May 3, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas - The Baylor track and field team competed in the Texas Invitational today at Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium. Today's meet was the last of the regular season for the majority of the Baylor squad, making it the final tune-up for the Big 12 Championships.
Several Bears ran in the open 400. Joel Martin was the first new regional qualifier for Baylor, clocking a season best 47.27 to finish ninth in the event. Darold Williamson finished third with a time of 45.54, followed by Jeremy Wariner in fourth at 45.58. Robbie Quiroga also ran the open 400 for the men, clocking a 48.99 to finish 16th. For the women, Jasmine Opusunju clocked a 55.93 to take 13th followed by Tiffany Wise (17th; 56.95), Shanta Bibbs (19th; 57.41) and Lindsey Ramey (27th; 59.52).
With an excellent race in the opening heat of the men's 800, Jon Capron also joined the list of regional qualifiers. He finished third in the event with the fastest time of the season for the Bears, a 1:49.96. Wil Fitts took sixth in the event, clocking a 1:51.89. In his first race in several weeks, Korey Wright recorded a 1:52.91 to finish seventh.
The Bears also clocked several regional-qualifying times in the 200. Running the race for the first time outdoors, Wariner recorded a regional-qualifying time of 20.78 to finish third. Jamen Saziru became a first-time qualifier, running a 21.11 to take eighth. Williamson narrowly missed the regional mark (21.20), recording a 21.24 to finish 11th.
Lakadron Ivery continued to be a strong competitor. She ran her fastest time of the season, an 11.42, to finish second in her heat and second overall, coming in with the top collegiate time. On the men's side, Saziru clocked a season-best 10.62, taking fifth in his heat and 14th overall.
Ivery also performed well in the long jump, where she once again was to top collegiate finisher. With a leap of 20-0 ?, she took fourth place. Jordan Willmann also competed in the event taking 16th with a distance of 17-8.
Jordan Lewis ran a stellar 400-hurdle race, clocking the fastest time of the year so far for the Bears. With a time of 51.19, he finished fifth. Seth Billy came in sixth with a time of 51.52. In the women's 400 hurdles, Danielle Myricks took third with a time of 59.08.
Four Bears competed in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Clocking a 14.06, Janelle Mulkey finished second in her heat and eighth overall. Running in the same heat, Jordan Willmann took fifth with a 14.17 to finish 11th overall. Candace Carroll won her heat with a time of 14.77 en route to finishing 22nd. Annie Housholder finished 27th overall crossing the finish line in 16.10.
After recording a season-best time in the 100 hurdles, Willmann clocked another season-best in the 800, finishing eighth with a team-leading time of 2:13.51. Mary Pearce finished 12th in the event, clocking a 2:16.78.
Seven women ran in the 200. Ivery was the top finisher for the Bears taking fifth with a 23.45. Myricks also ran well in the race, clocking a 24.08 to finish tenth. Also running for the Bears were Marquisha Sefas (16th; 24.97), Mulkey (21st; 25.15), Bibbs (22nd; 25.45), Ramey (26th; 25.53) and Carroll (32nd; 25.45).
The men's 4x400 relay quartet of Brian McDonald, Quiroga, Billy and Lewis finished third clocking a 3:07.53.
Sophomore Lindsey Price ran the 1,500-meter race for the first time this season. She clocked a 4:54.69 to finish sixth in her heat and 15th overall.
Eboni Hammond recorded a distance of 149-5 to finish eighth in the discus. In the pole vault, senior Rebecca McPherson cleared a season-best 10-11 ? to take 13th place. Lisa Padon finished 20th (10-0) followed by Mercy Wagner in 21st (9-6 ?). Three women also competed in the shot put. Amber Barnes took seventh with a throw of 42-7 ?. Rachel Roassler finished 14th (37-6 ?) and Housholder was 18th (27-4).
A select number of Bears may compete at Texas A&M next weekend. The remainder of the team will take the weekend off to prepare for the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, which will be held here in Austin May 17-19.