May 3, 2013
WACO, Texas – Junior Erin Atkinson earned All-Big 12 honors in the hammer throw for a second straight season as the Baylor track and field team opened the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex.
Atkinson recorded her best throw of the day on her first attempt as she uncorked a heave of 208-5 [63.52m]. That mark stood through four rounds until Kansas State’s Sara Savatovic turned in a facility and Serbian national record throw of 210-4 [64.11m].
“It wasn’t a bad day for Erin,” Harbour said. “The young lady that beat her out had a nice PR. We thought this was Erin’s day. They are so hard to win that when you get your opportunity you have to seize it. Erin was just disappointed that she didn’t throw better.”
Last season, Atkinson finished as the runner-up in the event as well.
With student-athletes taking part in just two of five finals on day one of the event, Baylor will begin the bulk of its competition on Saturday.
A large part of Friday’s action was tied up in the multi events. BU’s lone student-athlete in the decathlon, Henry Vildosola, currently stands in seventh place (3,545 pts.). In his first meet of the 2013 season, the junior established personal bests in the 100-meters (11.59) and the shot put (41-3.25).
BU had three competitors in the heptathlon and after four events, Jessica Shadley leads that trio with 2,925 points and a ninth-place standing. The junior had a personal-best time in the 100-hurdles in 14.64, while also taking eighth in the 200-meter in 26.20.
Atkinson’s win gives Baylor eight points in the team race, which is currently tied for fifth. With no athletes in a final on day one, the BU men will look for their first points on Saturday.
Baylor’s multi athletes will be back in action beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, while preliminary running events and field finals get underway at 3 p.m.
“There is a lot opportunities to get people in the finals tomorrow,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “We have a lot that know what it takes, so hopefully we can do what we are supposed to do tomorrow and get a lot into the finals.”
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COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
-- Kim Parr (SO) - NH
Heptathlon #1 – 100 Hurdles
9. Jessica Shadley (JR) - 14.64 (personal-best)
10. Jenna Pfeiffer (FR) - 15.11
15. Lauren Rover (JR) – 15.89
Heptathlon #2 – High Jump
t6. Jenna Pfeiffer (FR) – 5-4.25 [1.63m]
t6. Lauren Rover (JR) – 5-4.25 [1.63m]
t10. Jessica Shadley (JR) – 5-3 [1.60m]
Heptathlon #3 – Shot Put
4. Lauren Rover (JR) – 34-8.5 [10.58m] (personal-best)
t8. Jessica Shadley (JR) – 32-3.5 [9.84m]
14. Jenna Pfeiffer (FR) – 29-1 [8.86m] (personal-best)
Heptathlon #4 – 200 Meters
8. Jessica Shadley (JR) – 26.20
14. Lauren Rover (JR) – 27.51
15. Jenna Pfeiffer (FR) – 28.00
Heptathlon Ranking (Through Four Events)
9. Jessica Shadley (JR) – 2,995
12. Lauren Rover (JR) – 2,736
13. Jenna Pfeiffer (FR) - 2,684
Decathlon #1 – 100 Meters
9. Henry Vildosola (JR) – 11.59 (personal-best)
Decathlon #2 – Long Jump
5. Henry Vildosola (JR) – 22-5.25 [6.84m] w
Decathlon #3 – Shot Put
6. Henry Vildosola (JR) – 41-3.25 [12.58m] (personal-best)
Decathlon #4 – High Jump
t6. Henry Vildosola (JR) – 6-2 [1.88m]
Decathlon #5 – 400 Meters
9. Henry Vildosola (JR) – 52.64
Decathlon Ranking (Through Five Events)
7. Henry Vildosola (JR) – 3,545 points