April 13, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. -
On a calm night in the desert, the Baylor track and field team arguably had its best outdoor meet of the season. In all, the Bears set 18 regional-qualifying marks at the 24th Sun Angel Classic hosted by Arizona State University.
Freshman Jeremy Wariner ran exceptionally well on the Joe Selleh Track at Sun Angel Stadium. In his first open 400 race since cramping up at the NCAA Indoor Championships almost a month ago, Wariner ran away with the title. He clocked a career-best time of 45.13 to win the first college heat, turn in the fastest time of the day and defeat World Champion Avard Moncur (45.50) who ran for Auburn Elite. After running a stellar open race, Wariner came back with an amazing split in the 4x400 relay. After a slow start in the relay, the Bears gained position on the second and third legs. Wariner took the baton with the team in third place, and with a 43.79 split, nearly anchored the Bears to victory. Seth Billy, Darold Williamson, Brian McDonald and Wariner recorded a time of 3:04.68, but they were edged out of the title by the host Sun Devils of Arizona State (3:04.44), who have been victorious in every men's 4x400 race they have run this season. Williamson also ran in the open 400, taking sixth overall and third among the collegians with a 45.79. Both Wariner and Willaimson as well as the relay set regional-qualifying times.
Freshman Angela Marvin also lit up the track. Competing in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase for only the second time in her career, she set a school record. With a regional-qualifying time of 10:30.65, Marvin broke the record of 10:36.20 set by Stephanie Bennett last season. Marvin finished second overall. Just behind her in the race was sophomore Jessa Vacek. She also qualified for the regional meet with a time of 10:52.39 to finish fourth. Debbie Thornhill also had a stellar distance race for the women. She took first place in the 5,000 with a regional mark of 16:43.60.
The men had strong distance races as well. Kyle King
finished third in the men's 5,000 with a regional-qualifying time of 14:20.88. In the 1,500, Nick Devenport
clocked a 3:47.01 to finish sixth en route to qualifying for the regional meet.
The women had great relay races of their own. The Bears won the 4x400 with another regional-qualifying mark of 3:37.74. Jasmine Opusunju, Lakadron Ivery, Tiffany Wise and Danielle Myricks recorded a thrilling come-from-behind victory. The women also recorded another regional-qualifying time in the 4x100, clocking a 45.75. Myricks also continued to improve her regional time in the 400 hurdles, clocking a 58.47. Ivery continued to have individual success taking third in the 200 with a regional-qualifying time of 23.57. She carried her winning ways to the field as well, taking first in the long jump. With a leap of 20-5 ¾, Ivery and April Holliness (2nd; 20-3 ½) qualified for the regional meet in the event.
Other regional-qualifiers included Wil Fitts in the 800 (4th; 1:50.02), Billy (10th; 51.93) and McDonald (11th; 52.30) in the 400 hurdles, and Eboni Hammond in the discus (10th; 150-3).
The Bears hope to continue competing well as they entertain the home crowd next weekend, hosting the Michael Johnson Classic at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex on Friday and Saturday, April 18-19.