Jan. 31, 2013
WACO, Texas - For the first time this season, members of the Baylor track and field team will be competing in two separate meets on the same weekend this Friday and Saturday.
One group of Bears will travel to the 38th-annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., and a smaller group will take part in Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Ind.
"We are still very early in our season and we hope to continue to see some improvement this weekend," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We are making progress, but we just have to have that trend continue."
Individually, Baylor has eight event marks that are among the top-20 in the country with six of those being in the top-10. As a team, the Baylor women are listed at No. 18 in the latest USTFCCCA Indoor Track & Field Rankings, while the BU men moved up 37 places to No. 36 this week.
Tiffani McReynolds has won the 60-meter hurdle title at both the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational and the Razorback Invitational this spring. Her winning time of 8.10 in Arkansas is the second-ranked mark in the country. For her efforts at the Razorback event, McReynolds was named the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.
Felix Obi, fresh off setting the school record in the triple jump last weekend, owns the nation's fourth best mark (52-4.5).
Everett Walker holds the fourth-best time in the 200-meters, after winning the event at the Razorback Invitational in 20.81. He also has the 20th-fastest time in the NCAA in the 60-meter dash by twice running a 6.70.
Blake Heriot set a personal-best at the Razorback Invitational and is tied for 16th in the country with a time of 47.25 in the 400-meters. Heriot is the leadoff leg for BU's ninth-ranked 4X400-meter relay team, which also includes Isaiah Duke, Richard Gary and Drew Seale. The group's best time this year was 3:10.48 at the Razorback Invitational.
At Nebraska, Baylor will face 24 other Division I teams during the two-day meet at the Devaney Center, including 2012 men's NCAA indoor and outdoor champion Florida. The Gators are currently ranked second on the men's side with their women ranked seventh. Other ranked teams at the meet include Auburn (9th/24th), the ninth-ranked University of Central Florida women, the 14th-ranked Wisconsin men, the 18th-ranked Kansas State men and the 21st-ranked Oklahoma State men.
The men's and women's combined events will start the action on Friday at 11:30 a.m., while the men's weight throw will be the first field event at 5 p.m. and the first running event will be at 6 p.m. with the women's 60-meter hurdle prelims. The heptathletes will be first again on Saturday at 10 a.m., while both the field and running events will start at Noon.
At Notre Dame, a select group of runners will represent Baylor. The meet is set to start at 4 p.m. on Friday and resume again on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame's Loftus Center.
"By going to Notre Dame we are just trying to get as many of our athletes qualified for nationals as we can," Harbour said. "Notre Dame is one of the meets where people go to run their distance medley relay team, so we will have some great competition there."
Last weekend, at the Razorback Invitational, the Baylor men finished tied for sixth with 56 points and with 30 points the BU women tied for ninth. McReynolds (60 hurdles) and Walker (200-meters) won BU's two-event titles.
Following this weekend's meets, Baylor will return to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 8-9.
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