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Track and Field Set for A&M Invitational

Trey Harts and the Bears are set for the Texas A&M Invitational.

Trey Harts and the Bears are set for the Texas A&M Invitational.

Feb. 12, 2009

WACO, Texas -

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The Baylor men's and women's track and field teams are set to travel to College Station, Texas for the Texas A&M Invitational on Friday and Saturday, February 13-14 at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at the McFerrin Athletic Center. The Bears are making their first of three straight trips to College Station, as the Bears will return to the campus of Texas A&M for the Big 12 Indoor Championships on February 27-28 as well as the NCAA Indoor Championships of March 13-14. The Bears will also be competing in their second-straight scored meet. Last weekend the Bears won the team title at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, while the women's squad took second overall. Live results for the Texas A&M Invitational can be found at www.AggieAthletics.com or www.FlashResults.com. Complete meet recaps can be found at the end of each day at BaylorBears.com.

This weekend marks Baylor's first trip to College Station, Texas for an indoor track meet. The Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at the McFerrin Athletic Center opened for its first indoor season in 2009. Home to the 2009 Big 12 Indoor Championships as well as the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships, the Texas A&M Invitational will provide Baylor with a preview of the indoor championships venue. Last season during this weekend, Baylor attended the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Last season, Kaleigh Teel broke the school record in the pole vault on the second day of competition. Teel's clearance of 3.81m (12-06) broke her old school record of 3.68m (12-00 ¾) by nearly more than five inches. She now holds seven of the top 10 clearances in Baylor history. LeJerald Betters finished third overall, and the top collegiate runner, in the finals of the men's 400 meters with a provisional qualifying time of 46.97. Tiffany Townsend won her heat and finished sixth overall in the preliminary rounds of the women's 200 meters. Townsend's time of 23.73 is a provisional qualifying mark and her second fastest time of the season.

Tiffany Townsend recorded a new world-leading time in the 200 meters and the men's and women's squads combined for 19 NCAA automatic or provisional marks on the final day of action at the 2008 New Balance Collegiate Invitational at The Armory Track and Field Center. Baylor won the men's team competition with 65 total points as the No. 20 Bears claimed the meet title over third-ranked Oregon, fifth-ranked Texas A&M, sixth-ranked Florida State, seventh-ranked Texas, ninth-ranked BYU and tenth-ranked LSU. The Lady Bears finished with 68 team points, placing second overall behind top-ranked Texas A&M which earned 72 team points. Townsend clocked a time of 23.31 to win the women's 200 meters. She lowered her own school record of 23.41 set two weeks ago at the Razorback Invitational. The time ranks as the No. 1 time in the world this year over 200 meters, topping the time of 23.38 turned in by A&M's Porsha Lucas three weeks ago. The men's 4x400-meter relay won its 32nd-straight meet against NCAA competition, clocking 3:09.30 to win. Though the Bears won their final heat by nearly three seconds, the time just edged LSU's time of 3:09.58 from the second heat. Quentin Iglehart-Summers and Marcus Boyd finished one-two in the men's 400 meters. Iglehart-Summers made a charge from behind over the last 100 meters and split a pair of runners to edge Boyd at the finish line. Chris Gowell lowered his season-best time in the 800 meters, winning the event in 1:49.10. After he was boxed in at the back of the pack over the first three laps, Gowell made his move over the last 200 meters for the win. Thaddeus Gordon broke his own school record in the triple jump, recording an NCAA provisional qualifying mark at 15.61m (51-02 ¾). Jessica Ubanyionwu also tallied a provisional mark, jumping 12.66m (41-06 ½). That mark ranks as the second-best all-time trailing Baylor jumps coach Stacey Smith for the school lead.



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