May 12, 2012
Sophomore Blake Heriot qualified for the Big 12 finals in the 200 and 400 meters on Saturday.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Baylor's track and field team had three more earn all-conference honors and 15 more qualify for the finals on the second of action at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Manhattan, Kan.
Baylor put together a solid day in the field events and in the qualifying rounds on the track. With three more all-conference honors Saturday, Baylor now has five through two days. In the preliminary rounds, the Baylor squads qualified a total of 10 in the men's events and five in the women's events.
"It was a very good overall day," head coach Todd Harbour said. "To get three more all-conference honors and qualify 15 for the finals is amazing. The weather wasn't great, but I was very proud of the effort of both our men and women. I'm excited to see what they can do tomorrow."
Junior Skylar White put herself in familiar territory on Friday, earning all-conference honors in the shot put for the third consecutive season. White had a solid performance on the day, placing third overall with a toss of 54-10.75. Teammate Justine Charbonnet also scored for the Baylor women on the day, placing eighth in the long jump. Charbonnet's leap of 18-5.25 earned her the first all-Big 12 honor of her career.
On the men's side, Henry Vildosola out-dueled two of his teammates, Eric Bostick and Hunter Brook, for eighth place in the men's decathlon. Earning his first all-Big 12 honor, Vildosola scored a career-best 6,789 points, the third-best total in school history.
In qualifying, junior hurdler Christina Holland had a career day, earning a finals spot in both the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles with career-best times. Holland flew through the high hurdles, knocking more than a quarter-second off her previous best to qualify fourth overall at 13.59. Later in the day, she took on the 400 hurdles and added another personal-best by two-tenths of 57.58. The latter mark meets the U.S. Olympic Trials `B' standard.
Adding to Holland's day on the women's side, senior Diamond Richardson got second in her heat and fourth overall to qualify in the 400 meters at 52.89, while teammate Alyssa Nichols was seventh in the event to also qualify with a career-best of 54.16. Junior Brittany OgunMokun managed her way through a talented 800-meter field to qualify sixth overall at 2:08.41.
For the men, sophomore Blake Heriot and junior Everett Walker each qualified in two events to lead the sprint crew. Heriot first qualified fifth overall in the 400 meters at a career-best 46.81, and then came back to have the fastest time of the day to lead all qualifiers at 20.66 in the 200 meters. Walker finished strong in his 100-meter race, qualifying second overall at 10.30, and then came back to join Heriot in 200-meter qualifying with a time of 20.74.
Seniors Whitney Prevost and Zwede Hewitt also came through with qualifying performances. Prevost made it a trio in the 200 meters, qualifying fifth overall at 20.80. Hewitt made it a trio in the 400 meters, finishing seventh in 47.42 to join Heriot and junior Justin Allen, who was sixth at 47.23.
Baylor's half-milers Patrick Schoenball and James Gilreath each qualified their way through separate heats. The freshman Schoenball battled the event's national-leader Michael Preble of Texas A&M to the finish and won the heat at 1:49.17, while Gilreath cruised home in second in his heat at 1:48.60 to qualify.
Senior Philip Raaf rounded out the Baylor men's qualifiers on Friday, posting a career-best in the 400 hurdles. Raaf dropped nearly a full second off his previous best, qualifying seventh overall at 51.93.
In the women's heptathlon, sophomore Jessica Shadley led a trio of Lady Bears with a 12th-place finish and a career-best score of 4,812 points. The mark shattered her previous personal mark by 292 points.
Baylor will finish the Big 12 Outdoor Championships on Sunday at the R.V. Christian Track Complex at Kansas State University. Field events begin at 1 p.m., while running events will get started at 3 p.m.
COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
Q/q = qualified for Sunday's finals
100 Meters - Prelims
17. Brittany Carr (SR) - 11.97 (Season-best)
20. Idia Omogiate (JR) - 12.18
21. Justine Charbonnet (SO) - 12.25
2. Everett Walker (JR) - 10.30Q (Won heat)
12. Woodrow Randall (SR) - 10.60
14. Whitney Prevost (SR) - 10.65
200 Meters - Prelims
16. Idia Omogiate (JR) - 24.46
18. Justine Charbonnet (SO) - 25.03
20. Brittany Carr (SR) - 26.08
1. Blake Heriot (SO) - 20.66Q (Top overall qualifying time)
4. Everett Walker (JR) - 20.74Q
5. Whitney Prevost (SR) - 20.80Q
14. Justin Allen (JR) - 21.57
15. Dennis Scruggs (SR) - 21.71
400 Meters - Prelims
4. Diamond Richardson (SR) - 52.89Q (Season-best)
7. Alyssa Nichols (SO) - 54.16q (Career-best)
12. Raena Rhone (FR) - 55.46 (Career-best)
5. Blake Heriot (SO) - 46.81Q (Career-best)
6. Justin Allen (JR) - 47.23Q
7. Zwede Hewitt (SR) - 47.42q
13. Joe Barb (JR) - 48.17
16. Dennis Scruggs (SR) - 49.15
800 Meters - Prelims
6. Brittany OgunMokun (JR) - 2:08.41q
15. Lizzy Whitney (JR) - 2:12.03
20. Ivorie Walker (SO) - 2:14.31
3. Patrick Schoenball (FR) - 1:49.17Q (Won heat)
5. James Gilreath (SR) - 1:48.60Q
-- Gavyn Nero (JR) - DNF
1,500 Meters - Prelims
9. Mariah Kelly (SO) - 4:31.59 (Career-best)
100 Hurdles - Prelims
4. Christina Holland (JR) - 13.59Q (Career-best; finished second in heat)