Feb. 17, 2004
WACO, Texas - The Baylor men's track team moved up two more spots into a tie for seventh, while the women dropped two spots and are tied for 16th according to the latest Trackwire 25 rankings. The BU men are now tied with Texas as the top two Big 12 teams heading into the conference championships.
The men's 4x400 relay squad held onto its No. 1 ranking in the Trackwire Dandy Dozen by winning a head-to-head battle with second-ranked Minnesota this past weekend in Ames, Iowa. The relay team is led by junior Darold Williamson, who was named Big 12 Co-Athlete of the week after running a 45.79 to take the 400-meter crown at the Iowa State Classic. Williamson jumped up four spots to third in the 400 rankings, while sophomore teammate Jeremy Wariner falls two spots to fourth. Freshman Mark Teter has run on the squad all year, while the fourth spot has been filled by either sophomore Jamen Saziru or freshman Kevin Mutai.
Senior Kyle King broke into the ranking for the first time this season, holding down the eighth spot in the 5,000 meters. King won the event and broke his own school record with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 13:56.83 on Saturday at the Razorback Invitational.
Senior Jordan Willmann has been ranked No. 2 in the pentathlon behind Georgia's Hyleas Fountain all season, while junior April Holliness is ranked No. 5 in the long jump. Junior Lakadron Ivery broke dropped one spot this week in the 60 meters to No. 6. The women's 4x400 relay squad made the Dandy Dozen for the first time this season, debuting at No. 11.
The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country. This projection is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event. The complete Trackwire 25 can be found at www.trackwire.com.
The Bears are off this weekend, but return to action at the Big 12 Indoor Championships Feb. 27-28 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center Track in Lincoln, Neb.