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Track & Field Returns To Tyson Invitational

Tiffani McReynolds

Feb. 13, 2014

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WACO, Texas - In its final meet of the indoor regular season, the Baylor track and field team will be in action at the Tyson Invitational Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

"We are still trying to get up a couple folks healthy, but the ones we do have are ready to go," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We just need to put it all together and perform well, because this is their last opportunity before the Big 12 meet. You want to come off of this one feeling good."

The Bears will be returning to Fayetteville, Ark,. and the Randal Tyson Track Center for the first time in 2014, after competing there three times last season. During the 2013 Tyson Invitational, Baylor had two schools record set as Tiffani McReynolds (60-hurdles) and Felix Obi (triple jump) shined.

Currently, Baylor's women's team is ranked 25th, while its men's squad is listed as the 30th-ranked team by the USTFCCA.

The field for this year's meet is made up of 28 colleges and universities, including four other Big 12 schools - Kansas, TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech.

Action is slated to get underway at 11 a.m. on Friday with field events. The running events start an hour later at noon and go until 8:10 p.m. On Saturday, field events begin at noon, while running events are slated for a 1 p.m. start.

Baylor is scheduled to have 52 athletes in action, including 27 women and 25 men.

Two other Baylor distance runners, Rachel Johnson and Mariah Kelly, will be competing at the Husky Classic hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle on Saturday. Johnson will run the 3,000-meter event, while Kelly will take part in the mile race. Each will be trying to secure a time that will qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships on a historically good track for distance races.

Baylor's women's competitors for the Tyson Invitational are headlined by Tiffani McReynolds, who holds the third-best time nationally in the 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 8.05. Triple jumper Brianna Richardson is tied for the fifth-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 17th in the country.

Meanwhile, two Lady Bears are also leading the conference, including McReynolds in the 60-hurdles and Richardson in the triple jump.

The Bears have been led by sophomore Felix Obi, who has the third-best triple jump (53-2.75 [16.22m]) in the country this season. Freshman Trayvon Bromell owns the country's 16th-fastest 60-meter time at 6.65. Currently, the men's 4x400-meter relay team of Blake Heriot, Karrie Butler, TJ Holmes and Caddick are sitting 11th in the country.

Two Bears are currently leading the Big 12 in their respective events, including Obi in the triple jump and Caddick in the 400 meters.

Last time out, Baylor placed fourth in both the men's and women's team competition at the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational. BU had event winners in the heptathlon, the mile and the 60-meter dash.

Following the meet in Fayetteville, Baylor will take next week off before traveling to the Big 12 Indoor Championships, Feb. 28-March 1, in Ames, Iowa.

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