May 17, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - Baylor's track and field team had 15 athletes advance into running finals at the Big 12 Championships on Saturday at Fuller Track Stadium.
BU was led by five runners, who qualified for two finals each.
Freshman Trayvon Bromell qualified first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.09. Ninety minutes later Bromell produced a 20.77 to be the second qualifier in the 200 meters.
Teammate, Everett Walker was the only person to beat Bromell in the 200 meters, posting a season-best wind legal time of 20.74. Walker, a senior, also qualified fourth in the 100-meters with mark of 10.20.
Senior Blake Heriot gave BU three qualifiers in the 200-meters as he qualified seventh in 20.94 to close out the night. Two hours earlier, Heriot tallied a 46.83 in the quarter-mile to qualify fourth.
On the women's side, Ashley Fields ran season-best times in both the 100 and 200 meters to make both finals. At the shorter distance, the sophomore qualified sixth in 11.51, while posting the second-fastest time of the night, 23.11, in the 200 meters. Tiffani McReynolds will join Fields in the 100-meter dash final on Sunday as she had the fourth-fastest qualifying time at 11.32 in that event. In her specialty, the 100-hurdles, McReynolds notched a season-best time of 12.86 to be the fastest qualifier. That time was also the second-best in school history and a stadium record.
Kehri Jones will join Fields and McReynolds in the 100-meter dash as she qualified seventh in 11.57. Taije Jordan will be alongside McReynolds in the 100-hurdles final as she ran a 13.62 to take sixth.
The men's hurdle crew also had a strong day. Bryce Grace qualified fourth at the 110-hurdles distance with a time of 14.06, while TJ Holmes set a new collegiate best with a time of 50.91 to take second in the 400-meter hurdles.
Alyssa Nichols and Raena Rhone will represent the BU women in the 400 meters. Nichols was an automatic qualifier by taking second in her heat in 54.00, while Rhone qualified on time in 53.41.
Sophomore Isaiah Duke will join Heriot in the 400-meter final as he snagged the final qualifying spot with a time of 47.69.
The BU men and women will each have one runner in the 800-meter final as Brandon Moore was the final qualifier on the men's side in a collegiate best time of 1:50.83 and Olicia Williams qualified fourth for the women in 2:09.21.
Mariah Kelly will have a shot at an outdoor conference championship in the 1,500-meters as she qualified second in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:26.88.
In the field events, the Baylor women picked up big points from a pair of freshman. Cion Hicks threw a personal best of 50-6.75 [15.41m] in the shot put to take seventh. Meanwhile in the pole vault, Annie Rhodes placed third with a leap of 13-0.25 [3.97m].
Senior captain Henry Vildosola came up huge in the decathlon as he finished fourth with a personal-best point total of 7,344 points. He tied his personal-best in the 110-hurdles with a time of 15.58 and then set a new PR in the discus with a toss of 129-8 [39.53m]. Vildosola then closed out his day with a season-best in the 1,500 meters of 4:35.39 to secure the fourth-place finish. Vildosola's point tally is the second-best mark in school history and going into the weekend that mark would have been 16th nationally.
Hunter Brook, who struggled with injury throughout the competition finished eighth in the decathlon to earn his first All-Big 12 outdoor honor with a score of 4,193 points.
On the final day of the heptathlon competition, Jenna Pfeiffer moved from 10th to seventh place to earn the first All-Big 12 outdoor honor of her career. The sophomore notched a personal-best in the javelin to place second among the 11 competitors with a throw of 105-1 [32.04m]. That toss moved her into ninth heading into the final event of the competition, the 800-meter run. To close out the day, Pfeiffer scored another personal-best to take second in the 800-meters with a mark of 2:14.94. The PR time netted Pfeiffer 894 points and jumped her up to seventh place with a point total of 5,131, which was 515 points better than her previous best-mark set at last season's meet. .
Pfeiffer's teammate Jessica Shadley entered the day in sixth place and held onto eighth-place to score the second-straight all-conference accolade of her career. The senior tallied a personal-best of 2:19.49 to earn 830 points and keep her 36 points ahead of the ninth place finisher. Shadley's point total of 5,094 was also a personal best, edging the 4,913 points she scored in last season's Big 12 meet.
- With the bulk of Baylor's point projected to come on Sunday, the Baylor women are currently tied for sixth with 20 points, while the men are seventh with 10 points.
- By comparison, Baylor's 15 athletes, who qualified on Saturday are six more than it had qualify last season.
- Kehri Jones was one spot out of qualifying in the 200-meters with a personal-best time of 23.71 to be ninth.
- Maggie Montoya just missed qualifying for the 1,500 as she was ninth in 4:30.29
- Justine Charbonnet took 11th in the long jump with a leap of 18-8 [5.69m].
STAT OF THE DAY
3 - the number of athletes Baylor has who had the top qualifying time in their event on Saturday: Trayvon Bromell (100 meters), Everett Walker (200 meters) and Tiffani McReynolds (100 hurdles).
TOP QUOTE #1
"We had a good day. You're never perfect, but it was a good day. We had a lot of great performances. We haven't had too many big disappointments. Everybody that we thought had a chance to do well did. And we snuck in a couple more. It's been a good day." - head coach Todd Harbour on the second day of the Big 12 Championships
TOP QUOTE #2
"We've got a lot of chances to score some big points tomorrow. And our goal is to get over 100 points on both sides. And wherever that puts us . . . all you can do is all you can do. Our kids have battled really hard, though. We're just trying to get them all recovered now, so we can fight another day." - Harbour on what he expects out of his team on the final day of the conference meet
Baylor athletes will be back on Sunday for the final day of the Big 12 Track and Field Championships. Field events start at 11 a.m. and running events get underway at 5:30 p.m.
