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Track and Field Prepares for Big 12 Indoor Championships

Senior Barbara Petrahn hopes to add more Big 12 titles to her already impressive list of accomplishments.

Senior Barbara Petrahn hopes to add more Big 12 titles to her already impressive list of accomplishments.

Feb. 25, 2003

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This Week
Baylor travels to Lincoln, Neb. to compete at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships Fri.-Sat., Feb. 28-Mar. 1. The meet will be held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Action begins Friday at 10 a.m. when the combined events get underway. Running events will start at 2 p.m. followed by field events at 2:45. The combined events will continue at 10 a.m. Saturday with field events to follow and 1:30 and running events starting at 3.

Bears Clock Automatic Qualifying Times
Quartermilers Darold Williamson (So.) and Jeremy Wariner (Fr.) have clocked two of the fastest times in the nation in the 400-meter dash. Both Bears recorded automatic NCAA qualifying times at Northern Arizona's Mountain T's Invitational. Wariner's 46.29 is good for a No. 8 ranking in the latest Trackwire Dandy Dozen. Junior Kyle King recorded an automatic qualifying mark at the Tyson Invitational, setting the school record in the 5,000-meters with a time of 13:57.22. Several other athletes have set provisional marks including the men's 4x400 relay, which ranks seventh among the Dandy Dozen, and long jumper April Holliness, who carries a ranking of 11th into the conference meet.

School Records Fall at Tyson Invitational
Junior Kyle King ran an impressive 5,000-meter race in the Olympic Development heat at the Tyson Invitational. He finished the race in a school-record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 13:57.22. However, that was not the only school record to fall at the meet. Senior Rebecca McPherson cleared a pole vault height of 10-8 1/4, which is a new indoor best for a Baylor women's pole vaulter.

Williamson Out for Conference Meet
Sophomore Darold Williamson, the reigning indoor Big 12 Champion in the 400 (47.01) and 4x400 relay (3:08.15), will not have the opportunity to defend his titles in 2002. He suffered a strained hamstring on Feb. 14 at the Tyson Invitational which will prevent him from competing at the indoor conference meet. It is to early to determine when Williamson, who has already clocked an automatic NCAA qualifying time in the 400 (46.19), will return to the Baylor line-up.

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.

 

 

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