April 26, 2003
DES MOINES, Iowa - The 94th annual Drake Relays concluded today at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa with more close races and another Baylor title, the fourth of the meet for the Bears.
After clocking the second-fastest preliminary time on Friday, Lakadron Ivery claimed the fourth title of the Relays for the Bears, clocking an 11.67 to edge out Judyth Kitson of Alabama (11.68) in the finals of the 100-meter dash. The sophomore from Tyler, Texas is the Bears first women's 100 Drake Relay champion since Ssereta Lafayette (11.83) took the title in 1999.
Ivery also ran the second leg for the women's 4x400 relay team. She teamed with Jasmine Opusunju, Tiffany Wise and Danielle Myricks as they battled with Rice and Stanford for the victory. Despite running their fastest time of the year by more than a second, the Bears were unable to defend their 2002 Relays title. The Rice Owls won the race, clocking a 3:35.90, followed by the Bears in second with a 3:36.37.
The men's 4x400 relay lived up to its billing as one of the most exciting races of the meet. After a close first leg by Joel Martin, Arizona State opened up the second leg by taking a sizeable lead. Darold Williamson closed the gap before handing off to Brian McDonald. The Bears stretched to be the first team to complete the final handoff as Jeremy Wariner took the baton and gained a short lead. It was a battle to the finish line before a photo-finish showed Arizona State emerging victorious with a time of 3:02.81 as Baylor clocked a season-best 3:02.82.
The men's distance medley relay quartet of Nick Devenport, Jamen Saziru, Wil Fitts, Kyle King took second with a time of 9:46.54. All of the teams were still in the hunt after the opening leg before Baylor, Stanford and Indiana pulled ahead of the pack. By the final lap of the race, the Bears and Cardinal battled for the lead. Stanford won the event with a 9:43.33.
"This has got to be one of our best meets up here," head coach Clyde Hart said. "What we competed in, we competed well. There is still plenty of time for improvement. We had some great wins and some close seconds. It was heartbreaking not to win the relays since we had our fastest times of the year, but we have time to work on it. We had a lot of bright spots at this meet."
Danielle Myricks ran in the special invitational heat of the women's 400 intermediate hurdles. With a time of 58.12 she finished fifth. The wining time was 55.86, recorded by Allison Beckford of Rice.
In field events, Jordan Willmann finished ninth in the high jump, clearing 5-7.
Baylor travels to Austin on Saturday, May 3, for the Texas Invitational.