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Track and Field Heads North To Razorback Invitational

Blake Heriot

Jan. 24, 2013

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WACO, Texas - After taking a week off from competition, Baylor's track and field team will dive back into its indoor season against a talented field at the Razorback Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.

"With the first meet out of the way, I think our team is ready to have some pretty significant improvement across the board," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We have had a week of training and should be a much better team this week. This is a great meet with a great field and we are really looking forward to it."

Over the course of the two-day event, BU will be up against 10 other teams, three of which hail from the Big 12 Conference (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas).

On the men's side the meet features six top-25 teams, including No. 1 Arkansas, No. 3 Florida, No. 6 LSU, No. 11 Texas, No. 13 Arizona and No. 21 Florida State. Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will also have athletes in action.

The women's field boasts eight ranked teams with No. 5 Arkansas leading the way. The host Razorbacks also welcome No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Florida, No. 12 Arizona, No. 13 Texas, No. 16 Georgia, No. 17 Baylor, No. 21 Nebraska as well as Florida State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to the event.

Baylor will be on the track for just the second time in 2013, but the Bears already have a total of seven marks that rank in the top 20 nationally.

Five of those seven marks are on the men's side, but the highest ranking comes from junior Tiffani McReynolds. Her winning 60-meter hurdle time at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational of 8.22 is fifth-best in the country. Her teammate, Skylar White, also holds a top-10 mark with a shot put throw of 55 feet, 0.75 inches, which is sixth nationally.

On the men's side, senior Everett Walker has top-20 times in both the 60-meters (6.70, T15th) and the 200-meters (21.25, 17th). Junior Blake Heriot earned himself a spot in the nation's top 20 with a time of 47.52 in the 400-meters, which is the nation's 17th-fastest time. Heriot also ran the anchor leg of Baylor's ninth-ranked 4x400-meter relay team (3:11.77), which also includes Justin Allen, Isaiah Duke and Drew Seale.

Last time out, Baylor finished second in both the men's and women's team competitions at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational in College Station, Texas, on Jan. 12, while capturing five event wins.

Last year at the Razorback Invitational, BU set two schools records as Erin Atkinson posted a new mark in the weight throw and Hunter Brook set the top mark in the heptathlon.

Competition at the Razorback Invitational will begin on Friday with the first events of the pentathlon and heptathlon at 1 p.m., followed by field events at 4 p.m. and running events at 6 p.m. Field events will resume on Saturday at 11 a.m. with running events beginning at noon. will have a recap with complete results from each day of competition. For updates on this weekend's meet as well as the track team throughout the season follow @BaylorTrack on Twitter.



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