April 3, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -
Nick Lyons and Tiffany Townsend set school records and Baylor claimed its first relay title of the meet on the third day of competition at the Texas Relays.
Lyons set a new school mark in the javelin with a throw of 66.58m (218-05) on his second throw of the series. The mark is an NCAA regional qualifier and is a 12-foot personal best. Lyons tops the previous school record of 207 feet set by Bobby Rawls in 1986.
Townsend won her heat of the 100 meters with a school-record-time of 11.24 in the preliminaries. The race had a 2.2 m/s wind reading, which prevented her time from tying the world-leading mark set by Porsha Lucas of Texas A&M last weekend. The time ranks as the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season after LSU's Samantha Henry clocked 11.21 in a later preliminary heat.
Baylor won its first relay of the meet as the Bears claimed the sprint medley relay on Friday night. Courtney Thomas and Trey Harts ran the 200-meter legs to put Baylor out in front. Quentin Iglehart-Summers clocked 44.8 seconds on the 400-meter leg to extend the lead for the Bears. Chris Gowell recorded a split of 1:48 over 800 meters as Baylor won the race by more than three full seconds. The time of 3:15.96 ranks as the fourth-fastest in Baylor history.
Harts clocked the fastest time in the men's 100 meter preliminaries at 10.37 to qualify for Saturday's event final. Courtney Thomas recorded a season-best time of 10.64 to finish 16th overall.
Baylor opened the day with a pair of preliminary victories in the 4x100-meter relays. The women's squad, which dropped the baton during the second exchange last weekend at the LSU Relays, won its heat with a time of 44.41, the third fastest of the preliminaries. The time ranks as the fastest for the Bears this season, lowering their previous fastest time of 45.50 at the Dr Pepper Invitational by over one second.
The men followed suit with a preliminary win in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 39.77, also the third-fastest time of the preliminary heats. The time is just off Baylor's season-best time of 39.70 run at the LSU Relays event final.
The women's 4x400-meter relay finished second in its heat and eighth overall with a time of 3:38.71 to qualify for the event finals on Saturday. After an opening leg of 53.61 seconds by Katrina Taylor, Baylor held the lead by 10 meters. Townsend, who had two races earlier in the day, split 55.72 seconds to hold the lead. Egle Uljas had a 55.24-second split on the third leg as LSU moved into the lead. Diamond Richardson split 53.73 seconds on the anchor leg for the Lady Bears.
DeAna Carson finished fourth in the women's long jump with a best leap of 6.32m (20-09), a new personal best.
The men's 4x1,500-meter relay finished fifth overall with a time of 16:06.07.
Baylor returns to action on Saturday for the final day of the 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.