Trey Harts enters the NCAA Championships as the top-ranked 200 meter runner.
March 11, 2009
WACO, Texas -
BAYLOR TRACK AND FIELD SET FOR NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Baylor men's and women's track and field teams are set to travel to College Station, Texas for the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, March 13-14 at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at the McFerrin Athletic Center. The Bears are making the third of three straight trips to College Station, as the Bears traveled to Texas A&M for the Texas A&M Invitational and the Big 12 Indoor Championships. The Bears will also be competing in their fourth-straight scored meet. The men's squad won the team title at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, while the women's squad took second overall during the first week in February, while both squads took third place at the Texas A&M Invitational. Both the men's and women's team finished fourth overall at the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Live results for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships can be found at www.AggieAthletics.com or www.FlashResults.com. Meet recaps can be found at the end of each day at www.BaylorBears.com.
LAST TIME AT THE NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Baylor men's 4x400-meter relay won its third-straight national championship with a world-leading time of 3:05.66 at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Bears, who also won the 2007 indoor and outdoor national championships in the event, win their third-straight national title, becoming just the fourth team in NCAA history to accomplish the feat. LSU most recently won three 4x400-meter relay titles in a row, winning the 2005 outdoor and 2006 indoor and outdoor championships. SMU accomplished the feat in 1986-87, winning the 1986 indoor and outdoor titles and the 1987 indoor championship. Baylor also holds the NCAA record, winning five straight relay titles from the 1990 indoor championships through the 1992 indoor title. Baylor wins its eighth indoor national championship, and the school's 17th overall (eight indoor and nine outdoor). The men's team finished in a tie for 19th place overall with 11 team points, while the Lady Bears tied for 56th overall with two team points. Lauren Hagans earned her second All-America honor in as many days with an eighth-place finish in the women's 3,000 meters. Hagans time of 9:15.12 was a four-second personal best and ranks as the third-fastest 3,000 meters in Baylor history. Trey Harts finished second in his heat and eighth overall in the men's 200 meter preliminaries. Harts clocked 20.89, a career-best time for a 200-meter banked track. Harts came back in the finals to set a new career-best mark, clocking 20.87 to place eighth overall and earn his second-straight indoor All-America honor, as he also finished eighth last season. Tiffany Townsend clocked a career-best time of 23.52 in the women's 200 meters to place 10th overall in the preliminaries. The time ranks as the second-fastest time ever in Baylor history. Townsend earns All-America honors as the sixth-fastest American runner. The women's distance medley relay finished in eighth place with a time of 11:20.56 to earn All-America honors for the third-straight year.
LAST TIME OUT
Trey Harts won double gold, claiming both the 60 and 200 meter titles at the 2009 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships. Both Baylor squads finished in fourth place overall in the team competition as the women's team recorded 86 points and the men tallied 71 points. Harts opened the day by winning the men's 60 meters with a time of 6.74. The 60-meter title is the second in Baylor history. Later, Harts won gold in the men's 200 meters for the second-straight season. On Friday, Harts clocked a personal-best time of 20.66 that ranks as the fastest time in the nation. In Saturday's finals, Harts finished with a time of 20.79. The 200-meter title is the seventh overall for Baylor and the fourth-straight championship for the Bears. The Baylor 4x400-meter relay won the conference title for the 12th-straight season. The Bears, who also won their 34th-straight race overall, clocked a time of 3:06.92 that ranks as the second-fastest in the world this year. Nichole Jones claimed her third-straight Big 12 title in the women's 1,000 meters. Jones, who won the event as a freshman to become the youngest champion in conference history, clocked a time of 2:46.51. Jones moves into a tie for first place in Baylor history with five career Big 12 titles (4 individual, 1 relay). Marcus Boyd and LeJerald Betters finished second and third in the men's 400 meters. J.T. Scheuerman took seventh as the Bears scored three athletes in the event. Senior Quentin Iglehart-Summers pulled up midway through the first lap with a leg cramp. Chris Gowell placed second overall in the men's 800 meters with a school-record time of 1:48.57. Tiffany Townsend picked up a pair of Top 5 finishes, taking second in the 200 meters and fifth in the 60 meters. Erin Bedell finished second overall in the women's 3,000 meters, setting an NCAA automatic qualifying time in 9:14.78.