Sophomore Brittney OgunMokun
March 4, 2011
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WACO, Texas - Select members of Baylor's track and field team will have one more chance to improve their season marks at last chance qualifying meets at Arkansas and Notre Dame on Friday and Saturday. The meets are the final competitions before next week's NCAA Indoor Championships.
With three individuals and the men's 4x400-meter relay team already qualified, Baylor will look to add more NCAA qualifiers to its team with only one week remaining before the national meet. Quartermiler Marcus Boyd and sprinter Woodrow Randall will be in the field at Arkansas, while Diamond Richardson, Brittney OgunMokun, Gavyn Nero, James Gilreath and the women's 4x400-meter relay will each compete at Notre Dame. Each of the competitors will aim for a spot in the top16-20 in each event, depending on how many entrants the NCAA invites after the automatic qualifiers are admitted.
In the men's 400 meters, Boyd is currently 22nd in the NCAA with his season-best time of 46.65, which led to a third-place finish at the Big 12 Championships last weekend. The senior also anchored the Baylor men's 4x400-meter relay team to a runner-up finish at the conference meet. At UND, he will be shooting for a mark under the current 20th-best mark in the NCAA of 46.51.
Randall progressed in both the 60 and 200 meters throughout the season, placing in the top five in the Big 12 in each event. The junior college transfer is currently 21st in the NCAA in the 60 meters with a time of 6.67 and 45th in the 200 at 21.17. The current top-20 marks are 6.66 in the 60 and 21.00 in the 200.
OgunMokun has put together a solid season at Baylor after transferring from Seton Hall when the Pirates dropped their track and field program. Finishing fifth at the Big 12 Championships in the 600 yards last week, OgunMokun is currently ranked 77th in the NCAA in the 800 meters with her season-best time of 2:10.03 from the New Balance Invitational. To crack the top 20 in the event, OgunMokun will shoot for a time under the current 20th-place mark of 2:06.28.
Nero, a sophomore, is coming off a championship performance at the Big 12 meet, anchoring the men's distance medley relay team to the conference title and place second by just .02 seconds in the 1,000 meters. In the 800 meters this season, Nero has a personal-best of 1:49.72, ranking him 35th in the NCAA. His time is less than one second out of the top 20, with that mark currently at 1:49.02.
Richardson will look to improve on her current national 400-meter rank of 48th with her time of 54.24. The junior placed eighth at the Big 12 meet a week ago, and will need to drop almost a full second to get into the NCAA's top 20. Currently, the 20th-best mark in the nation is 53.37.
Indoor senior James Gilreath will also have an opportunity to qualify in the 800 meters, entering with his season-best time of 1:50.85. Gilreath, who placed sixth in the event at this year's Big 12 meet, will have history on his side as he met the NCAA automatic qualifying mark last year at the Alex Wilson Invite.
In the 4x400-meter relay on the women's side, OgunMokun and Richardson will be joined by Brittany Bruce and Lizzy Whitney to try to improve on their season-best time of 3:39.39. The squad will shoot for a time in the 3:35 range to crack the top 20.