April 13, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Baylor's top-20 track and field squads will hit the trail west to the Texas Tech Open on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.
The Bears enter the meet ranked 18th on the women's side and 19th on the men's side, and will face a field that includes host Texas Tech's eighth-ranked men and 10th-ranked women. Along with BU and TTU, Oral Roberts, Eastern New Mexico, South Plains and Wayland Baptist will round out the field among others.
Action will begin at the Fuller Track and Field Complex with field events at 10 a.m. Track events will begin at 3 p.m. and will follow a rolling schedule.
Baylor enters the weekend with a total of 18 marks ranked in the top-20 in the NCAA, and numerous more among the West Region's top 48 that will be invited to the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in six weeks. Among those 18 marks in the top 20, Baylor boast nine in the top 10, including a team-high ranking of No. 5 for both Tiffani McReynolds in the 100 hurdles (12.97) and the men's 4x400-meter relay team (3:04.67)
Along with McReynolds, the Lady Bears also feature four more marks in the nation's top 10 with two coming from junior thrower Skylar White. Ranking among the nation's elite in two throwing disciplines, White enters the weekend ranked sixth in the shot put at 55 feet, 5.75 inches and 10th in the discus at 177-5.
On the men's side, the 4x400-meter relay recorded its fastest time of the year at the Texas Relays two weeks ago with the team of Justin Allen, Blake Heriot, James Gilreath and Zwede Hewitt. Hewitt also runs on Baylor's 10th-ranked 4x100-meter relay team along with Woodrow Randall, Whitney Prevost and Everett Walker, but with Randall out with an injury, Baylor will be searching for a replacement.
Walker and Heriot also rank among the best in the 200 meters, sitting in seventh and eighth, respectively. Walker has a season-best of 20.53, while Heriot is just .02 back at 20.55.