Feb. 7, 2013
WACO, Texas - For a third weekend in a row, the Baylor track and field team will be in action as the Bears travel to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday and Saturday.
"The Tyson Invitational will be one of the strongest meets in the country this year," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We are looking to go up there and get in our final tune-up before the Big 12 meet."
The Bears will be returning to Fayetteville, Ark. and the Randal Tyson Track Complex for the second time this season, after also competing there two weeks ago in the Razorback Invitational.
Currently, Baylor's women's team is ranked 19th, while its men's squad is listed as the No. 40 team by the USTFCCA.
Last weekend, Baylor athletes competed at both the 38th-annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. and Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational. The highlight of the weekend was the performance of BU's throwers, Erin Atkinson and Skylar White who both captured Husker Invitational event titles in the weight throw and the shot put, respectively.
Atkinson had her best throw of the season, 67-8.25, to win last week. That marks currently ranks 10th in the country. Meanwhile, White's season-best heave of 55-0.75 achieved in the first week of the season is tied for 10th.
BU also has top-20 marks in seven other events. Senior Everett Walker has the 19th-best 60-meter time in the country at 6.69, which he set last week at the Husker Invitational. He also owns the fourth-best time in the 200-meters (20.81), which he tallied the last time BU was in Arkansas.
Tiffani McReynolds owns three of Baylor's top-20 times. She has the 13th-best 60-meter time (7.38), the 19th-best 200-meter mark (23.82) and the second-best time in the 60-hurdles at 8.10.
Baylor's 4X400-meter relay team posted its best time of the indoor season last week with two of its normal contributors nursing injuries. The team of Justin Allen, Richard Gary, Joe Barb and Drew Seale ran 3:09.89 to currently rank as the 11th-best time in the country.
In the men's field events, Felix Obi has the fifth-best triple of the season at 52-4.5, which is also the school record.
More than 40 colleges and universities will be represented at the Tyson Invitational, including seven men's teams and 11 women's teams that are ranked in this week's national poll.
Friday's schedule will be split into an afternoon and evening session with start times of noon (CT) and 6 p.m., respectively. On Saturday, field events begin at 11 a.m. while running events are slated for a 1 p.m. start.
Following the meet in Fayetteville, Baylor will take next week off before traveling to the Big 12 Indoor Championships, Feb. 22-23, in Ames, Iowa.
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