To stay current on all things Baylor Track, follow the team on Twitter: @BaylorTrack.
Total Qualifiers (15 individuals/20 events)
Women (8 individuals/10 events)
Ashley Fields (100m, 200m), Kehri Jones (100m), Taije Jordan (100 hurdles), Mariah Kelly (1500m), Tiffani McReynolds (100m, 100 Hurdles), Alyssa Nichols (400m), Raena Rhone (400m), Olicia Williams (800m)
Men (7 individuals, 10 events)
Trayvon Bromell (100m, 200m), Isaiah Duke (400m), Bryce Grace (110 Hurdles), Blake Heriot (200m, 400m), TJ Holmes (400 Hurdles), Brandon Moore (800m), Everett Walker (100m, 200m)
COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
(Q=qualified by heat finish or q = qualified by time for finals)
Note: preliminary places are based on way qualified, not necessarily on time.
4. Tiffani McReynolds (JR) - 11.32Q (season best)
6. Ashley Fields (SO) - 11.51Q (season best)
7. Kehri Jones (JR) - 11.57q
15. Justise Dayries (SO) - 11.92
1. Trayvon Bromell (FR) - 10.09Q (third fastest in school history)
4. Everett Walker (SR) - 10.20Q
11. Alex Reece (SO) - 10.59 (fastest wind legal time of season)
2. Ashley Fields (SO) - 23.11Q (season best)
9. Kehri Jones (JR) - 23.71 (personal best)
12. Justise Dayries (SO) - 24.09
1. Everett Walker (SR) - 20.74Q (fastest wind legal time of season)
2. Trayvon Bromell (FR) - 20.77Q
7. Blake Heriot (SR) - 20.94q
17. Alex Reece (SO) - 21.67
6. Alyssa Nichols (SR) - 54.00Q
8. Raena Rhone (JR) - 53.41q
16. Justine Charbonnet (SR) - 56.65 (personal best)
4. Blake Heriot (SR) - 46.83Q
8. Isaiah Duke (SO) - 47.69q
11. George Caddick (FR) - 47.76
12. Drew Seale (SR) - 47.79 (season best)
4. Olicia Williams (SO) - 2:09.21Q
11. Katie Grovatt (FR) - 2:14.36
16. Kristina Brown (SR) - 2:16.27
8. Brandon Moore (FR) - 1:50.83q (collegiate best)
22. Greg Bostick (SO) - 1:54.90
2. Mariah Kelly (SR) - 4:26.68Q
9. Maggie Montoya (FR) - 4:30.29
1. Tiffani McReynolds (JR) - 12.86Q (season-best, second-best in school history & stadium record)
6. Taije Jordan (SO) - 13.62Q
12. Dannielle Davis (JR) - 14.21
4. Bryce Grace (SO) - 14.06Q
15. Michelle Nwachukwu (SR) - 1:20.79
2. TJ Holmes (FR) - 50.91Q (collegiate best)
11. Justine Charbonnet (SR) - 18-8 [5.69m]
13. Dannielle Davis (JR) - 18-4.25 [5.59m]
3. Annie Rhodes (FR) - 13-0.25 [3.97m]
7. Cion Hicks (FR) - 50-6.75 [15.41m] (personal best & first All-Big 12 honor)
Heptathlon #5 - Long Jump
8. Jessica Shadley (SR) - 17-9.75 [5.43m] (season best)
9. Jenna Pfeiffer (SO) - 17-2 [5.23m]
Heptathlon #6 - Javelin Throw
2. Jenna Pfeiffer (SO) - 121-10 [37.14m] (personal best)
8. Jessica Shadley (SR) - 105-1 [32.04m] (season best)
Heptathlon #7 - 800 Meters
2. Jenna Pfeiffer (SO) - 2:14.94 (personal best)
6. Jessica Shadley (SR) - 2:19.49 (personal best)
Heptathlon Final Standings
7. Jenna Pfeiffer (SO) - 5,131 points (personal best & earns first All-Big 12 outdoor honor))
8. Jessica Shadley (SR) - 5,094 points (personal best & earns second straight All-Big 12 outdoor honor))
Decathlon #6 - 110m Hurdles
6. Henry Vildosola (SR) - 15.58 (ties personal best)
-- Hunter Brook (JR) - DNF
Decathlon #7 - Discus Throw
3. Henry Vildosola (SR) - 129-8 [39.53m] (personal best)
4. Hunter Brook (JR) - 118-10 [36.22m] (personal best)
Decathlon #8 - Pole Vault
3. Henry Vildosola (SR) - 15-0.75 [4.59m]
-- Hunter Brook (JR) - NH
Decathlon #9 - Javelin Throw
2. Henry Vildosola (SR) - 174-3 [53.11m]
7. Hunter Brook (JR) - 140-5 [42.79m]
Decathlon #10 - 1500m
3. Henry Vildosola (SR) - 4:35.39
-- Hunter Brook (JR) - DNF
Decathlon Final Standings
4. Henry Vildosola (SR) - 7,344 points (personal-best, 3rd straight All-Big 12 honor & 2nd-best in school history)
8. Hunter Brook (JR) - 4,193 points (Earns first All-Big 12 outdoor honor)