April 2, 2011
ARLINGTON, Texas – Freshman Tiffani McReynolds turned in the NCAA’s fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles, while Baylor won a total of nine events on a warm and breezy day at the 35th annual UTA Bobby Lane Invitational on Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
In one of the few scored meets of the season, Baylor’s women took the team title by 61.5 points with a total of 163.5, while the BU men placed second overall with 106 points, 44 behind host UT-Arlington.
“It was another very solid day by both the track and field athletes,” Harbour said. “We had a lot of really good performances, but Tiffani’s (McReynolds) was amazing. Skylar had another really good day in both throwing events, and Marcus’ 200 was huge. Both of our 4x100s ran really good again, and for the most part, we stayed healthy. We’ll be healthy and ready for the quick turnaround next weekend at the Texas Relays.”
Baylor’s sprint and hurdle crew led the way on the track, while BU’s field event personnel posted victories and solid performances. On the track, Tiffani McReynolds had another record-breaking day in the 100-meter hurdles, shattering her own one-week-old record. The freshman won the meet in the event with the nation’s fastest time of the season of 12.91.
Seniors Tiffany Townsend and Marcus Boyd each earned a victory with their best performances of the season. Townsend took the title in the women’s 100 meters with a time of 11.24, while Boyd won the men’s 200 meters with a wind-aided, career-best time of 20.47. Boyd’s time would rank as the top time in the nation, but a wind reading of 4.9 meters per second does not allow the time to qualify for the NCAA performance list. Townsend’s time, however, was under the legal wind reading and ranks as the fourth-best in the NCAA.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay also got back to its winning ways with a solid performance. With their normal anchor Boyd resting in advance of the Texas Relays, the team of Zwede Hewitt, James Gilreath, Whitney Prevost and Drew Seale turned in a time of 3:06.92 win by nearly three seconds.
Baylor also had victories on the track by sophomores Christina Holland and Lizzy Whitney. Holland led a 1-2 finish with teammate Michelle Nwachukwu in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:00.68. Whitney earned her first collegiate victory with a win in the 800 meters in a time of 2:12.32, just .01 seconds ahead of second place.
In the field events, the Baylor women earned two victories and three runner-up finishes. Hannah Peters cleared a career-best height in the women’s pole vault of 11 feet, 5.75 inches on her way to a victory, while Jessica Ubanyionwu had a winning effort in the triple jump with a leap of 40-11.5.
Thrower Skylar White posted two of the runner-up finishes in the shot put and discus. White neared her career-best mark in the discus at 176-0 and battled some wind in the shot put with a very respectable toss of 54-7.25. White’s mark in the discus moves her from 11th to seventh on the NCAA performance list. In the women’s high jump, Dess Meek was within a shade of clearing a season-best height after making a successful jump at 5-8.75.
Sophomore Woodrow Randall had a good day in the sprints, finishing sixth in the 100 meters and running the third leg of the runner-up 4x100-meter relay. Randall turned in a time of 10.34 in the 100, and joined Boyd, Prevost, and Dennis Scruggs on the sprint relay for a time of 39.91.
Also for the men, freshmen Gabriel El Hanbli and Brad Miles were able to set high marks in their respective events. El Hanbli placed in the top four in both hurdle events, taking second in the 400s at 52.22 and fourth in the 110s at 14.22. Miles, on the other hand, ran a career-best in the 1,500 meters to place fourth with a time of 3:58.77.
In the women’s 400 meters, Richardson recorded another top-three finish with a time of 53.73.
Baylor’s track and field team will gear up for a big weekend coming up next at the Texas Relays. Action will begin on Wednesday, April 6, with the distance races and continue through Saturday, April 9.
Men’s 800 Meters
21. Jesse Brooks (FR), 2:01.46
Women’s 1,500 Meters
27. A’mie Preston (FR), 5:38.09
Women’s 5,000 Meters
14. Mallory Ramsey (FR), 20:28.04
Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay
1. Baylor – McReynolds, Townsend, Bruce, Richardson – 44.25
Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay
2. Baylor – Boyd, Prevost, Randall, Scruggs – 39.91
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay
2. Baylor (A) – Whitney, Nichols, Holland, Omogiate – 3:45.83
3. Baylor (B) – Starks, Charbonnet, Tran, Nwachukwu – 3:46.94
Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay
1. Baylor (A) – Hewitt, Gilreath, Prevost, Seale – 3:06.92
3. Baylor (B) – Scruggs, Barb, El Hanbli, Raaf – 3:12.06
Women’s Triple Jump
1. Jessica Ubanyionwu (JR), 40-11.5 (12.48m)
Women’s Shot Put
2. Skylar White (SO), 54-7.25 (16.64m)
2. Skylar White (SO), 176-0 (53.66m) (Moves from 11th to 7th in NCAA rankings)
6. Kalie Rover (JR), 88-0 (26.84m)