May 4, 2014
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Three Baylor track and field athletes closed out the outdoor regular season by competing at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on Sunday at Cobb Track.
Junior Rachel Johnson set a school-record in the 5,000 meters as she ran a 15:39.42 to place second in her heat of the event. That time would have ranked seventh-best in the NCAA entering the weekend and is a personal-best by over 54 seconds. Johnson broke the school record of Sherri Smith who ran a 16:10.62 in 1999.
Meanwhile at the 1,500-meter distance, senior Mariah Kelly place second in her heat with a time of 4:18.35. That mark was a personal-best by almost four seconds and ranks as the fifth-best time in school history. There are only three BU runners, Lauren Hagans, Erin Bedell and Sandy Forsythe, who have run faster times. Entering the weekend, Kelly's time would have ranked ninth in the NCAA.
Freshman Maggie Montoya placed 11th in her section four of the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:31.55.
STAT OF THE DAY
31.20 - the number of seconds by which Rachel Johnson beat the previous school record
TOP QUOTE #1
"Mariah ran a great race. She was very smart. She almost had the thing won, but the girl snuck up on her right at the end. For Rachel that was big. It was almost a minute PR, which is great. She is on a roll right now. It was really windy tonight, so they can run faster. It was a great end to the weekend and now it is time to get ready for conference action." - head coach Todd Harbour
Baylor will now take a weekend off, before heading to Lubbock, Texas, for the Big 12 Championships, May 16-18.
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COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
Women - Section 4
2. Mariah Kelly (SR) - 4:18.35 (personal best, fifth-best in school history and ninth in NCAA)
11. Maggie Montoya (FR) - 4:31.55
Women - Section 2
2. Rachel Johnson (JR) - 15:39.42 (school record, seventh in NCAA)