March 28, 2012
WACO, Texas – Coming off a 10-win meet in Florida, Baylor track and field’s 12th-ranked men and 13th-ranked women will make the short trip to Austin, Texas, this weekend for the annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Baylor will enter a combined total of 12 relays in the meet, including five on the women’s side and six on the men’s side. In addition, the team will have entrants in several individual events. Action for BU begins on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the field and at 4:30 p.m. on the track and will run through Saturday evening.
Baylor is coming off a meet at UCF, which the men’s and women’s teams combined to win 10 events and lay claim to two national-leading marks. In addition Baylor also established 17 other marks which rank in the NCAA’s top 10 on the national outdoor qualifier list.
Sophomore Tiffani McReynolds, who earned Big 12 Female Athlete of the Week honors for her effort, turned in the nation’s fastest time in the 100 hurdles of 13.04 to win. In addition, McReynolds ran the second-fastest time in the 100 meters of 11.42 and had a career-best 200 meters of 23.40 to rank sixth in the NCAA.
Also on the women’s side, Baylor’s 4x400-meter relay will enter the meet as the No. 1 team in the country after its time of 3:35.95 to win the UCF Invite last weekend. The team of Brittany OgunMokun, Alyssa Nichols, Raena Rhone and Diamond Richardson will try to hold off the nation’s best this weekend. Richardson also had the second-best time nationally in the 400 meters of 52.94.
For the men, a group of sprinters made the biggest gain at the UCF Invite, with junior Everett Walker leading the way for a trio of Bears in the 200 meters. Walker won meet with the NCAA’s second-best time of 20.53, followed by third-ranked Blake Heriot at 20.55 and eighth-ranked Whitney Prevost at 20.75.
The Bears also showed massive depth in the 4x400-meter relay, taking first and second place at UCF with a battle that came down to the wire. Baylor’s top team of Justin Allen, Heriot, Drew Seale and Hewitt turned in a time of 3:06.98 to rank fifth in the NCAA, two spots ahead of the team of Dennis Scruggs, Whitney Prevost, James Gilreath and Joe Barb that ran 3:07.31.
In the field events, Baylor’s women have a pair of throwers and a triple jumper all ranked in the top 10. Junior Skylar White is fourth in the discus at 177 feet, five inches and fifth in the shot put at 54-9.25, while sophomore Erin Atkinson is eighth in the hammer at 197-7. Senior Jessica Ubanyionwu currently has the nation’s seventh-best triple jump at 41-10.25.
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