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Track Earns Three Big 12 Titles

Erin Bedell won the women's 1,500 meter title.

May 17, 2009

Complete Results

LUBBOCK, Texas - Erin Bedell won the women's 1,500 meters and Baylor swept the men's and women's 4x400-meter relays on the final day of competition at the 2009 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track.

"I am extremely proud of both of our teams," said head coach Todd Harbour. "We had some adversity before we left Waco and we had a little more adversity once we got here, but we have an amazing group of young people who pushed through and overcame it."

The men's team finished seventh overall with 54 team points, while the women's squad took fourth with 84 points. The women's finish ties for the third-highest place in Big 12 Championship history. The Lady Bears finished second in 1999 and third in 1998, and recorded fourth-place finishes in 2005 and 2002.

"Our men had a great effort and I am so proud of our ladies," said Harbour. "I didn't think that we had the potential to be a Top 4 team at the conference meet, but we had some super performances this weekend. Now we will try to get healthy and get ready for our next championship at the Midwest Regional."

The men's 4x400-meter relay won the Big 12 outdoor title for the 12th-straight year with a time of 3:04.93. The Bears run their streak of Big 12 titles to 24 straight including indoor and outdoor meets. Baylor also extended its 4x400-meter relay winning streak to 41 straight wins over collegiate competition.

Baylor entered the event's final race without the services of NCAA champions Marcus Boyd and LeJerald Betters, who did not compete this weekend due to injuries. Zwede Hewitt opened the race with a 46.4-second split out of the blocks, opening up a 10-meter lead over Texas A&M and Texas Tech at the first exchange. Michael Liggins got out quickly to the break, extending the lead to as much as 15 meters over the Aggies after Texas Tech dropped the baton at the first exchange. Liggins closed strong with a 46.4-second split.



J.T. Scheuerman held the lead for the Bears, splitting 46.1 seconds, keeping the lead over Texas A&M to 10 meters. Quentin Iglehart-Summers held off Texas A&M's Justin Oliver over the first 200 meters, but Oliver made a move with 150 meters to go. Oliver took the lead briefly, but Iglehart-Summers made a strong kick, splitting 45.6 seconds to secure the win.

"We came here with two guys short with Marcus (Boyd) and LeJerald (Betters) out, so there was a little pressure," said Hewitt. "Some teams would have probably counted us out I'd say, but not these guys. We came here determined, gave 100 percent and came out victorious."

The women's 4x400-meter relay defended its Big 12 title from 2008, clocking a time of 3:33.66, just seven-hundredths off its season-best time from Texas Relays.

Katrina Taylor led off with a 53.2-second split, putting Baylor well into the lead after 400 meters. Tiffany Townsend, running her fourth race of the day and sixth race of the weekend, split 53.4 to keep Baylor out in front at the midway point.

Brittany Bruce, who set a personal-best time of 54.69 in the 400-meter preliminaries on Saturday, split 53.3 seconds on the third leg, holding the Baylor lead at 10 meters. Diamond Richardson got the baton with a 10-meter cushion on Texas and held the lead through the first 200 meters. Texas's Stacey-Ann Smith made a move with 150 meters to go, pulling level with Richardson, but the Baylor freshman made a strong kick with 50 meters to go, spitting 53.3 seconds to give Baylor the win by nearly two seconds.

"It feels great," said Taylor. "This is my last year, so it was wonderful. Our team really pulled through, we had a lot of events and we just executed and came out on top. Everybody had qualified for races previously, so as long as we ran our race, we knew we could win. Just execution - we knew it would go great."

Bedell won the women's 1,500 meters with a time of 4:22.03 to finish two full seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Bedell claims her second individual Big 12 title after winning the indoor 3,000 meters during the 2006 season.

"It feels really good to win," said Bedell. "It's a huge honor to be a Big 12 champion because there are so many great athletes. I just tried to stay relaxed and run my own race. Now I just need to take care of myself and prepare for the next level."

Trey Harts and Tiffany Townsend led the Bears with four All-Big 12 honors apiece. Both ran legs on the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays as well as the 100 and 200 meters. Harts took second in the 100 meters with Townsend finishing third overall. Townsend finished second to Texas A&M's Porsha Lucas in the 200 meters by one-hundredth of a second, while Harts took third overall in the 200 meters.

The women's 4x100-meter relay finished second to Texas A&M with a time of 43.85, the third-fastest time in school history. The men's squad also finished second behind the Aggies with a time of 39.56.

DeAna Carson, who finished second in the long jump on Saturday afternoon, clocked a time of 13.72 in the women's 100-meter hurdles to finish third overall.

Nick Lyons finished second overall in the men's javelin with a best throw of 62.55m (205-02). Lyons needed a throw of 197 feet on his third throw to make the event finals, and was sitting in seventh position heading into the last round before his final throw moved him into second place.

Danielle Bradley finished second to Olympian Jenny Barringer in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:29.37.

Taylor took third in the women's 400 meters with a personal-best time of 52.75. Richardson took fifth in 53.84, while Bruce finished seventh in 55.10.

Baylor returns to action in two weeks as the Bears travel to Norman, Okla. on May 28-30 for the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Erin Bedell - 1,500 meters
Taylor, Townsend, Bruce, Richardson - 4x400-meter relay
Hewitt, Liggins, Scheuerman, Iglehart-Summers - 4x400-meter relay

Erin Bedell - 1,500 meters
Danielle Bradley - 3,000-meter steeplechase
Brittany Bruce - 400 meters
DeAna Carson - long jump
DeAna Carson - 100-meter hurdles
Chris Gowell - 1,500 meters
Trey Harts - 100 meters
Trey Harts - 200 meters
Quentin Iglehart-Summers - 400 meters
Nichole Jones - 800 meters
Nick Lyons - javelin
Whitney Prevost - 100 meters
Diamond Richardson - 400 meters
Katie Shaw - 10,000 meters
Katrina Taylor - 400 meters
Tiffany Townsend - 100 meters
Tiffany Townsend - 200 meters
Jessica Ubanyionwu - triple jump
Carson, Townsend, Hood, Gregory - 4x100-meter relay
Gordon, Prevost, Thomas, Harts - 4x100-meter relay
Taylor, Townsend, Bruce, Richardson - 4x400-meter relay
Hewitt, Liggins, Scheuerman, Iglehart-Summers - 4x400-meter relay

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