Feb. 12, 2003
Baylor travels to Fayetteville, Ark. to participate in the Tyson Invitational Fri.-Sat., Feb. 14-15. The meet will be held at the Randal Tyson Track Center. On Friday, events begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday's action starts at 5 p.m.
Tough Field Awaits Baylor in Fayetteville
Of the 25 teams that are scheduled to participate in the Tyson Invitational this weekend, seven men's squads and six women's teams are ranked among the Trackwire Top 25. Ranked teams slated to race against the No. 22 Baylor men include top-10 contenders in No. 1 Arkansas, No. 6 Auburn and No. 8 TCU. Kentucky is tied for 14th while Indiana and SMU each come in at No. 24. No. 2 Florida paces the ranked women's teams followed by No. 7 Texas. Indiana and Miami are tied at No. 9 while Auburn comes in at No. 12. The host Arkansas Ladybacks are tied at No. 20.
Bears in the Big 12
Three meets into the 2003 indoor season Baylor has several athletes posting top times in the Big 12 Conference. In all, 15 individuals and three relays are ranked among the top-five in the conference in their respective events. Senior Barbara Petrahn, sophomore Darold Williamson and the men's 4x400 relay team each hold a top clocking among conference competitors. Petrahn paces the league in the 600-yard event (1:22.33) while Williamson has turned in the fastest time in the 400 (46.19). The Baylor 4x400 relay men have bettered their conference foes by more than two seconds (3:07.79).
Williamson and Wariner Clock Automatic Times
Quartermilers Darold Williamson (So.) and Jeremy Wariner (Fr.) clocked two of the fastest times in the nation last week in the 400-meter dash. Both Bears recorded automatic NCAA qualifying times last week at Northern Arizona's Mountain T's Invitational. Williamson's 46.19 is good for a No. 6 ranking in the latest Trackwire Dandy Dozen while Wariner's 46.29 ranks eighth. Both are a part of the 4x400 relay team that is ranked fourth in the nation.
Hart Begins 40th Season at Baylor
Clyde Hart begins his 40th season as the head coach of Baylor's track and field program this season. In his tenure at BU, Hart has firmly established the Bear program as one of the best in the nation. Hart has coached athletes to 24 national championships (11 individual/13 relay) and 446 All-America awards (148 individual/298 relay). Named the men's assistant coach for Team USA at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Hart has coached athletes to ten world record performances. In 1996, he was named the Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee. That year he coached Michael Johnson to gold medals in the 200-meters and 400-meters at the Games of the 26th Olympiad in Atlanta, Ga. Hart also was named the NCAA Indoor Coach of the Year in 1996 after garnering such honors in 1989. A four-time Southwest Conference Indoor Coach of the Year, Hart has established Baylor as a quarter-mile powerhouse after producing 13 4x400 relay national champions and four individual 400-meter national champions.