June 9, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa
- The Baylor men's 4x100-meter relay earned All-America honors to lead the way on the final day at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
The sprint relay crew of Everett Walker, Whitney Prevost, Woodrow Randall and Blake Heriot combined to form one of two entries for BU on day, along with Jessica Ubanyionwu in the triple jump.
"We didn't have our best weekend, but we are very proud of the athletes we brought up here," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We've had a great year, and we just didn't hit this weekend. It wasn't for lack of effort, we were just a little bit off. At this meet, you can't do that, but I'm proud of the season they've had and they are a super group of young men and women."
In the men's relay, Baylor faced a tough field, but came up with a fifth-place finish in a time of 39.37. The time was the team's third-fastest of the season and earned each of the members All-America honors. It marks the second consecutive season that Baylor has cracked the awards stand in the event. It is also the fourth-career All-America honor for Prevost, third-career honor for Randall and first for both Walker and Heriot.
In the triple jump, Ubanyionwu only got within a foot of cracking the top nine needed to make the finals. Her best effort of the day came on her first jump of 41 feet, 10.75 inches, but she would have needed a leap of 43-0 to make the finals.
Baylor finished tied for tied for 49th on the men's side with four total points, while the Lady Bears were tied for 60th with two total points. Florida claimed the team title on the men's side with 50 points and LSU ran away with the women's title at 76 points. BU's finishes mark the first time since 2003 that neither team cracked the top 25 in the final team standings, a span of eight years.
With the collegiate season complete, Baylor's elite will stay in training and try for a shot at the United States Olympic Trials on June 22-30 in Eugene, Ore. Fields in each event will be announced in the coming weeks.