April 4, 2013
WACO, Texas - The Baylor track and field team will travel outside of Texas this weekend for the only time during its outdoor regular season as 40 Baylor athletes head to the 69th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays, in Gainesville, Fla., for action on Friday and Saturday.
"This is our first time to go to the Florida Relays, so we are excited to take a good group down there and represent Baylor well," head coach Todd Harbour said. "A lot of our athletes are now recovered from the long indoor season and are rounding into outdoor form, so we are expecting some good things this weekend."
Action starts at 10 a.m. on both days in the meet hosted by the University of Florida at the Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.
For the first time in the 2013 outdoor season, the Baylor men and women both go into a meet ranked in the top 25 by the USTFCCCA. The men are currently ranked No. 23, while the women are listed 14th.
The host Gators will be the highest ranked team at the meet with the men at No. 3 and the women ranked No. 4. Other ranked programs on the men's side include No. 6 Florida State, No. 8 Southern California, No. 11 Ole Miss, No. 17 Indiana and No. 25 Oklahoma State. On the women's side, other ranked teams BU will face are No. 6 Texas, No. 12 UCF, No. 19 Georgia and No. 25 Southern California.
The Baylor men will have 19 total competitors at the meet, taking part in 13 different events. Currently, the Bears have three marks in the top-20 in the NCAA this season.
BU's 4x400-meter relay team leads that trio of marks with the country's third-best time in the event. Blake Heriot, Joe Barb, Drew Seale and Richard Gary took third at the Texas Relays last week in 3:03.90 to record the mark.
Individually, Felix Obi has broken the school record in the triple jump in both meets he has competed in during the outdoor season. His current mark of 52-9.25 is fourth-best in the NCAA this year.
On the women's side 21 athletes will represent BU in 16 different events in the Sunshine State. The Lady Bears have 10 marks in the NCAA's top 20.
At the quarter-mile distance, Raena Rhone has the fifth-fastest time in the country at 53.42.
Skylar White has two-top 20 marks as she is seventh in the discus at 177-0 and has the 16th-best shot put throw at 52-6.
Erin Atkinson set a school record last week and now has the fourth-best hammer throw heave of 211-5.
To round out Baylor's top-20 marks, Brianna Richardson has the nation's 16th-best triple jump with a leap of 41-8.5.
The official Twitter hashtag for the Pepsi Florida Relays is #FLRelays. Live video streaming can be found exclusively on Flotrack. The live stream will be available to all Flotrack Pro members. Live results for the meet may be found at www.deltatiming.com. Complete coverage of the Pepsi Florida Relays can be found at www.gatorzone.com/trackfield/floridarelays. A full recap of Baylor's action at the meet at the end of each can be found at BaylorBears.com.
Baylor will return to Texas after the Florida Relays to compete in the Texas Invitational on Sat., April 13.
Follow Baylor track and field's official Twitter feed, @BaylorTrack, for updates and information throughout the meet.