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Track Takes on NYC at New Balance Invite

Sophomore Gavyn Nero

Sophomore Gavyn Nero

Feb. 3, 2011

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WACO, Texas
– The Baylor track and field teams will make a cross-country trip to the “Big Apple” for the New Balance Invitational on Friday and Saturday in New York, N.Y., at The Armory Track and Field Center. The Bears make a return trip to NYC after a one-year hiatus.

With two meets in the books, Baylor has put itself in good position among the conference and national leaders with many top performances. Among the national descending order lists, BU has 14 combined marks, including relays, ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA.

Among the top marks on the men’s side, the traditional power 4x400-meter relay is ranked third after a second-place finish at the Razorback Invitational last weekend in a time of 3:07.88. Sprinters Marcus Boyd and Whitney Prevost each own individual top performances as well. Boyd is ranked second in the 400 meters (46.77) in the Big 12 and seventh nationally, while also ranking fifth in the league and 15th in the NCAA in the 200 meters.

Prevost, meanwhile, is eight in the conference in the 60 meters (6.73) and eighth nationally in the 200 meters (20.88). His 200-meter mark is third best in the Big 12. Also ranked among the best in the league for the men are Zwede Hewitt, who has the seventh-fastest time in the 400 meters of 47.41, and Gavyn Nero, who is third in the Big 12 in the 800 meters at 1:50.44. The Baylor men’s distance medley relay currently sits first in the conference with a time of 9:52.39 in a fifth-place finish at last weekend’s Razorback Invitational.

On the women’s side, sprinters Tiffany Townsend and Tiffani McReynolds, along with field event competitors Skylar White and Jessica Ubanyionwu, have posted some of the best marks in the NCAA. Townsend is ranked sixth nationally and third in the league in the 200 meters (23.21), while also ranking 12th nationally and third in the league in the 60 meters (7.35). McReynolds, on the other hand, is ranked 10th in the NCAA and first in the Big 12 with her school-record 60-meter hurdle time of 8.26 set at Arkansas.

White, who broke her own school record in the shot put the first week out at the Texas A&M Challenge, is ranked sixth in the NCAA and second in the Big 12 with her throw of 55 feet, 8.25 inches. Ubanyionwu, who added two feet to her season-best triple jump mark at Arkansas, now sits fourth nationally and second in the conference with a leap of 43-2.25.

In Baylor’s last trip to the New Balance Invite in New York City, the men captured the team title with 65 team points, out-dueling six of the nation’s top 10 teams. On the women’s side, Baylor finished second overall with 68 team points. Current Bears Tiffany Townsend and Marcus Boyd each earned victories at the meet, with Townsend taking the 200-meter title and Marcus Boyd running the second leg on BU’s winning 4x400-meter relay.

The action at The Armory is slated for Friday and Saturday, beginning with the college men’s 3,000 meters at 10:50 a.m. Field events will start at 11 a.m. on Friday with the women’s shot put.



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