June 8, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - To close out the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Baylor men's 4x400-meter relay quartet finished sixth in a time of 3:04.84 to claim All-American honors in the event for the 24th time in the last 25 years on Saturday at Hayward Field.
Making its 33rd 4x400-meter finals appearance in the last 34 years, Baylor ran out of lane 2 with the lineup of Blake Heriot, Isaiah Duke, Joe Barb and Drew Seale.
Heriot got the Bears off to a strong start by handing the baton off to Duke in first with a time of 46.19. Duke then led the race through his first 100 meters, but as the field converged Duke got pinched back to fourth place. However, the freshman still turned in the fastest split of the day in 46.07.
On the third leg, Barb held the Bears in fourth with a split of 46.11, before handing it off to Seale. In his third NCAA Outdoor Championship race, Seale got passed with 250 meters remaining by Oregon and then was nipped at the line by Illinois to finish sixth with a split of 46.32.
"The men did about all they could," head coach Todd Harbour said. "They ran with their hearts and they competed hard. Blake put them in a good spot again. Isaiah earned his first All-American honor, so he did a great job and then Joe and Drew had a nice finish on it."
With the finish, the Baylor men earned three points and finished tied for 58th as a team at the championships. Baylor has scored in every NCAA Outdoor Championships since being shutout in 1977, a string of 36 straight years.
Heriot and Seale claimed their second outdoor All-American accolades, while Barb and Duke garnered the first outdoor honors of their career.
After taking fourth in the 4x400-meter relay at the Big 12 Championships a little over a month ago, Baylor was the top Big 12 at the national meet as TCU was the only other league team in the final and the Horned Frogs finished seventh.
"It was just one of those meets where not much went right for us," Harbour said. "We always want to do better when the end results are on the scoreboard. We've got to look to the future. We feel like we'll be a pretty good team next year on both sides. That's exciting, but this one still stings a little bit."
While Baylor wrapped up the team portion of its schedule on Saturday, select student-athletes will take part in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 20-23, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
6. Baylor (Heriot, Duke, Barb, Seale) - 3:04.84 (All-American)