Feb. 27, 2008
WACO, Texas -
BEARS BACK IN ACTION AT BIG 12 INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Baylor men's and women's indoor track and field teams return to action this weekend as the teams travel to Lincoln, Neb. for the 2008 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships. The two-day meet begins on Friday at 9:30 am. with multi events. Running events start at 2 p.m., while field events begin at 2:45 p.m. Saturday's action begins at 9:30 a.m. with the second day of multi competition. Saturday field events begin at 1:30 p.m., and running finals start at 3 p.m. Following competition at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, the Bears will enjoy an off weekend before traveling to Fayetteville, Ark. for the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 14-15. Live results of the 2008 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships will be available online at www.Huskers.com, while complete meet recaps will be available each evening at www.BaylorBears.com.
LAST YEAR AT THE BIG 12 INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Baylor men's quarter-milers swept the top three positions in the event finals on the second day of competition at the 2007 Big 12 Indoor Championships. Reggie Witherspoon was named the 2007 Big 12 Male Indoor Athlete of the Year and was the High Point Performer after posting victories in the 400 meters and the 200 meters. The Bears finished in fifth place with 75 team points, while the Lady Bears claimed the eighth spot with 49 total points. Witherspoon won his second consecutive Big 12 indoor 400 meter title in 45.91, the fastest time in the country this season. Quentin Iglehart-Summers finished second for the second consecutive year with a season-best time of 46.27, while freshman LeJerald Betters took third in 46.31, his fastest mark of the year. Iglehart-Summers and Betters now rank fourth and fifth in the nation in the quarter-mile. Freshman J.T. Scheuerman was seventh with 47.30. Witherspoon and freshman Trey Harts finished one-two in the men's 200 meters as Witherspoon tied the nation's fastest time in 20.73. Harts finished in a season best 20.89, tying him for third nationally. Freshman Nichole Jones won her first Big 12 title in the women's 1,000 meters with a Big 12 meet record of 2:45.68. Jones, who graduated a year early from high school, also set a new Baylor record in the event.
LAST TIME OUT
Kaleigh Teel broke the school record in the pole vault on the second day of competition at the Tyson Invitational on Saturday afternoon. 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. Teel now holds seven of the top 10 clearances in Baylor history. Ashley Korol finished 27th with a height of 3.51m (11-06 ¼), setting a new personal best. 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. Carla Grace clocked a provisional qualifying time of 23.88, but just missed qualifying for the event finals with a 10th place finish. Brittany Carr dropped two-tenths of a second off her personal best to finish in 23rd place in 24.20. In a race featuring five of the fastest teams in the nation, the Baylor men's 4x400-meter relay set a world leading time of 3:06.89 to win the special invitational event on Friday night at the Tyson Invitational. The Bears, running with their top team for the first time this season clocked their third provisional qualifying time of the season and finished nearly a full second faster than the previous national-leading time of 3:07.72 set two weeks prior by Kentucky.