June 11, 2004
AUSTIN, Texas -
Baylor sophomore Jeremy Wariner (Grand Prairie, Texas) and junior Darold Williamson (San Antonio, Texas) each won their heats in the 400 meters to advance to the finals Friday at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by the University of Texas at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Wariner, who has the fastest time in the country, clocked a 45.03, the second-fastest qualifying time. Williamson, who has the second-fastest time behind Wariner, won his heat in 45.82 to qualify automatically, but with only seventh-best time on the night.
"I knew it was going to be tough out of lane nine with (Minnesota's) Mitch Potter in my heat," Wariner said. "Coach (Clyde) Hart just told me to watch my lane so I didn't get disqualified, because I have a tendency to run on the edge. I felt good on the first 200 even with a tough wind, then I heard Darold tell me to pick it up. I just listened to Darold and I saw Mitch behind behind me so I took it in. I had a great time even though I slowed up at the finish."
"Darold had a great finish, but he didn't get out too well. This just wasn't his day, it's been tough with the bad rain making the track wet. It's taken some time to get used to, but we'll both be ready tomorrow."
Junior Danielle Myricks (Willingboro, N.J.) ran a season-best 58.06 to finish fourth and 12th overall in her heat in the 400 meter hurdles, so she did not qualify for the finals.
The Bears will compete in two finals when the championships conclude on Saturday, Wariner and Williamson in the 400 meters, then the 4x400 meter relay.