April 3, 2001
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Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays
Mike A. Myers Stadium * Austin, Texas
Wednesday: 12:30 p.m. (Heptathlon/Decathlon only)
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 12:15 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Note: For a complete meet schedule, please visit the University of Texas Athletics website at www.TexasSports.com.
Ranked Teams Competing
Men: No. 1 Louisiana State, No. 2 Texas Christian, No. 4 Arkansas, No. t5 Southern Methodist, No. t5 Auburn, No. t7 Stanford, No. t7 Southern California, No. 9 Baylor, No. t11 Texas-El Paso, No. t14 Texas, No. t19 Arizona State, No. t19 Texas A&M, No. t23 Mississippi, No. t23 Nebraska, No. t23 Northern Iowa.
Women: No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Southern California, No. 3 Arkansas, No. 4 Arizona, No. t5 Brigham Young, No. 7 Louisiana State, No. 9 Texas, No. t13 Nebraska, No. 15 Southern Methodist, No. 16 Texas-El Paso, No. 17 Kansas State, No. t18 Oregon, No. t21 Auburn, No. t21 Idaho, No. t21 Mississippi State.
Baylor heads down I-35 for Texas Relays
Baylor's men's and women's track and field teams will return to action this week at the 74th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. Considered one of the premier track meets in the nation, the Texas Relays will be hosted by the University of Texas. Baylor will be one of several teams competing in the event, which is expected to showcase more than 5,000 of the nation's top collegiate and high school track and field athletes in 117 events. On the men's side, 15 teams ranked in the March 27 Trackwire Top 25 will be in action, including eight of the top 10 teams. Only No. 3 Tennessee and No. 10 Florida will not be in attendance. As with the men, a total of 15 ranked women's teams will be competing. No. 5 South Carolina and eighth-ranked Clemson are the only teams in the top 10 that will not be in Austin. Action will get underway Wednesday with the first day of the women's heptathlon and the men's decathlon. The main part of meet begins Thursday and will run through Saturday evening.
Baylor in 38th season under Hart
Clyde Hart is in his 38th season as the head coach of Baylor's track and field program. In his tenure at BU, Hart has firmly established the Bear program as one of the best in the nation. Since 1985, 16 Baylor athletes have won 51 NCAA Championships, including two last season. An men's assistant coach for Team USA at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Hart has coached eight World Record holders and seven NCAA record holders. In 1996, he was named Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee. That year, he coached Michael Johnson to Gold Medals in the 200 meters and the 400 meters at the Games of the 26th Olympiad in Atlanta, Ga. Hart was also named NCAA Indoor Coach of the Year in 1996 after garnering such honors in 1989. A four-time Southwest Conference Indoor Coach of the Year, Hart has seen 14 of his male athletes finish in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships. He has established Baylor as "Quarter-Mile U." after producing 10 4x400-meter relay national champions and three 400-meter national champions.
Last year at the Texas Relays
Stephanie Bennett posted an eighth-place time of 4:30.74 in the 1,500 meters at the Texas Relays for the best mark of the season by a Lady Bear in that event. Karin Ernstrom finished first in the 3,000 meters, running a 9:44.55. Baylor's 4x400-meter relay team of Keisa Brown, Chava Demart, Udi Deja Opusunju and Barbara Petrahn raced to a time of provisional qualifying time of 3:35.48 in a winning effort. Eboni Hammond placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 142-10. On the men's side, Bayano Kamani finished first in the University Division of the 400-meter hurdles with an automatic qualifying time of 49.44 seconds in the final. Michael Smith also reached provisional standards in the 400-meter hurdles with a 50.58 clocking in the preliminaries. Sherman Harness was seventh in the high jump, clearing 6-9 1/2, while Sky Jones finished seventh in the pole vault with a height of 16-8 3/4. The 4x400 team of Peter Hauser, Zsolt Szeglet, Floyd Thompson and Brandon Couts finished first with a provisional time of 3:04.11. Meanwhile, Jonathan Pike, Blair Mathews, Barrett Hall and Damian Davis gave Baylor a fifth-place finish in the 4x800 with a 7:33.45 clocking. Baylor's 4x200 team of Szeglet, Hauser, Couts and Thompson placed second with a 1:23.83 mark. That same foursome teamed for a third-place finish in the sprint medley relay at 3:14.17, and Jon Capron, Brandon Terry, Pike and Ferenc Bekesi finished eighth in the distance medley relay with a time of 9:58.41.
Athletes to compete at Texas Relays
Women: Stephanie Bennett (1500), Cynthia Benson (high jump), Keisa Brown (relays), Candace Carroll (100 hurdles, relays), Kim Cook (3000-steeple), Chava Demart (400 hurdles, relays), Eboni Hammond (discus), Alisha Hooker (100 hurdles, 400 hurdles), Tamara Johnson (relays), Ssereta Lafayette (100 hurdles, relays), Leah Marbach (3000-steeple), Lanie Millar (relays), Kara Newton (5000), Kerry O'Bric (heptathlon), Barbara Petrahn (relays), Tiffany Wise (relays).
Men: Alex Adler (10,000), Jim Autenreith (pole vault), Ferenc Bekesi (relays), Jon Capron (relays), Matt Chance (relays), Brandon Couts (relays), Damian Davis (relays), Nick Devenport (relays), Martin Dossett (110 hurdles, relays), Barrett Hall (relays), T.J. Henderson (relays), Sky Jones (pole vault), Bayano Kamani (400 hurdles, relays), Joel Martin (relays), Jonathan Pike (relays), Michael Smith (110 hurdles, 400 hurdles), Zsolt Szeglet (relays), Floyd Thompson (relays).
