April 23, 2014
WACO, Texas -
After missing the meet last season, Baylor's track and field team will again return to the Drake Relays for competition Thursday through Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
"We are very, very excited to go back to the Drake Relays," head coach Todd Harbour said. "It was a tough one to miss last year, but we are excited to be taking a good group up there this year. Before our stretch drive with the conference and NCAA meets, this will be an opportunity for our athletes to have a little fun and compete hard in some relays."
BU has traveled to the event in 22 of the last 24 years. This season, Baylor is slated to have 18 men and 22 women in action over the three-day meet. In the latest USTFCCCA rankings, the men are listed at No. 13, while the women are 18th.
The Baylor contingent of distance runners will open the meet for the Bears with competition on Thursday evening starting at 8:10 p.m. Action for BU will begin again on Friday with the hurdlers running at 9:30 a.m., followed by the field events at 10 a.m. On Saturday, the hammer throw kicks things off at 9 a.m. with the sprint medley relay opening the running events at 10 a.m.
This will be Baylor's third "relays" meet of the season, after competing at the Texas and Florida Relays. The Bears are set to have five relay teams on the women's side (4x100, 4x400, 4x800, sprint medley and distance medley), while the men will have four in action (4x100, 4x400, sprint medley and distance medley).
Last week at its only home meet of the season, the Bears racked up nine event wins at the Michael Johnson Classic, closing out the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex in style.
Currently, Baylor has nine performers that rank inside the top-20 in the NCAA for 2014.
On the men's side, freshman Trayvon Bromell continues to own the fastest 100-meter time in the country at 10.01. He won the 200-meter event at the Michael Johnson Classic last week, but his title-winning time of 20.23 at the TCU Invitational was faster and is still fourth-fastest in the country. This week, Bromell won't run any individual events and instead just run legs on the 4x1 and sprint medley relays.
Senior Blake Heriot has the eighth-best time at the 200-meter distance in 20.45. He will run on the 4x1 and 4x4 relay squads at Drake.
That men's 4x100-relay team of Bromell, Heriot, Everett Walker and Alex Reece are the country's fifth-fastest quartet at 39.09.
For the women, Tiffani McReynolds holds the sixth-best mark in the 110-hurdle event in 12.98. She will run her signature event at Drake, after winning the event last week in 13.04 at the Michael Johnson Classic.
Rachel Johnson is third nationally in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record time of 9:49.31. She didn't run the event a week ago at the Michael Johnson Classic, but did take the title in the 1,500 meters.
Waco-product Annie Rhodes is ninth in the pole vault with a leap of 14-0 [4.27m]. Meanwhile, Brianna Richardson is 15th in the triple jump, after a jump of 42-3.25 [12.88m] at the Texas Relays.
In the relays, the Baylor women are 16th-best in the 4x400-meter event with a time of 3:34.85 by Alyssa Nichols, Ashley Fields, Olicia Williams and Raena Rhone.
After this meet, Baylor will again travel back to Austin, Texas, for its third meet in the state's capital. The Bears will compete in the Longhorn Invitational on Saturday, May 3.
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