May 13, 2012
Junior Christina Holland broke the Baylor school record in the 400 hurdles.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Two more school records went down to lead the efforts on an outstanding day for Baylor track and field to wrap up the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Manhattan, Kan.
Baylor's record-breaking day featured new program marks in the 100 meters from Everett Walker and in the 400 hurdles from Christina Holland. Walker helped the men finish sixth with 65 points in the team race, while Holland helped the Lady Bears finish fourth with 72 points. Texas A&M won the men's team title and Texas took the league crown on the women's side.
"We are so proud of the way our team came out and competed this whole weekend," head coach Todd Harbour said. "I think we squeezed almost every point we possibly could out of them, and that's amazing. It was just a great job by our sprinters, middle distance and distance runners, hurdlers and field event competitors. You have a guy like Philip Raaf out here in his senior season, giving it all he has in the 400 hurdles to get all-conference honors, that kind of epitomized our whole weekend. Our team just competed really hard from start to finish."
Walker, who collected three all-conference honors on the day, edged out third and fourth by less than one hundredth of a second in the 100 meters at 10.12. His time breaks the all-time Baylor record, which was held jointly by Woodrow Randall from last season and Michael Johnson from 1989. Later in the day, the junior placed third in the 200 meters with a time of 20.59.
Walker also helped Baylor's 4x100-meter relay team that included Whitney Prevost, Randall and Blake Heriot to second with a season-best time of 39.16. The time moves Baylor into the top 10 in the nation and is tied for the fourth-fastest time in program history. The Lady Bears also earned all-conference honors in the sprint relay with the team of Idia Omogiate, Brittany Carr, Alyssa Nichols and Justine Charbonnet, placing sixth at 45.84
Holland, who earned all-conference honors in both hurdle races, had a school-record performance in the 400-meter variety. The junior had run a career-best in the prelims, but saved her finest effort for the finals with a time of 56.87. Her mark broke the 2001 record held by Chava Demart. Holland also placed seventh in the 100 hurdles earlier in the day with a time of 13.84. Holland's male counterpart in the 400 hurdles for Baylor, Philip Raaf, also had a solid day. Raaf turned in a time of 52.10 to place sixth and earn his first-career all-Big 12 honor.
Baylor's 4x400-meter relay teams posted season-best efforts with solid times that will move each up the national lists. On the men's side, the squad of Justin Allen (46.33), James Gilreath (45.73), Drew Seale (45.87) and Zwede Hewitt (45.27) were nipped on the homestretch by Texas A&M to finish second with a season-best time of 3:03.40. For the women, Diamond Richardson (53.38), Nichols (52.56), Brittany OgunMokun (53.41) and Raena Rhone (52.81) combined for a fourth-place effort in 3:32.43.
In the field events, a pair of consistent performers on the women's side each collected runner-up finishes. Junior Skylar White narrowly missed the top of the awards stand in the discus, coming in six inches behind the winner with a toss of 177-11. Senior Jessica Ubanyionwu also added another all-conference honor in the triple jump in her final Big 12 Championship with a season-best leap of 43-3.
Along with Walker on the men's side, Baylor's sprinters piled up the points in the 200 and 400 meters. Finishing a 3-4-5 finish in the 200 meters, Heriot came in fourth at 20.79 and Prevost was fifth at 20.95. Heriot was also one of a trio to place in the top seven of the 400, taking fourth with a career-best 46.28. Hewitt was next at 46.32, followed by Allen in seventh at 47.02.
In the 400 meters on the women's side, Richardson led a pair of Lady Bears with a third-place finish in a season-best time of 52.81. Nichols picked up a seventh-place finish in the race with a time of 54.71.
Baylor's half-milers put on a solid show with OgunMokun on the women's side and Patrick Schoenball and Gilreath on the men's side. OgunMokun held on for a fourth-place finish at 2:07.22, while Schoenball and Gilreath were in a footrace with each other to the finish for third and fourth. Schoenball earned the bronze medal with a career-best time of 1:47.41, while Gilreath was one spot back in fourth at 1:47.75.
Junior Cate Westenhover and freshman Rachel Johnson each earned all-conference honors in the distance events for the women. Johnson, competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, stumbled and fell on the first lap, but fought her way back the entire race to come in fourth with an 11-second career-best of 10:45.06. Westenhover came in sixth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:44.
Baylor will be off next weekend, and then return to the track in Austin, Texas, for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds on May 24-26 at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The top 48 in each event will earn a trip to the preliminary rounds, where it will be pared down to 24 for the second round and then pared further to 12 that will earn a national championship berth.
All-Conference Performers (24 competitors; 39 honors)
Women (13 competitors; 20 honors)
Erin Atkinson (Hammer), Brittany Carr (4x100m Relay), Justine Charbonnet (4x100m Relay; Long Jump), Erin Hegarty (10,000m), Christina Holland (100H, 400H), Rachel Johnson (3,000 Steeplechase), Alyssa Nichols (400m; 4x100m Relay; 4x400m Relay), Brittany OgunMokun (800m; 4x400m Relay), Idia Omogiate (4x100m Relay), Raena Rhone (4x400m Relay), Diamond Richardson (400m; 4x400m Relay), Jessica Ubanyionwu (Triple Jump), Skylar White (Shot Put; Discus)
Men (11 competitors; 19 honors)
Justin Allen (400m; 4x400m Relay), James Gilreath (800m; 4x400m Relay), Blake Heriot (200m; 400m; 4x100m Relay), Zwede Hewitt (400m; 4x400m Relay), Whitney Prevost (200m; 4x100m Relay), Woodrow Randall (4x100m Relay), Philip Raaf (400H), Patrick Schoenball (800m), Drew Seale (4x400m Relay), Henry Vildosola (Decathlon), Everett Walker (100m; 200m; 4x100m Relay)
COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS (*Earned all-Big 12 honors)
2. Everett Walker (JR) - 10.12* (Season-best; New Baylor school record)
7. Christina Holland (JR) - 13.84*
4. Rachel Johnson (FR) - 10:45.06 (Career-best)*
6. Baylor (Omogiate, Nichols, Carr, Charbonnet) - 45.84*
2. Baylor (Walker, Prevost, Randall, Heriot) - 39.16* (Season-best; Ties No. 4 all-time at BU)
4. Baylor (Richardson, Nichols, OgunMokun, Rhone) - 3:32.43* (Season-best)
2. Baylor (Allen, Gilreath, Seale, Hewitt) - 3:03.40* (Season-best)
2. Skylar White (JR) - 177-11 [54.23m]*
12. Taylor Torres (SO) - 147-3 [44.89m] (Season-best)
18. Jasmine Adekoya (SO) - 133-5 [40.68m]
10. Desmine Hilliard (FR) - 171-3 [52.19m] (Career-best)