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Track and Field Claims Five Big 12 Championships

LeJerald Betters won his third-straight Big 12 title in the 400 meters.

LeJerald Betters won his third-straight Big 12 title in the 400 meters.

May 18, 2008

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BOULDER, Colo. -

The Baylor men's and women's track and field teams claimed five conference championships on the third day of competition at the 2008 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Potts Field.

 

The men's team placed sixth overall with 72 points, while the women finished in a tie for seventh with 59 points. Colorado won the men's championship with 138 points, while Texas A&M claimed the women's title with 157 points.

 

Along with its five Big 12 titles, the Bears also had 21 athletes claim 22 All-Big 12 honors, including a team high four all-conference performances from Trey Harts.

 

"This was a great Big 12 meet for us," said head coach Todd Harbour. "We had so many people set personal-bests, and we had a lot of people that really stepped up for us. We had five Big 12 champions and three of our relays set season-best times."

 

The men's and women's teams swept the 4x400-meter relays to end the meet. The women posted a season-best time, while the men used two substitutes to claim their Big 12 title.

 

Katrina Taylor led off for the Lady Bears and split 53.9 seconds out of the blocks. Taylor got to the exchange zone first and handed off to Brittany Carr. After Carr got to the break in first place, Texas' Alexandria Anderson made a strong move down the backstretch to take the lead. Carr kicked over the last 150 meters, splitting 52.9 seconds to take the lead for Baylor.

 

Tiffany Townsend held the lead on the third leg for the Bears as Texas A&M made a move to get back into the race. Townsend made a strong charge down the homestretch to split 53.1 seconds and give Baylor a 20-meter lead over the Aggies. Carla Grace ran a smooth leg, splitting 52.0 seconds to hold off Jessica Beard, the open 400 meter champion, and give Baylor the win.

 

"Coming in I knew we had a chance to win," said Townsend. "In reality, I didn't know if we had enough confidence or if we believed in ourselves enough to do it. But we ran a really good race and had good runs on all four legs."

 

Baylor's time of 3:32.28 is the fastest time of the year for the Lady Bears, improving on their previous season-best time by almost four full seconds. Baylor clocked a time of 3:36.02 at Texas Relays to finish in fourth place behind Texas A&M.

 

Baylor wins its third outdoor 4x400-meter relay title, also winning in 1998 and 2006. The Lady Bears now have seven total conference titles in the 4x400-meter relay including indoor and outdoor championships.

 

The men's 4x400-meter relay won its 27th-straight race, with a winning time of 3:03.82. The Bears only ran two of their usual "A" team runners, as Harts and Iglehart-Summers were the only runners from Baylor's nation-leading time set at Texas Relays.

 

Marcus Boyd led off for Baylor, clocking a split of 46.5 seconds to hand off in a tie for first with Texas A&M. Harts was the second to the rail at the break, and trailed the Aggies for the first 350 meters. Harts made his kick over the final 150 meters, handing off in a tie with Texas A&M following a 46.2 seconds split.

 

Nick Robinson got out quickly for Texas A&M and built a 20 meter lead on J.T. Scheuerman down the backstretch. The Littleton, Colo. native made a strong push down the home stretch, splitting 45.5 seconds to pass off in a virtual dead heat with the Aggies. Texas A&M's Justin Oliver got through the exchange zone first, and Iglehart-Summers fell in two steps behind. Iglehart-Summers started his kick at the 200-meter mark and passed Oliver with 100 meters to go. With a split of 45.2 seconds, Iglehart-Summers took the lead for good, giving Baylor the win by almost a full second.

 

"It's good to win," said Iglehart-Summers. "I just thank God. We were all tired, but we ran well. We never come to lose, so we were very optimistic about winning. We were hurting, but I thank God for the boys I ran with today - they helped me out."

 

Baylor won its 11th-consecutive outdoor Big 12 Championship, and has now won 22 straight conference titles counting indoor and outdoor Big 12 meets.

 

"It feels amazing to win," said Scheuerman. "Having two guys from our `A' team not running today and still coming out with the win is incredible. It speaks volume about our team and the team work we have. We work hard every day."

 

LeJerald Betters won his third-straight title in the men's 400 meters. Betters won the outdoor championship last year on the way to being named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, and defended his title with a conference championship during the indoor season. His time of 45.01 is a new personal best, and ranks as the 10th-best in Baylor history.

 

Betters is the eighth-straight Baylor runner to win the 400 meter title. The Bears have also won 10 of the last 12 Big 12 championships in the 400 meters.

 

"I'm really happy to win the 400 meters again," said Betters. "I'm really excited because this was a personal best time for me. It's hard to breathe right now. The altitude helps some during the race, but you can feel it after the race."

 

Lauren Hagans won her first individual Big 12 title, clocking 2:05.32 in the women's 800 meters. The time is a personal-best for Hagans and ranks as the second-fastest time in Baylor history. Hagans got out slow through the first 200 meters, falling as far back as sixth place. The senior made the first of her moves through the second half of the first lap, pulling back into second place with 400 meters to go. Temeka Kincy of Texas picked up the pace over the next 200 meters, with Hagans right on her heels. Hagans kicked over the last 150 meters, and held off Kincy for the win.

 

"It feels great to win the Big 12 title," said Hagans. "I'm a senior so it was important to me. It was really hard because of the altitude. I'm not used to it, and I think it made a difference. I think I ran well, it was a PR, even at sea level so it was a great race for me."

 

With Nichole Jones' victory in the 800 meters last season, Baylor joins Texas (Liz Diaz, 1998-99) as the only school in Big 12 history to produce back-to-back champions in the 800 meters.

