April 21, 2012
WACO, Texas - Baylor's distance crew on the women's side swept their three events to help lead the team to a total of 10 wins on Saturday in the Michael Johnson Dr Pepper Classic at the Hart-Patterson Track Complex.
In its lone home meet of the year, Baylor's women's team took home eight wins, while the men added two more. Along with the three wins in the distance events, Baylor's versatile women's team added a win in the 100 hurdles, four field events and the 4x100-meter relay. The men, meanwhile, added a win in the 4x100-meter relay to give Baylor a sweep in that event, as well as a field-event victory.
"Overall, it was a really solid day in front of a great crowd," head coach Todd Harbour said. "It was an outstanding meet that was put on and we had a great day of weather to come out here and perform. I'm really proud of the way we came out and competed. Erin (Atkinson) had a big throw in the hammer, and Skylar was solid again in the discus. Our ladies on the distance side had a great day with three wins, and our sprint relays got it done on both sides. It was a total team effort across the board today."
In the women's field events, sophomore Erin Atkinson had one of the top performances of the day in the meet's first event. Atkinson unleashed a new school-record hammer throw of 202-10 on her third throw of the day to win the meet by 26 feet and move up to No. 11 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Big 12. Junior Skylar White added two more wins for the second week in a row, winning the discus with a toss of 177-0 and the shot put at 55-3. Senior Jessica Ubanyionwu won the triple jump for the second straight week with a leap of 40-11.5.
Baylor's trio in the women's distance events included a pair of freshmen in Rachel Johnson and Erin Hegarty, as well as junior Cate Westenhover. Johnson took the lead early in her first career 3,000-meter steeplechase and never looked back, winning by more than 20 seconds with a time of 10:56.10. Hegarty, with the help of Westenhover as her pacer, pulled away from the field over 5,000 meters to win her race by 15 seconds in 16:59.01. Westenhover took on the field in the 1,500 meters earlier in the day and came away victorious by six seconds with a five-second personal-best of 4:24.75.
Sophomore Tiffani McReynolds added a victory in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.20 and then led off the team's 4x100-meter relay that featured Alyssa Nichols, Brittany Carr and Justine Charbonnet in a victorious time of 45.39. Charbonnet also turned in a personal best in the 100 meters at 11.93 to place third in the afternoon section.
In the men's field events, senior Kyle Cash cleared a season-best in the high jump of 6-8.75 to lead a 1-3 Baylor finish. Sophomore Hayden Loudenslager added the third-place finish with a clearance of 6-6.75.
The men's 4x100-meter relay had a different look, but turned in a winning result. Junior Eric Bostick competed in his first-career sprint relay as the leadoff leg and sophomore Blake Heriot was in his first since the opening meet of the season as the anchor leg. Mainstays Whitney Prevost and Everett Walker ran the second and third legs to help Baylor win with its time of 39.69.
Walker and Prevost also had solid days in the individual events, recording top-five finishes in the 100 and 200 meters. Walker finished second in the 100 at 10.26 and fourth in the 200 at 20.90, while Prevost was second in the 200 at 20.83 and fifth in the 100 at 10.33.
The half-milers from Baylor also had runner-up finishes on both the men's and women's sides. For the men, freshman Patrick Schoenball made a big move at the start of the second lap to go from seventh to second and nearly pulled off the win, finishing just .05 back with a time of 1:48.41. Junior Brittany OgunMokun led the women in the 800 meters, also placing second with an outdoor season-best of 2:06.73.
Baylor's women posted a runner-up finish in the 4x440-yard relay with the team of Raena Rhone, Nichols, Idia Omogiate and Richardson in a time of 3:37.05. In the 400-meter hurdles, Christina Holland neared her career-best, placing third at 57.98.
Baylor will make its annual trek to the prestigious Drake Relays in its final meet before the conference championships. The three-day meet in Des Moines, Iowa, is set to begin on April 26.