Jan. 28, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Baylor's track and field team will join forces with Texas A&M and Texas to take on three schools from the Pac-10 and three more from the SEC in the Texas A&M Challenge in the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas.
The meet, which features eight ranked men's teams and six ranked women's teams, will score the three conference against each other. The top eight places in each event, including a heptathlon and pentathlon, will be scored.
The Big 12 representation brings four ranked teams with Texas A&M's women ranked No. 1 and men ranked No. 4, while Baylor is ranked 10th on the men's side and 16th on the women's side. All three school from the SEC have both the men and women ranked. Florida's men are No. 3, while the women are No. 9. Arkansas brings the a seventh-ranked men's team and a 10th-ranked women's team, and South Carolina's men are 15, while the women are 11th. Oregon leads the way for the Pac-10 schools with both teams ranked No. 2 in the NCAA, while Stanford's men are 17th and Washington State's men are 21st.
Baylor enters the meet after competing at the Razorback Invitational at Arkansas, and will be making its third trip to Texas A&M this season. Baylor has four individual and one relay provisional qualification so far this season. All-American Tiffany Townsend has met standards in the 60 meters (7.36) and 200 meters (23.37).
Defending 200-meter indoor national champion Trey Harts ran the second fastest time in the NCAA last weekend in the 200 with a time of 21.07. All-American Chris Gowell owns the fastest time in the NCAA in the 800 meters with a 1:48.87 run in December at Texas A&M's Reveille Invitational. Baylor's defending indoor champion 4x400-meter relay also met provisional standards on two occasions this season, with its best time of 3:07.78 at the Razorback Invitational. That time stands as the fourth fastest in the NCAA.
Meet action is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday evening with the heptathlon and pentathlon, as well as the finals for the distance medley relay and the 5,000 meters. On Saturday, the meet will start at 11 a.m. with the completion of the heptathlon. Running events begin with prelims at 12:30 p.m. and finals starting at 2 p.m.