April 3, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas - The Baylor men's 4x100-meter relay went up against the nation's best and raced to victory with the NCAA's fastest time of the season on Saturday at the Texas Relays inside Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.
"This was an outstanding weekend for our team," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We had some really, really solid performances on both sides. The highlight of the day definitely had to be our 4x100 relay. For them and the 4x400 relay to run those kind of times this early in the season."
With nation's two fastest teams on each side of the men's sprint relay team, the Bears came out on top with the fastest time in the nation and sixth fastest time in the world in 2010. Marcus Boyd, Whitney Prevost, and Courtney Thomas put Baylor in position, then Trey Harts finished it off, chasing down TCU from two strides behind to nip the Horned Frogs at the finish by .02 seconds. Baylor's time of 39.18 also marked the fourth fastest in Baylor history, only .20 seconds behind the school record.
"Coach (Michael) Ford has done a super job with those guys in the 4x1," Harbour said. "They just had it rolling around the track today for a great time."
Earlier in the day, the same crew posted the NCAA's third fastest 4x200-meter relay mark with a time of 1:21.25. The group posted a third-place finish, along with the fourth-fastest time in Baylor history.
In their third race of the day, Harts and Boyd joined forces with Michael Liggins and Zwede Hewitt in the men's 4x400-meter relay, coming up just short with a second-place finish. The Bears, however, did run the third-fastest time in the world this season at 3:02. 70. Hewitt led off with a 46.20 carry, passing to Harts in second place. Harts turned in a 45.45 and gave the baton to Liggins, who put BU in second place with a 45.51 leg. Boyd, the Bears' anchor, ran the team's fastest split of the day at 45.09, but couldn't catch Texas A&M's Tabarie Henry.
In the field, freshman Skylar White broke her own school record in the women's shot put, marking the sixth time, including the indoor season, in which she has broken a shot put record. Her mark of 50-2.75 is more than a foot better than her previous outdoor best, set last week at Rice. White placed 11th against 10 of the top 20 throwers in the NCAA.
"What more can you say about Skylar, she just keeps breaking records every week," Harbour said. "She has had a great start in the outdoor season in both the shot and discus with her throw yesterday."
In the individual events on the track, Christina Holland posted one of the fastest 400-meter hurdle times in the NCAA, as well as Baylor history. Holland finished in third-place with a time of 57.94, nearly two seconds better than her previous personal best. Her time ranks as the fourth-fastest in the NCAA in 2010, and the third-fastest in Baylor history.
"Christina had a really big day in the hurdles," Harbour said. "It was great to see her run that kind of time. She isn't too far off the school record now."
In the distance medley relays, Baylor's women recorded a third-place finish, while the men came in seventh. In the women's race, Nichole Jones, Diamond Richardson, Stephanie Morgan and Erin Bedell combined for the sixth fastest time in Baylor history of 11:21.48.
For the men, Zac Flowers, Drew Seale, Chris Gowell, and Gavyn Nero battled a loaded field, coming in with a seventh-place finish in a time of 9:51.38, just outside of Baylor's all-time top 10 performances in the event.
Baylor's track and field team will have next weekend off, then host the Michael Johnson Classic at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex on Saturday, April 17, 2010. Check www.BaylorBears.com for complete information, schedule of events, and live results.