May 11, 2012
Freshman Erin Hegarty earned her first-career All-Big 12 honor in the 10,000 meters on Friday.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Sophomore Erin Atkinson broke her own school record and earned a silver medal in the hammer to lead Baylor’s track and field team on the first day of action at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Manhattan, Kan.
Atkinson’s second-place finish in the hammer, coupled with an all-conference performance in the 10,000 meters by freshman Erin Hegarty, left Baylor’s women’s team in fifth place with 12 points. Baylor’s men competed in the decathlon on the first day, which will finish on Saturday, and did not score in the 10,000 meters.
“Both of our ladies (Erin Atkinson and Erin Hegarty) did a super job today,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “I was really proud of the Erin Hegarty in the 10k, she just went out there and battled. It was great to see her get her first all-conference honor. Erin (Atkinson) did a tremendous job in the hammer, breaking her school record again. In the multis, they all put themselves in position tomorrow, and we are looking forward to having another good day. ”
Atkinson, competing in her first Big 12 Outdoor Championship, was able to hit three throws on the day over 200 feet, with the best coming on her third throw of 204-1. The mark breaks her own school record by nearly two feet and earns the second All-Big 12 honor of her career.
Hegarty also had a career day, holding strong in the 10,000 meters to earn her first-career all-conference honor with a fifth-place finish. After a lead-pack of four raced away from the field, Hegarty didn’t let the remaining runners get close to fifth, finishing 22 seconds ahead of sixth at 35:32.86.
Baylor also had six multi-event athletes compete on the first of a two-day competition. On the men’s side, junior Eric Bostick leads a trio of Bears in the decathlon, sitting eighth after the first five events. Bostick had a solid run of 10.94 in the 100 meters and 49.20 in the 400 meters to help put his score at 3,582 points for the day. Sophomore Henry Vildosola was solid across the board on the first day to post the ninth-best score of 3,546, while sophomore Hunter Brook used a 6-7.5 high jump to boost his 10th-place score to 3,535.
For the women, sophomore Jessica Shadley is on a career-best pace to lead a trio of Lady Bears in the women’s heptathlon through the first four events. Shadley is currently 13th overall with a score of 2,915, after achieving career-best marks in the 100 hurdles (14.75) and the shot put (33-1). Sophomore Michelle Ratliff is currently 17th at 2,730 and had a career best in the shot put (32-2.25), while Lauren Rover is currently 18th after a career-best in the 100 hurdles (15.71) to add to her total of 2,726.
Baylor will be back in action for the second of the three-day Big 12 Outdoor Championships on Saturday in Manhattan, Kan. The decathlon will start the day at 10 a.m., followed by the first field events at 2 p.m. and the first running events at 3 p.m. at R.V. Christian Track Complex.