 

Robert Griffin clocked a personal-best time of 49.22 to win the men's 400-meter hurdles. Griffin, who graduated a year early from high school, was competing in just his fourth race of the season, following the completion of spring football practice. The time ranks as the third-fastest in Baylor history, and is the fourth-fastest time in the nation this year.

 

"It feels good," said Griffin. "Being a freshman - I graduated early from high school - I was actually supposed to run in a state meet a couple weeks ago. But, to come out here and win as a freshman is a big accomplishment. I just knew I could come out here and run fast. I hit the first hurdle, but after that I ran a clean race."

 

Baylor wins its first championship in the 400-meter hurdles since the Bears won five straight titles between 1999 and 2003.

 

In the 200 meters, Townsend clocked 22.75 to finish in sixth place overall. The time is a personal-best time for Townsend, and sets a new Baylor record in the event. The previous record of 22.87 was set by Lakadron Ivery at the NCAA Regionals in 2003.

 

The Baylor women's 4x100-meter relay set a new school record at 43.60 to finish in second place overall. Brittany Bruce, Grace, Carr and Townsend  top the previous school standard of 43.60 set  by Marquisha Sefas, Angel Perkins, Elizabeth Wilson and Ivery at the NCAA Regional in 2005.

 

Baylor returns to action on May 30-31 for the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Lincoln, Neb.

 

BIG 12 CHAMPIONS

LeJerald Betters - 400m

Robert Griffin - 400mh

Lauren Hagans - 800m

Katrina Taylor, Brittany Carr, Tiffany Townsend, Carla Grace - 4x400-meter relay

Marcus Boyd, Trey Harts, J.T. Scheuerman, Quentin Iglehart-Summers - 4x400-meter relay

 

ALL-BIG 12

Lyndsy Bedell - 10,000m

LeJerald Betters - 400m

Justin Boyd - 400mh

Marcus Boyd - 400m

Danielle Bradley - Steeplechase

Brittany Devereaux - Discus

Robert Griffin - 400mh

Lauren Hagans - 800m

Trey Harts - 100m

Trey Harts - 200m

Loren Hodges - 800m

Quentin Iglehart-Summers - 400m

Nichole Jones - 1,500m

Jacob Norman - 100m

Katrina Taylor - 400m

Courtney Thomas - 200m

Tiffany Townsend - 200m

Renae Van Wyhe - 5,000m

Brittany Bruce, Carla Grace, Brittany Carr, Tiffany Townsend - 4x100-meter relay

Marcus Boyd, J.T. Scheuerman, Courtney Thomas, Trey Harts - 4x100-meter relay

Katrina Taylor, Brittany Carr, Tiffany Townsend, Carla Grace - 4x400-meter relay

Marcus Boyd, Trey Harts, J.T. Scheuerman, Quentin Iglehart-Summers - 4x400-meter relay

 

SUNDAY RESULTS

 

Women's Events

 

200 Meters

1. Porscha Lucas (Texas A&M) - 22.29# R

6. Tiffany Townsend (Baylor) - 22.75# *

 

400 Meters

1. Jessica Beard (Texas A&M) - 51.09# R

4. Katrina Taylor (Baylor) - 53.24#

 

800 Meters

1. Lauren Hagans (Baylor) - 2:05.32#

8. Loren Hodges (Baylor) - 2:16.45

 

1,500 Meters

1. Sally Kipyego (Texas Tech) - 4:25.00#

4. Nichole Jones (Baylor) - 4:36.17

 

5,000 Meters

1. Sally Kipyego (Texas Tech) - 16:39.44#

6. Renae Van Wyhe (Baylor) - 17:36.91

13. Jessi Barnes (Baylor) - 18:22.75

 

3,000-Meter Steeplechase

1. Irene Kimaiyo (Texas Tech) - 10:15.43#

3. Danielle Bradley (Baylor) - 10:55.20#

 

4x100-Meter Relay

1. Texas A&M - 42.88# R

2. Baylor - 43.60# *

 

4x400-Meter Relay

1. Baylor - 3:32.28#

 

Discus

1. D'Andra Carter (Texas Tech) - 57.63m (189-01)#

3. Brittany Devereaux (Baylor) - 53.35m (175-00)#

 

Triple Jump

1. Yasmine Regis (Texas A&M) - 13.85m (45-05 ¼)#

9. Stasia Kelly-Taylor (Baylor) - 12.58m (41-03 ¼)#

 

Men's Events

 

100 Meters

1. Gerald Phiri (Texas A&M) - 10.03#

4. Trey Harts (Baylor) - 10.31#

7. Jacob Norman (Baylor) - 10.41#

 

200 Meters

1. Gerald Phiri (Texas A&M) - 20.29# R

3. Trey Harts (Baylor) - 20.39#

6. Courtney Thomas (Baylor) - 20.88#

 

400 Meters

1. LeJerald Betters (Baylor) - 45.01#

2. Quentin Iglehart-Summers (Baylor) - 45.46#

5. Marcus Boyd (Baylor) - 46.06#

 

400-Meter Hurdles

1. Robert Griffin (Baylor) - 49.22#

3. Justin Boyd (Baylor) - 49.77#

 

4x100-Meter Relay

1. Texas A&M - 38.85# R

2. Baylor - 39.37#

 

4x400-Meter Relay

1. Baylor - 3:03.82#

 

Javelin

1. Mike Cast (Texas A&M) - 65.10m (213-07)

9. Nick Lyons (Baylor) - 59.98m (196-09)

 

* - school record

# - NCAA Regional Qualifying mark

R - Big 12 meet record

^ - collegiate leader

w - wind-aided (legal)

w+ - wind-aided (not legal, > 4.0 m/s)


 

 

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