March 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Four Baylor track and field athletes have made the field for the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships, the NCAA Committee announced late Tuesday.
Senior Tiffani McReynolds will compete in the 60-meter hurdles, while junior Rachel Johnson will take part in the 3,000-meter run. Sophomores Felix Obi and Brianna Richardson will both represent the Bears in the triple jump.
That quartet of athletes each posted a mark in their individual event among the top 16 in the country this season and will in turn have a chance to continue their indoor seasons March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
McReynolds is fresh off claiming her fourth straight Big 12 title in the 60-meter hurdles. She was the first BU athlete to win four straight indoor crowns in the same event and only the second Big 12 athlete to accomplish the feat. This season, McReynolds has a top-time of 8.05 in the event, which is the fourth fastest in the country. The Kansas City, Kan., native owns the school record in the 60-hurdles with a personal-best time of 7.96, which she set at last season's NCAA Indoor Championships. At that meet, she placed second, earning her third straight All-American honor in the event. McReynolds will open the event for BU in the prelims of the 60-hurdles at 7:45 p.m. on March 14.
Johnson will be making her first NCAA Indoor Championships appearance. The Plano, Texas, product, currently owns the 13th-fastest time in the 3,000 meters in 2014 with a mark of 9:08.36. She set that school-record time will running at the Husky Classic on Feb. 15. Last week at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, Johnson placed second in 9:17.78. She is slated to race in the event at 8:55 p.m. on March 15.
Obi is the favorite in the triple going into the competition, having posted an NCAA-leading mark of 53-11.25 [16.44m] at the Tyson Invitational in February. That jump also helped Obi set a school record in the event for the fifth time in his career. He won his second straight Big 12 title in the triple jump on Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Last season at the NCAA Indoor meet, the El Paso, Texas, native, garnered All-American honors with a sixth-place finish.
Richardson, who has battled an injury over the last few weeks, is expected to be able to compete in Albuquerque. She has recorded the ninth-best triple jump in the country this season with a personal-best mark of 43-0.5 [13.12m] at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet in January. The native of Heath, Texas, was fourth at last season's Big 12 Indoor Championships in the event. The men's and women's triple jump are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on March 15.
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