April 27, 2012
Junior Skylar White placed fifth in the shot put and second in the discus on Firday.
DES MOINES – Baylor’s 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays on both sides qualified for the finals on blustery and cold second day of action at the 103rd Drake Relays on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.
“We had a solid day in the qualifying events, and Skylar (White) threw well despite some tough conditions,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “I liked the way our team came out and didn’t let the weather bother them. They were able to focus and have some good races and marks today. We are excited to see what we can do tomorrow.”
In the field events, Skylar White was Baylor’s lone competitor on the day, participating in both the discus and shot put. Finishing in the top five in both, White battled a headwind that was steady at 25 miles-per-hour and gusted up to 35 MPH for a runner-up effort of 176-8. In the shot put, she placed fifth overall with a toss of 53-11.
In the women’s distance medley relay, Baylor hung with the leaders until the final lap, placing third overall with a time of 11:24.31. Junior Mariah Kelly put the team in second place with a 1,200-meter leg, followed by 400 meters from Michelle Nwachukwu and 800 meters from Brittany OgunMokun. On the final mile leg, Cate Westenhover was in a tight pack all four laps with Illinois State and Nebraska, but fell to third on the homestretch.
Baylor’s 4x100-meter relay teams had qualifying efforts in both the men’s and women’s races to earn spots in Saturday’s finals. For the men, the team of Eric Bostick, Whitney Prevost, Everett Walker and Blake Heriot zipped the baton around the track in a time of 40.63, the fastest qualifying time of the day.
Later in the day, BU’s 4x400-meter relay teams notched two more qualifying spots, getting a heat win from the men. Baylor got solid legs from its top three spots of Blake Heriot, Walker and Dennis Scruggs, handing to anchor Joe Barb in second place. Barb settled in behind leader Mississippi, until using a big kick down the homestretch to win by a stride with the fourth-best qualifying time of 3:09.98.
In the 4x800-meter relay, Baylor’s men earned fourth place in a time of 7:28.22 with the team of James Gilreath, Drew Seale, Drew Seale and Patrick Schoenball. The Baylor women’s squad of Westenhover, Ivorie Walker, Kelly and OgunMokun combined for a time of 8:55.41 to place seventh overall.
Baylor will be back in action on Saturday for the final day at the 103rd annual Drake Relays. Events will begin on the track at 8 a.m. and in the field at 9 a.m.
COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
4x100-Meter Relay – Prelims
3. Baylor (Richardson, Nichols, Carr, Charbonnet) – 47.40Q (Won heat)
1. Baylor (E. Bostick, Prevost, Walker, Heriot) – 44.63 (Won heat)
4x200-Meter Relay Men
2. Baylor (Walker, Hewitt, Prevost, Heriot) – 1:22.27
4x400-Meter Relay – Prelims Women
6. Baylor (Holland, Omogiate, Rhone, Nichols) – 3:39.08q
4. Baylor (Heriot, Walker, Scruggs, Barb) – 3:09.98Q
7. Baylor (Westenhover, Walker, Kelly, OgunMokun) – 8:55.41
4. Baylor (Gilreath, Seale, Nero, Schoenball) – 7:28.22
Distance Medley Relay – Women
3. Baylor (Kelly, Nwachukwu, OgunMokun, Westenhover) – 11:24.31
Shot Put – Women
5. Skylar White (JR) – 53-11 [16.43m]
Discus – Women
2. Skylar White (JR) – 176-8 [53.85m]