June 11, 2011
DES MOINES – Baylor’s track and field team had outstanding efforts from the men’s 4x400-meter relay team and Tiffany Townsend to cap the season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Baylor earned 10 All-America honors as a team with two each by Townsend (100m, 200m), Marcus Boyd (4x100m, 4x400m) and Zwede Hewitt (4x100m, 4x400m). Five Bears earned one All-America honor each, including Whitney Prevost and Woodrow Randall in the 4x100-meter relay, Drew Seale and Joe Barb in the 4x400-meter relay, and Nick Lyons in the javelin.
“This meet has just been incredible as a spectator, just an unbelievable track meet with some of the best competition in the world,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “You are always happy for the young people that competed well. We came in with higher expectations, so I think we underperformed a little bit. You don’t have to be off by much, but we’ll be back and ready to go next year.”
In the team races, Baylor finished 32nd on the men’s side with nine total points, while the women were 38th with seven total points. Texas A&M won the team championships on both sides.
On Saturday, Baylor’s 4x400-meter relay found itself in the middle of a tough battle with the team of Hewitt, Barb, Seale and Boyd. Hewitt opened with a 45.5 split to put Baylor in position, handing to Barb, who added a leg of 46.4. Seale took the third leg to hold Baylor in fourth place with a carry of 45.9, leaving it up to Boyd to make up nearly three seconds on the leader. Boyd ran the fastest split of any runner on any of the eight teams with a leg of 44.2, but finished fourth with a time of 3:02.07. The finish also marks the 23rd consecutive season Baylor’s 4x400-meter relay team has earned All-America honors.
“Our guys did an outstanding job in the 4x4 today,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “It was just a super effort out of them. I thought Marcus’ effort on the anchor leg, 44.2, was amazing. I am so proud of Tiffany (Townsend). She came out here on a mission today, and just went after it.”
Townsend capped off her record-breaking career in grand fashion, setting a new school 200-meter record and adding to her record haul of All-America certificates. Honored for the 17th time in her career on the NCAA awards stand, Townsend finished third at 22.58, a BU record and fourth-fastest time in the world this year.
The Killeen, Texas, native turned it on right from the start in one of the fastest finals ever in the event at the NCAA Championships. Running with two of the top-three fastest runners in the world this year, Townsend battled them to the finish in her final collegiate race.
“I’m happy with my performance,” Townsend said. “I finally got out. I ran the fastest I’ve ran ever, so I’m not disappointed with my race. Of course I wish I could have won, but there’s a time and place for everything. It just wasn’t my time, but I’m happy with it.
In the men’s 4x100-meter relay, Baylor’s group of Woodrow Randall, Whitney Prevost, Boyd and Hewitt combined for an All-America fifth-place finish. The crew didn’t have their best race of the season, but turned in an outstanding time of 39.22 to edge out Texas.
The finish marks the seventh time in program history that the men have earned All-America honors in the 4x100-meter relay, and second in the past four years. The 2008 version for Baylor included Marcus Boyd as a freshman and finished sixth at nationals.
The meet concludes the 2011 season for Baylor track and field team. A select group of Bears will compete in the USA and USA Junior Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 23-26 at Historic Hayward Field.
COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
Women’s 100 Meters – Finals
3. Tiffany Townsend (SR), 22.58 (New BU record; 17th-Career All-America honor)
2011 NCAA ALL-AMERICANS
Joe Barb (SO) – 4x400-meter relay
Marcus Boyd (SR) – 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay
Zwede Hewitt (JR) - 4x100-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay
Nick Lyons (SR) – Javelin
Whitney Prevost (JR) - 4x100-meter relay
Woodrow Randall (JR) – 4x100-meter relay
Drew Seale (SO) - 4x400-meter relay
Tiffany Townsend (SR) – 100 meters, 200 meters