March 9, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS - Baylor's track and field team qualified a total of eight athletes, including the men's 4x400-meter relay, as the field was unveiled late Monday for the 2010 NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark on Friday and Saturday, March 12-13.
The Bears' relay includes the traditional power and three-time defending national champion 4x400-meter crew. The 4x400-meter crew ranks second in the nation with a time of 3:05.37, but enters the meet at the three-time defending indoor champions. The men's 4x400-meter crew has been a consistent combination of Trey Harts, Michael Liggins, Zwede Hewitt and Marcus Boyd.
In the individual events, James Gilreath (800 meters) and Whitney Prevost (200 meters) earned Baylor's only automatic bids, while Harts (200 meters), Chris Gowell (800 meters) and Jessica Ubanyionwu (triple jump) earned a spot in the field on the strength of their provisional qualifying marks
Gilreath, who saved his best for last, hit the 800-meter automatic mark of 1:48.00 on the button at the Alex Wilson Invitational in the last meet of the season over the weekend. Gilreath's mark broke Gowell's school record and ranks him as the ninth-fastest in the championship field. Prevost met the qualifying mark earlier this season with his 200-meter time of 20.81, leaving him ranked seventh in the field.
Gowell, who also broke his own school record last weekend, but finished behind Gilreath, enters with a qualifying time of 1:48.23, ranking him 12th. Harts, meanwhile, used the Arkansas Final qualifier to improve his 200-meter time by .03 seconds to 20.97, ranking him 16th in the field.
For the women, Jessica Ubanyionwu will be the only Lady Bear in the championship field, competing in the triple jump. The sophomore is ranked 10th in the field with her career-best jump of 43 feet, 1.25 inches at the Tyson Invitational one month ago.
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