Jan. 26, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- With just one meet under its belt, Baylor's track and field team is headed to test its standing against elite competition at the Razorback Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
The meet features nine top-25 men's teams and eight top-25 women's teams, including men's No. 1 Arkansas and women's No. 2 LSU. On the men's side, Baylor will also face competitors from No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Florida State, No. 5 Texas, No. 7 Stanford, No. 10 Arizona, No. 13 Oklahoma, No. 17 Iowa and No. 23 Georgia. Baylor's 16th-ranked women will be in a group that also includes No. 9 Florida State, No. 12 Arizona, No. 13 Georgia, No. 19 Oklahoma, and No. 24 Stanford. Teams from Oklahoma State, TCU and SMU will also be in the field.
Baylor will be on the track for just the second time in 2012, and bring in a total of eight marks that rank in the top 20 nationally. Six of those eight marks are on the women's side, including the Lady Bears' Skylar White, who has the sixth-best shot put mark in the nation of 54 feet, 5.5 inches.
Sophomore defending Big 12 hurdle champ Tiffani McReynolds has the league's best mark to date and ranks 11th in the NCAA in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.35. Freshman Rachel Johnson is 19th in the NCAA in the 3,000 meters at 9:31.60 and senior Jessica Ubanyionwuis 13th in the NCAA with a triple jump mark of 41-4.25.
In the women's relays, Baylor's distance medley team of Mariah Kelly, Lizzy Whitney, Midori Starks and Cate Westenhover is ninth nationally at 11:50.22. The 4x400-meter team of Raena Rhone, Brittany OgunMokun, Michelle Nwachukwu and Diamond Richardsonis 20th in the NCAA with a time of 3:41.38.
On the men's side, sophomore Blake Heriot put himself in the nation's top 20 in his first meet at Baylor with a win at Texas A&M and the nation's 16th-fastest time in the 400 meters. Heriot also ran the leadoff leg of Baylor's 12th-ranked 4x400-meter relay team (3:11.55) of Dennis Scruggs, Drew Seale and Zwede Hewitt.
Competition is set to begin on Friday with the first events of the pentathlon and heptathlon at Noon, followed by field events at 3 p.m. and running events at 6:30 p.m.