Jan. 23, 2014
WACO, Texas - For the first time, Baylor's track and field teams will compete at the University of Kentucky's Rod McCravy Memorial meet on Friday and Saturday at Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky.
"We had a good opener last week," head coach Todd Harbour said. "This is the first time we are going to Kentucky and that makes it a great opportunity for us. We will be competing against some new people and a lot of quality teams. We will also get a chance to be on an over-sized track, which will help us as we continue to get ready for the conference meet."
Along with the Baylor men and women, Kentucky will host athletes from Alabama, Cincinnati, Florida, , Illinois, Miami, Missouri, Ohio State, Tennessee, Oregon and Virginia.
In total, Baylor has 44 athletes slated to compete with 25 women and 19 men on the first plane trip of the year.
The meet is scheduled to begin with multi-events at 9 a.m. CT on Friday. Field events begin at 2 p.m. with running events slated for a 2:30 p.m. start. Saturday's action begins with the heptathlon 60-meter hurdles at 9 a.m. with field and running events starting at 11 a.m.
Last weekend, Baylor men's and women's teams both placed second at the Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational. Baylor got event wins at that meet from its women's distance medley relay team, Rachel Johnson in the mile and Erin Atkinson in the weight throw. The Bears also had 10 runner-up finishes over the course of the two-day meet.
On the men's side, the Bears were ranked 18th in the preseason USTFCCCA rankings. In the first meet of the year, the Bears recorded four performances that are currently ranked in the top 20 nationally. Freshman Trayvon Bromell clocked the eighth-fastest time in 60-meter dash with a mark of 6.66 to place second. Blake Heriot recorded the 16th-best 200-meter time of 21.30. Freshman George Caddick has the seventh-fastest 400-meter time, placing second in the Texas A&M meet in 46.73. BU's 4x400-meter relay crew (Blake Heriot, Karrie Butler, Isaiah Duke and Caddick) is currently eighth in the country with a time of 3:08.99.
Baylor's women are currently ranked just outside the top 25 at No. 26. The Lady Bears boast five top-20 performers after the first week of competition. Individually, Raena Rhone (54.89) is 16th in the 400 meters. With Rhone running the anchor leg, Baylor's 4x400-meter relay team (Michelle Nwachukwu, Alyssa Nichols, Tiffani McReynolds and Rhone) owns the country's 17th-best mark at 3:42.82. The distance medley relay crew (Maggie Montoya, Katie Grovatt, Mariah Kelly and Rachel Johnson) is third in the country with a time of 11:35.49. After setting a school record last weekend, freshman Annie Rhodes is 19th-nationally in the pole vault with a leap of 13-2.5 [4.03m]. Meanwhile, senior Erin Atkinson is 15th in the weight throw with a heave of 65-1.5 [19.85m].
A live web stream of the Rod McCravy meet and live results can be accessed on BaylorBears.com with a full recap to follow each day of competition.
Following the trip to Kentucky, the Bears will take next week off, before heading back to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational on Feb. 7-8.
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