April 3, 2014
FLORIDA MEET CENTRAL | STANFORD MEET CENTRAL
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor track and field team will travel outside of Texas for the first time during its outdoor season as 47 athletes head to the 75th Pepsi Florida Relays, in Gainesville, Fla., for action on Friday and Saturday.
Four other BU women's distance runners will compete on Friday at the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.
"This is our second straight season to go to the Florida Relays," head coach Todd Harbour said. "It is a good meet from the standpoint that individual events come on Friday and then the relays are on Saturday. I think that way you can get some stuff done on Friday and have a little fun on the second day. We are trying to get a few more people high up on the national qualifier lists. We are hoping to do that both in Florida and out at Stanford. This should be a good weekend for us."
From the preseason rankings that will be updated following this weekend's action, the Baylor men and women both go into the meet ranked in the top 25. The men are currently ranked No. 17, while the women are listed 25th.
Action on Friday at James G. Pressly Stadium will get underway with field events at 11 a.m. CT and running events at 11:35 a.m. On Saturday, field events start at 9 a.m. with running events beginning at 11 a.m.
The Baylor men will have 21 total competitors at the meet, including two Florida natives Trayvon Bromell and TJ Holmes.
Bromell has been the talk of the track world over the past week as he currently owns the world's fastest time in the 100-meter dash at 10.01. The freshman from St. Petersburg, Fla., captured the Texas Relays title with that time on Saturday, while tying the World Junior record in the event. For his efforts, he was named the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week. Bromell will again run the 100 meters on Friday at 1:40 p.m. He currently owns the fastest 100 and 200-meter times in the NCAA this season.
Senior Blake Heriot has the nation's second-fastest 200-meter time at 20.45, but is scheduled to run the 400 meters in Florida. Bromell and Heriot are both part of BU's 4x100-meter relay team along with Everett Walker and Alex Reece. That crew owns the third-fastest time in the country this year at 39.09.
Other men's performers ranked in the top-20 nationally include: Bryce Grace in the 110-hurdles, who is 14th with a time of 13.98, and Blake Mayberry, who is 18th in the javelin with a heave of 225-2 [68.64m].
In Florida, the BU women are slated to have 26 athletes in action. Sophomore Brianna Richardson has been an early bright spot for the Lady Bears. She has the nation's fourth-best triple jump at 42-3.25 [12.88m].
After being out of outdoor competition for almost two years, Tiffani McReynolds is seventh in the 100-hurdles at 13.14, while teammate Taije Jordan is 19th in 13.47.
In the field events for the Baylor women, Annie Rhodes' pole vault is 15th-best in the country, measuring13-5.25 [4.10m] and Erin Atkinson is 13th in the hammer with a mark of 197-4 [60.16m].
Last year at the Florida Relays, Felix Obi won the triple jump and Erin Atkinson set a school-record on her way to capturing the hammer throw title
The official Twitter hashtag for the Pepsi Florida Relays is #FLRelays14. Live video streaming can be found exclusively on Flotrack. The live stream will be available to all Flotrack Pro members. A full recap of Baylor's action at the meet at the end of each can be found at BaylorBears.com.
A complete schedule, heat sheets and live results from the Florida Relays can be accessed on the event central page: http://www.gatorzone.com/trackfield/floridarelays/
Four other Baylor women's distance runners will head west to compete at the 30th-annual Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.
BU will have Mariah Kelly and Maggie Montoya running in the 1,500 meters, while Alex Davis will run the 5,000-meter event. Rachel Johnson will make her season-debut in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. All of those events are scheduled to take place on Friday at the Cobb Track.
Johnson currently owns the 11th-fastest 1,500-meter time (4:22.31) in the country, but will be competing in the steeplechase event for the first time in 2014.
Following action this weekend, Baylor is scheduled to have athletes in action at the Texas Invitational in Austin on Saturday, April 12.
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