April 25, 2009
DES MOINES, Iowa - Baylor won their fifth-straight Drake Relays title in the men's 4x400-meter relay and Trey Harts won the men's 100 meters on the final day of competition at the 100th Drake Relays.
For the weekend, Baylor won three relay and two individual titles, bringing its total to 16 Drake Relays titles over the past three years.
After a record-setting day of weather on Friday, where the temperature reached 85 degrees for just the sixth time in Drake Relays history, Saturday was a mixture of cold and windy temperatures and a steady rain throughout the day.
Harts won the men's 100 meters with a personal-best time of 10.30 with an NCAA-legal wind of 2.2 meters per second. The time ranks as the ninth-fastest in Baylor history, and ranks him 12th in the nation entering the weekend. The win is the fifth all-time for Baylor in the 100 meters at the Drake Relays, and the first since Tre Gardner won in 1999 with a time of 10.52. Jessica Gregory took third in the women's 100 meters with a time of 11.78.
"My start wasn't exactly the cleanest, but it wasn't too bad," said Harts. "The conditions weren't all that good either, but I'm still pleased with the race. That is a personal-best time for me. The crowd was still great even though the weather was not."
The Baylor men won their fifth-straight Drake Relays title in the 4x400-meter relay and have now won 18 of the last 21 titles at the event. The Bears also won their 40th-straight race against collegiate competition with a time of 3:05.11, more than two and a half seconds better than the next closest finisher.
"We are always happy to run here," said anchor Quentin Iglehart-Summers. "We are always happy to run fast here too. We wanted it to be warmer, but the crowd was great."
"It's hard to run in cold weather," said LeJerald Betters. "But this is our second home, and we wanted to run fast for the people who stayed through the rain."
The Lady Bears took third place in the women's 4x400-meter relay, clocking a time of 3:38.69.
Baylor finished second overall in the women's 4x1,600-meter relay with a time of 19:21.67 to finish seven seconds behind Minnesota. Last year, Baylor won the event with a Drake Relays and Drake Stadium record of 19:05.80.
The men's distance medley relay finished sixth overall with a time of 9:49.49. Zac Flowers opened up with a 3:04 split to pass in 16th place out of 21 total teams. Iglehart-Summers passed six runners during the 400-meter leg, splitting 46.5 seconds. James Gilreath moved Baylor from 10th to eighth overall on the 800-meter leg with a 1:50 split. Chris Gowell split 4:06 on the 1,600-meter anchor leg, moving Baylor up two more spots over the last four laps.
The women's 4x100-meter relay finished third overall with a time of 44.96. The two-time defending champions in the men's 4x100-meter relay, the Baylor men could not get the stick around the track through a torrential downpour, dropping the baton at the second exchange.
Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner won the men's invitational 400 meters with a time of 45.06, the second-fastest time in the world this year. Former Baylor All-American Lauren Hagans won the women's invitational 1,500 meters with a time of 4:18.24.
Baylor returns to action on Saturday as the Bears will send limited athletes to Austin, Texas to compete at the Texas Invitational.