June 10, 2011
DES MOINES – Baylor senior Tiffany Townsend earned her school-record 16th-career All-America award in the 100 meters on another rainy evening at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Townsend didn’t have her finest showing in the finals of the women’s 100 meters to earn an eighth-place finish with a time of 11.25. The Killeen, Texas, native did break Tony Miller’s all-time record of 15 career All-America awards with her finish.
“The men’s 4x4 ran well today and did a good job of getting the job done today,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “They have done a super job all year and there’s so much pride and tradition there that it’s neat to see how it lifts them up. It just wasn’t quite there for Tiffany (Townsend) today. I am proud of her and it’s a great accomplishment to get her the record for All-America certificates.”
With the thunderstorms also hitting the Des Moines area on Thursday night, Baylor’s 4x400-meter relays were pushed back and took place on Friday at 11 a.m. For the men, the squad of Zwede Hewitt, Joe Barb, Drew Seale and Marcus Boyd completed the qualifying task with a steady race to finish second in their heat and third overall.
Hewitt took the baton from the start with a 46.0 split, handing to the sophomore Barb, who was running in the same heat as his previous school Stephen F. Austin. Barb had one of his finest splits of the year at 46.1 before passing to fellow sophomore Seale, who turned in a 46.2, passed the baton to the anchor Boyd in third place. Boyd cruised up the backstretch and nailed the finish to get BU into an automatic qualifying spot with a 45.0 leg.
For the women, the reschedule of only the remaining third heat of the 4x400-meter relay from the Thursday night downpour forced Baylor to conserve Townsend for her three remaining races on the weekend. The team of Diamond Richardson, Brittany Bruce, Lizzy Whitney and Brittany OgunMokun put together a good effort, but fell short of qualifying for the final. The team finished 16th overall with a time of 3:35.79.
The Bears had more heartbreak in the women’s triple jump with junior Jessica Ubanyionwu finishing just a half-inch out of the final qualifying spot at 42-5.5 in 11th place. With fouls on her first two jumps, Ubanyionwu was forced to make sure she had a legal jump on her third, jumping from just behind the board.
Baylor faces the final day of the 2011 collegiate season on Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium. Baylor’s men will run in both relays with the 4x100 at 12:11 p.m. and the 4x400 at 1:50 p.m., while Townsend rounds out the Baylor competitors on the day in the 200 meters at 12:41 p.m. The meet will be televised live on CBS beginning at Noon.
COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
Women’s 100 Meters – Finals
8. Tiffany Townsend (SR), 11.25 (Earns 16th-career All-America honor)
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay – Semifinals
16. Diamond Richardson, Brittany Bruce, Lizzy Whitney, Brittany OgunMokun – 3:35.79
Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay – Semifinals
3. Zwede Hewitt, Joe Barb, Drew Seale, Marcus Boyd – 3:03.69Q (Qualified for Saturday’s final)
Women’s Triple Jump – Semifinals
11. Jessica Ubanyionwu (JR), 42-5.5 [12.94m]