Feb. 6, 2014
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WACO, Texas - After taking last weekend off from competition, the Baylor track and field team will return to action by competing in the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational on Friday and Saturday in College Station, Texas.
"This is a quality meet with a really, really good field," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We'll jump into the fire again and have a bunch that are ready to go. We got a lot of good things accomplished at Kentucky. However, we want to improve our standing nationally as a team and individually."
The event held at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium will be Baylor's second of the season in College Station, after the BU men and women both placed second at the Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational to open the indoor season on Jan. 17-18.
Baylor is slated to have 64 athletes in action, including 36 women and 28 men. The Bears will face athletes from host school Texas A&M as well as Arizona State, Houston, LSU, TCU, Tennessee, UCLA and UTEP.
Action gets underway on Friday with the beginning of the heptathlon competition at 2:30 p.m. The distance medley relay will be run at 6:30 p.m. and the 5,000-meter run will close out the night at 7:25 p.m. On Saturday, the conclusion of the heptathlon starts at 11 a.m. with running events starting at 12:30 p.m. and field events getting underway at 1 p.m. Running event finals begin at 2 p.m.
Entering the weekend, Baylor's women are ranked No. 21 in the country. Tiffani McReynolds holds the third-best time nationally in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 8.05. Triple jumper Brianna Richardson is tied for third-best leap in the country at 43-0.5 [13.12m]. The women's 4x400-meter team of Alyssa Nichols, Olicia Williams, Michelle Nwachukwu and Raena Rhone are 16th, while the DMR crew of Mariah Kelly, Rhone, Williams and Maggie Montoya are 13th.
Meanwhile, three Lady Bears are also leading the conference, including Alex Davis in the 5,000 meters, McReynolds in the 60-hurdles and Richardson in the triple jump.
The BU men are 24th in the latest USTFCCCA poll. The Bears have been led by sophomore Felix Obi, who posted the second-best triple jump (53-2.75 [16.22m]) in the country this season. Freshman Trayvon Bromell owns the country's 13th-fastest 60-meter time at 6.65, while fellow freshman George Caddick has the 19th-best 400-meter mark at 46.73. Currently, the men's 4x400-meter relay team of Blake Heriot, Karrie Butler, TJ Holmes and Caddick are sitting ninth in the country.
Three Bears are currently leading the Big 12 in their respective events, including Obi in the triple jump, Caddick in the 400 meters and Matt Galvin in the 5,000 meters.
The Bears will also get sophomore sprinter Richard Gary back, after he missed the season's first two meets with injury.
Last time out, Baylor spent two days at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet in Lexington, Ky. In that meet Obi set the school record in the triple jump and for his efforts earned Big 12 Athlete of the Week honors.
Following the meet at Texas A&M, Baylor will compete in its final regular season competition of the indoor season with a trip to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational, Feb. 14-15.
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