May 29, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - On the first day of the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, Baylor had seven student-athletes qualify for the second round in six events on Thursday at John McDonnell Field.
In the 100-meter dash, both of Baylor's men's participants advanced automatically. Freshman Trayvon Bromell won his heat and had the second-fastest qualifying time overall with a 10.18. Meanwhile, senior Everett Walker advanced to Friday's 6:30 p.m. quarterfinals as well by taking third in his heat with a time of 10.33. On the women's side, junior Tiffani McReynolds produced a time of 11.73 to be third in her heat and 20th overall to be an auto-qualifier for Friday's quarterfinals at 6:45 p.m.
Freshman TJ Holmes opened the day by running the second-fastest qualifying time and the second-fastest time of his career to advance out of the first-round of qualifying by winning his heat in 50.35. He will run in the event quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Senior Mariah Kelly closed strong to win her heat of the 1,500 meters in 4:22.14 and earn an automatic spot into Saturday's event quarterfinals at 6:45 p.m.
Junior Raena Rhone had a close call in the 400-meters. She took fifth in her heat with a time of 53.48 and was forced to wait for the other heats to finish, before learning she would advance on time. Overall, she had the 21st overall time and will be trying to advance to the nationals on Friday at 6:15 p.m.
To close the night, Baylor had its closest call of the day with sophomore Olicia Williams taking fourth in her heat of the 800 meters in a time of 2:08.67. By not being in the top three finishers in the heat, Williams had to wait for the final heat to be run to find out she had advanced on time with the 20th-fastest mark. Williams will take part in the next round on Friday at 7:15 p.m.
- Freshman Cion Hicks was 39th in the shot put with a throw of 47-10 [14.58m]
- Freshman Annie Rhodes tied for 27th in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-9 [3.89m]
- Senior Blake Mayberry placed 24th in the javelin with a throw of 203-8 [62.08m]
STAT OF THE DAY
7 - the number of times Trayvon Bromell has run under 10.20 in the 100-meter dash in 2014. BU had just six other performances sub-10.20 in its history before 2014.
TOP QUOTE #1
"It was a typical track meet with some good and some not so good. The sprints definitely went well. Some of our top-seeded ones coming in got through, although it wasn't pretty in some cases. This meet is all about fighting and getting through to the next round and I thought we had some people do that today." - head coach Todd Harbour on the first day of the NCAA West Preliminary Championships
TOP QUOTE #2
"In the pole vault, Annie is just a freshman and I know she is disappointed. That was a tough one for her. However, she will be back. All three of our freshman ladies, Annie, Cion Hicks and Maggie Montoya that didn't make it will all be back. Blake had a shot and he was disappointed being a senior. He has had a great two years for us, so I am really proud of Blake." - Harbour on the field events
Baylor athletes will be back on Friday at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships at 5 p.m. Bryce Grace will lead things off for the Bears on the track by taking part in the 110-hurdles, while triple jumpers Brianna Richardson and Kaitlin West compete at 5 p.m. as well.
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COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
Q or q = Advanced to Second Round
** = Advanced to NCAA Finals site
21. Raena Rhone (JR) - 53.48q
43. Alyssa Nichols (SR) - 55.55
20. Olicia Williams (SO) - 2:08.67q
47. Kristina Brown (SR) - 2:15.65
8. Mariah Kelly (SR) - 4:22.14Q
32. Maggie Montoya (FR) - 4:26.31