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Track Opens Outdoor at TCU Invitational

Senior James Gilreath

Senior James Gilreath

March 14, 2012

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FORT WORTH, Texas – After watching their teams during indoor season due to exhausted indoor eligibility, seniors James Gilreath and Whitney Prevost will lead Baylor’s track and field team to its first outdoor meet of the season at the TCU Invitational on Thursday and Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Baylor will be one of eight teams competing at the meet, joining host TCU, Houston, SMU, Texas State, Texas, North Texas and UT-Arlington. The meet starts at noon on Thursday with only the hammer, javelin and women’s discus taking place that day. Remaining field events will begin on Friday at 10 a.m., followed by events on the track starting at 1 p.m.

Gilreath and Prevost had each exhausted their indoor eligibility prior to the 2012 season, but injuries during an outdoor season in their careers forced them to use a redshirt to retain a year of outdoor eligibility. Each is a returning All-American, with Gilreath leading the Baylor middle-distance crew and contributing on the 4x400m relay, and Prevost providing veteran leadership for the sprinters and contributing on both relays.

The majority of the Baylor squad put the wraps on a highly successful indoor season that featured nine All-Americans and 38 all-Big 12 honors. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Baylor’s women tied for 16th to mark their second consecutive top-20 finish, while the men placed 35th after being projected 60th prior to the weekend.

Looking ahead to the outdoor season, sophomore Tiffani McReynolds leads the women’s squad and will be focused on defending her Big 12 title in the 100 hurdles. Indoors, the second-year standout successfully defended her 60 hurdles title and earned All-America honors for the second straight year with a fourth-place finish at the NCAAs.

Along with McReynolds, Baylor’s women also developed an elite group in the field events. Senior Jessica Ubanyionwu and junior Skylar White each earned their third-career All-America honors indoors. Each set career-highs at the national meet with Ubanyionwu jumping 43 feet, six inches in the triple jump to place sixth, and White throwing the shot put 57-2 to re-break her school record and place fourth.

On the men’s side, freshman Patrick Schoenball and the 4x400-meter relay team each collected top-eight honors to be named All-America. Schoenball cruised through the prelims of the 800 meters with the second-fastest qualifying time and went on to place fifth as the only freshman in the event at the NCAA Championship. The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Zwede Hewitt, Justin Allen, Drew Seale and Blake Heriot also earned All-America honors indoors with a seventh-place finish.

Live results will be available at www.flashresultstexas.com. Follow Baylor Track and Field’s official Twitter feed, @BaylorTrack, for updates throughout the meet.



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