May 24, 2012
Freshman Patrick Schoenball raced his way to a heat win in the 800 meters.
AUSTIN, Texas – Baylor’s track and field team had thrower Skylar White punch her ticket to the NCAA Championships and 10 of its 13 entries qualify for the second round on the first day of action at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas.
“I thought we had a really good day on the track,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “We are proud of Skylar for earning a spot in the NCAAs. She’s been so consistent for us, and that’s a big accomplishment. I’m excited for tomorrow with the amount we had qualify today.”
White managed her way to the NCAA Championship Finals site in the women’s shot put. The DeSoto, Texas, native turned in a toss of 54-3.75 to comfortably make the top 12 in sixth overall. The berth marks the third straight year White will compete at the NCAA finals site.
On the track, Baylor’s sprint and middle distance crew had a to make the top 27 in each of their events to qualify for the second round, which will take place tomorrow for those events with first rounds scheduled for today. In events from 100 meters up to 800 meters, including the hurdles, runners could qualify for the second round by finishing in the top three of one of their six heats or finish as one of the next nine fastest times. In second round, competitors will be looking for a top-12 finish needed to make the NCAA finals site.
Baylor’s half-milers had a spectacular day, qualifying all three on the men’s side and its only entry on the women’s side. Freshman Patrick Schoenball showed a huge kick to out-lean two others for a victory in the second heat with a time of 1:50.68. In the same heat, Gavyn Nero finished fifth, but his time was fast enough to qualify him for the second round at 1:51.28. In the third heat, senior James Gilreath was edged out of a tight pack, but also was fast enough to qualify at 1:50.68. For the women, Brittany OgunMokun made a strong charge from fifth to third in her heat of the 800m to earn an automatic qualifying spot at 2:07.78.
Junior Christina Holland was the first on the track to qualify for Baylor, turning in a solid time of 58.62 to place second in her heat and earn an automatic qualification. The time placed Holland ninth overall on the day.
Junior Everett Walker cruised through his heat of the 100 meters, winning it with a time of 10.28. His time was the fifth fastest of the day and puts him through to the second round tomorrow. Senior Woodrow Randall, who has been battling injuries during the outdoor season, got back into form with a qualifying run of 10.42. His time was 25th-best overall.
In the 400 meters, Blake Heriot passed four runners on the homestretch to finish second in his heat with a time of 46.97 and qualify for the second round automatically. Four heats later, senior Zwede Hewitt became the second Bear to qualify in the 400, placing third in his heat with a time of 47.11. Overall, Heriot’s time was the 11th fastest, while Hewitt’s was the 18th fastest.
Baylor will be back on the track at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday for the second day of the three-day NCAA West Preliminary Rounds competition. Field events begin at 11 a.m., and running events are set to start at 5 p.m.
COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
Q or q = Advanced to Second Round
** = Advanced to NCAA Finals site
6. Skylar White (JR) – 54-3.75 [16.55m]**