March 30, 2002
HOUSTON, Texas -
Baylor's women's track team knocked off defending national champion and top-ranked LSU here Saturday at the Tom Tellez Invitational. The Bears tallied a season-high 153.50 points to the Tigers' 142. The men finished third with 89.50 points behind champion LSU (133) and runner-up Texas A&M (94).
In all, the women took top honors in seven individual events and set four meet records in the process. The women's 4x400 meter relay team consisting of Tiffany Wise, Chava Demart, Danielle Myricks and Barbara Petrahn posted a provisional mark of 3:36.59 to establish a new meet best mark, while freshman April Holliness' meet record distance of 41-11 ¼ in the triple jump was a new PR. Demart and junior Erin Dixon also ran to meet record times in the 400-meter hurdles and the 5,000 meters, respectively. Demart's time of 58.82 ties as the fourth-best mark in school history, while Dixon's time of 17:57.56 was the best outdoor 5,000 time ran by a Baylor athlete this year.
Other first-place finishers for the Lady Bears included senior Lanie Millar in the 800 (2:13.27), junior Debbie Thornhill in the 1,500 (4:37.33), and sophomore Stephanie Bennett in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:58.47).
The Baylor men had two individual event champions of their own in senior Jon Capron and sophomore Kyle King. Capron won the 800 meters with a season-best time of 1:52.14, and King took top honors in the 3,000 with a 8:28.32 clocking.
Freshman Darold Williamson turned in his fastest time of the season in the 400 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships with a time of 45.74. Williamson's time earned him a second-place finish behind defending national champion and current collegiate record holder Alleyne Francique's 45.61 mark.
Also earning runner-up honors for the Bears were seniors Michael Smith
and Jim Autenreith
in the 110-meter hurdles (14.16) and the pole vault (17-0 ¼), respectively. Junior Ferenc Bekesi
also ran to a second-place finish, posting a time of 8:34.77 in the 3,000-meter run (8:34.77). In addition, the men's 4x400-meter relay team placed second behind LSU (3:02.20) with a time of 3:08.75, breaking its four-meet streak of first-place finishes in the event.
The Bears will continue the outdoor season next weekend in Austin at the Texas Relays, Thurs.-Sat., April 4-6.