SO), 24.72
2. Wil London (FR), 21.10 (tied for 18th-best in NCAA)
5. Malik Wilson (SO), 21.57
11. Kaitlynn Lindsey (SO), 59.43
1. Caleb Dickson (FR), 47.38
2. Richard Gary (SR), 47.53
7. Isaiah Duke (SR), 48.03
-- George Caddick (JR), DNF
2. Jessica Purtell (SR), 2:12.96
3. Chelsea Orr (SR), 2:14.38
6. Amanda Dillon (FR), 2:16.69
1. Brandon Moore (JR), 1:52.06
8. Danny Leland (FR), 1:55.02
1. Maggie Montoya (JR), 4:29.09 (stadium record)
2. Olicia Williams (SR), 4:37.09 (personal best)
6. Peyton Thomas (JR), 4:41.17
10. Chris McElroy (SR), 4:00.85
11. Eric Anderson (SO), 4:00.98
12. Greg Bostick (SR), 4:01.00 (personal best)
15. Matt Parham (SO), 4:04.10
2. Alex Davis (JR), 10:09.52
4. Kyle Scanlan (SR), 8:51.45
1. Rhys Phillips (JR), 14.00 (personal best & 11th in NCAA)
-- Bryce Grace (SR), DNF
1. Kiana Hawn (SO), 59.52
8. Antwuan Musgrove (FR), 53.27
11. Robert Dutton (SO), 54.65
2. Baylor (Kiana Horton, Taylor Bennett, Juanita Mainoo, Justise Dayries), 44.63 (ninth in NCAA)
1. Baylor A (Taylor Bennett, Kiana Hawn, Kiana Horton, Olicia Williams), 3:37.97 (stadium record & fifth-best in NCAA)
5. Baylor B (Justise Dayries, Amanda Dillon, Jessica Purtell, Kaitlynn Lindsey), 3:51.23
2. Baylor A (Richard Gary, Wil London, Brandon Moore, Caleb Dickson), 3:05.23 (second-best in NCAA)
8. Baylor B (Isaiah Duke, Antwuan Musgrove, Robert Dutton, Danny Leland), 3:16.07
5. Blaine Listach (FR), 6-8.75 [2.05m]
1. Annie Rhodes (JR), 14-7.25 [4.45m] (tied stadium record, school record & second-best in NCAA)
10. Greyson Gonzalez (FR), 14-7.25 [4.45m]
-- Reed Rightmer (SO), NH
1. Rachel Toliver (JR), 42-1.5 [12.84m] (stadium record & third-best in NCAA)
2. Cion Hicks (JR), 166-7 [50.78m]
2. Desmine Hilliard (SR), 185-7 [56.57m] (third-best in school history & ninth-best in NCAA)
5. Megan SaxvanderWeyden (FR), 142-1 [43.31m] (eighth-best in school history)
1. Richard Hansen (SR), 207-0 [63.09m]