Justin Allen and Blake Heriot
April 19, 2013
WACO, Texas - Baylor's top-25 track and field squads will welcome a strong contingent of teams to Waco for the Michael Johnson Dr Pepper Classic on Saturday at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex.
The event is BU's final one, before hosting the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in two weeks. "There are a lot of things to be excited about this weekend," head coach Todd Harbour said. "We have a lot of alumni coming back for the meet and this is our final tune-up before the conference meet, so we are definitely excited.
Besides current athletes on Baylor's 17th-ranked women's team and 25th-ranked men's squad, a bevy of former Bears will also be in action. All-Americans LeJerald Betters, Marcus Boyd, Zwede Hewitt, Quentin Iglehart-Summers and Jeremy Wariner will all compete in the evening session of the 400-meters, which is scheduled to run at 6:15 p.m. Former sprinters Woodrow Randall and Jamen Sarizu will also be taking part in the meet on Saturday.
Field events will kick off the day at 9:30 a.m. with the javelin on the infield of the track and the hammer at the throwing fields a half-block northeast of the track. The afternoon section of running events will begin at noon and the evening section will start at 5 p.m. A ceremony to recognize the 18-member senior class will take place before the evening section.
General admission tickets to the event are $5 and are available for purchase at the gate.
Other teams scheduled to be in attendance include Angelo State, Texas-Tyler, Tarleton State, Sam Houston State, TCU, Abilene Christian, Stephen F. Austin, George Mason, Western Texas, Brown, Barton CC, New Mexico State, South Plains CC, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
Several other featured athletes will be competing unattached at the meet including 2013 NCAA Indoor 400-meter champion Errol Nolan of Houston and former Texas hurdler Nichole Denby, who won the NCAA Championship in the 100-hurdles and was also a Big 12 champion. All-American sprinters Dominique Duncan (Texas A&M) and Chauntae Bayne (Texas) will be running in the evening session, while TTU All-American Tori Polk will go in the afternoon session.
Currently, Baylor has nine performances that rank inside the top-20 in the NCAA for 2013.
BU's 4x400-meter relay team has the country's third-best time in the event. Blake Heriot, Joe Barb, Drew Seale and Richard Gary took third at the Texas Relays three weeks ago in 3:03.90 to record the mark.
Skylar White has two-top 20 marks as she is sixth in the discus at 181-0 and has the 10th-best shot put throw at 55-2. She set both of those marks last week at the Texas Invitational en route to winning both event titles. The marks were third and sixth-best in school history, respectively.
Erin Atkinson also won an event title last week in Austin as she broke the school-record for a fourth time this outdoor season. Her heave of 213-2 was almost two-feet longer than her previous career best.
Individually, Fields opened with a 22.98 in the 200-meters at the TCU Invitational and that still stands as seventh-best mark in the nation. At the quarter-mile distance, Blake Heriot has the 19th-fastest mark at 46.53. He recorded that time at the Florida Relays two weeks ago.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Christina Holland had a season-best time at the Florida Relays to currently rank 11th in the country at 57.63.
In the field events, Felix Obi has broken the school record in the triple jump in two of the three meets he has competed in this outdoor season. His current mark of 52-9.25 is fourth-best in the NCAA this year.
For heat sheets, updated schedules and live results visit the meet central page on BaylorBears.com.
After Saturday, Baylor will take next weekend off from competition, before hosting the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex, May 3-5.
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