Kamani named Big 12 Conference Co-Athlete of the Week
Senior Bayano Kamani was named Big 12 Male Co-Athlete of the week, the conference office announced Monday. Kamani, who earned the weekly honor once during the indoor season, highlighted Baylor's impressive showing at last Saturday's Tellez Invitational in Houston, Texas. Running in his hometown, Kamani posted the nation's fastest 400-meter hurdle time of the season at 49.49 seconds in winning the event. That NCAA automatic qualifying time established a new meet record and ranks seventh all-time at Baylor. However, Kamani did not stop there. He then anchored Baylor's 4x400-meter relay team to an NCAA automatic time of 3:02.16, his time in the fourth leg was 44.80 seconds. Kamani shares this week's honor with Texas pole vaulter Brian Hunter, who posted the nation's best mark of the season at 18-2 ½ (5.55 meters).
Bears post two automatic, five provisional marks at Tellez
In all, Baylor athletes set five NCAA provisional marks and two automatic marks at the Tellez Invitational last weekend. On the women's side, junior Barbara Petrahn ran a time of 52.81 seconds in the 400 meters - well below the provisional bar of 53.70 and not far from the automatic threshold of 52.40. Petrahn also ran the anchor leg for Baylor's 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams. The 4x100 team of Ssereta Lafayette, Tamara Johnson, Keisa Brown and Petrahn posted a provisional mark of 45.09 seconds, while the 4x400 team of Tiffany Wise, Johnson, Brown and Petrahn posted a provisional and meet-record time of 3:37.91. Joining Kamani and the 4x400 team with outstanding outings for the men's team were sophomore Zsolt Szeglet and junior Michael Smith. Szeglet posted a provisional mark in the 400 meters at 46.18 seconds, and Smith reached provisional standards in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.59 seconds.
Demart, Benson, Millar, Thompson establish meet records at Tellez
Along with the seven qualifying times, Baylor athletes also posted six meet records at the Tellez Invitational last Saturday in Houston, Texas. Joining the women's 4x400-meter relay team and Bayano Kamani in setting new meet marks were Chava Demart, Cynthia Benson, Lanie Millar and Floyd Thompson. Demart ran a career-best time of 1:00.29 in the 400-meter hurdles, while Benson became the fifth-ranked Baylor women's high jumper ever with a 5-8 (1.73 meters) clearance. Millar became the fourth-fastest Baylor woman all-time in the 800 meters with a personal-best time of 2:09.30. Thompson, meanwhile, finished first in the 800 meters at 1:49.70.
Bears finish indoor season ranked eighth in Trackwire poll
Baylor's men's indoor track team ranked eighth in the final indoor Trackwire Top 25. The Bears were ranked no lower than ninth throughout the season and reached as high as seventh, spending the majority of the season in eighth.
Kamani takes third in 400 meters at Nationals
Senior Bayano Kamani earned his seventh all-America honor with a third-place finish in the 400 meters at the NCAA Indoor National Championships. His time of 46.20 won the first section of the finals and placed third in the two-section race. It was a personal-best time for Kamani, who was the 400-meter hurdles outdoor national champion in 1999.
Injury keeps Couts out of National Championships
2000 indoor 400-meter national champion Brandon Couts did not get a chance to defend his title at the 2001 Indoor National Championships. The Greenville, Texas, native was sidelined with a hamstring injury he sustained during the 200-meter finals at the Big 12 Championships. Couts, who had already won the 400-meter title, pulled up 70 meters into the race, halfway down the first straightaway, he was able to finish the race, placing seventh. Head coach Clyde Hart said having Couts compete was not wise due to the possibility of further injury, which would jeopardize his availability for the outdoor season.
Couts claims Baylor conference title record
Senior Brandon Couts claimed his 12th -career Big 12 Conference title two weeks ago in winning the 400 meters. That winning effort moved Couts into sole possession of the Baylor record for most overall individual conference titles in a career, breaking out of a first-place tie with current Bear assistant coach Todd Harbour. Six of Couts' titles have come in individual events and six in relay events. Due to his injury sustained in the 200-meter finals, Couts did not get a chance to move into a four-way tie for first all-time at Baylor in relay titles. However, he is now sole possession of second all-time at Baylor in individual event titles. Raoul Howard, Michael Johnson and Corey Williams currently share the school mark for relay titles at seven, while Harbour sits atop the individual list with nine. ... Also, senior Bayano Kamani moved into the top 10 lists in total titles and relay titles, he now has eight total titles, six in relay events.
Roessler breaks school weight throw record
Junior Rachal Roessler placed third at the Big 12 Championships in the women's 20-pound weight throw with a mark of 51-9 3/4. In doing so, she broke her own school record of 49-3 3/4 set last season at the Gator Invitational. Roessler, a native of Lorena, Texas, was one of six Baylor women to earn points at the conference meet.
Baylor men earn third Athlete of the Week honor
Baylor's men's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Bayano Kamani, sophomore Zsolt Szeglet, senior Floyd Thompson and senior Brandon Couts were honored as the Big 12 Conference Men's Track Athletes of the Week for the week of Feb. 12. The group of four combined to post the fastest 4x400-meter time in the world this year at three minutes, 4.50 seconds, winning the open relay at the Tyson Golden Spikes Tour in Fayetteville, Ark. The mark set both the meet and facility record and ranks as the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history and the 11th-fastest time ever in the 4x400-meters. The selection marked the third consecutive week in which the men's honor went to Baylor. Kamani and Couts were both honored in the previous two weeks, respectively.