Junior Darold Williamson ran the fastest time in the world in the 400 meters - 44.59 - at the Michael Johnson Classic Saturday.
April 17, 2004
WACO, Texas - Junior Darold Williamson (San Antonio, Texas) posted a time of 44.59 to win the 400 meters over top-ranked sophomore teammate Jeremy Wariner (Grand Prairie, Texas), who still ran an impressive 44.80, as the Bears hosted the Michael Johnson Classic Saturday at the Hart-Patterson Track & Field Complex.
Williamson's time is the fastest in the world so far this year, passing the 45.21 clocked by Wariner last week in Tempe, Ariz. Williamson also tied Raymond Pierre, one of the starters at the meet, for second on Baylor's all-time 400 list, behind only the meet's namesake, Michael Johnson, who clocked 44.21 in 1990.
Williamson and Wariner also teamed with sophomore Jamen Saziru (Waco, Texas) and senior Joel Martin (Stephenville, Texas) to cruise to victory in the 4x440-yard relay at 3:07. 06. Saziru placed second in the 100 meters at 10.63 and 10th in the 200 meters at 21.60, while Martin ran 47.80 to take third in the 400 meters in the college division. Freshman Braelon Davis (Dallas, Texas), Saziru, Wariner and Williamson also won the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 39.57
Sophomore Wil Fitts (Desoto, Texas) took gold in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.76 to edge out Abilene Christian's Bernard Marirakiza at 1:49.86, freshman Bo Price (Atlanta, Texas) won the 1,500 in 3:48.87 and senior Kyle King (Sulpher Springs, Texas) took fourth in 3:52.64. Sophomore Rob Morrow (Grapevine, Texas) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:17.20, while junior Jason Baker (Greenwood Village, Colo.) finished third at 9:34.71. Senior Brandon Baker (DeMotte, Ind.) finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.71.
Freshman Mitch Sanders (Katy, Texas) took second in the 1,500 college/open division in 4:09.87).
On the women's side, junior Danielle Myricks (Willingboro, N.J.) won the 400-meter hurdles in 59.79, while freshman Lauren Tillman (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished third in 62.41. Junior Lakadron Ivery (Tyler, Texas) was edged out by Oklahoma's LaVerne Jones (23.16) to finish third in the 200 meters at 23.23 and finished second in the 100 in 11.39.
Senior Megan McCoin (Houston, Texas) finished second in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:42.98, while freshman Rena Napoleon (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ran a regional qualifying time of 54.49 to finish fourth in the 400, and sophomore Shanta Bibbs (San Antonio, Texas) finished third in the college division at 55.26. Freshman Monique Ortega (El Paso, Texas) took second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10:50.76, while sophomore Angela Marvin (Kingwood, Texas) finished fourth at 11:06.35.
Freshman Brittany Brockman (Houston, Texas) took second in the 1,500 meters at 4:36.19
In the field events, junior April Holliness (Duncanville, Texas) won the long jump with a regional qualifying mark of 6.45 meters (21-2), while Ivery finished second with a regional qualifying mark of 6.32 (20-9). Freshmen Blake Havran (Fort Worth, Texas) and Chris Cardwell both eclipsed the school record in the hammer. Havran established the new mark at 41.79 meters (137-1), while Cardwell had a mark of 39.51 (129-7). Junior Chris Gillis (Camden, N.J.) finished third in the long jump with a regional qualifying mark of 7.64 meters (25-0 ?).
The Bears return to action at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships April 29-May 1 in Norman, Okla.