June 13, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
Sophomore April Holliness claimed the second All-America honor for the Baylor women's track and field team Friday at the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships at Sacramento State's A.G. Spanos Sports Complex.
A 2002 indoor long jump All-American, Holliness recorded a leap of 21-0 ? on her first attempt of the night to make the final cut. That first jump ended up being the farthest of the competition for the Duncanville, Texas, native. With her second-longest jump of the season, Holliness finished fifth to earn her first outdoor All-America honor.
"I think I did well compared to the rest of the season," Holliness said. "I was hoping to get in another good jump, but everything happens for a reason. I'm just happy that I was able to get a good jump off."
Junior Jordan Willmann competed in the first four events of the heptathlon today. The school recordholder in the event, she cleared a career-best height of 5-8 ? in the high jump. She also clocked a time of 14.47 in the 100-meter hurdles and a 25.94 in the 200. With a shot put distance of 35-8 ?, she finished the day in eighth place with 3,206 points. Willmann will finish with the long jump, javelin and 800 on Saturday.
"We're all delighted for April," head coach Clyde Hart said. "And, Jordan Willmann is in a good position. She needs to stay close going into the 800 to make it into the Top 8."
The only competitor on the men's side on Day Three was Darold Williamson in the semifinals of the 400-meter dash. He clocked a time of 45.69, which was just shy of qualifying for the finals. The three-time All-American finished ninth overall.
"He didn't execute his race," Hart said of Williamson's performance. "There's been a lot of people here that that has happened to."
The women's team is in 23rd place with five points entering the final day of the Championships on Saturday. They hope to improve as Willmann finishes up the heptathlon. On the men's side, the 4x400 relay will compete for its 23rd-consecutive All-America honor.