April 25, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -
Four-time Olympic medalist and former Baylor All-American Jeremy Wariner
will become the fourth BU athlete to be inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame on Thursday.
"Jeremy's sophomore year of college was just phenomenal," Baylor Director of Track and Field Clyde Hart said. "He then continued on for another six years and was virtually unbeatable. He had some great races while running for Baylor at the Drake Relays. I think he is very deserving of this honor and certainly they couldn't pick a finer young man."
Wariner joins Michael Johnson (1996), Billy Payne (1998) and Deon Minor (2006) as Baylor athletes in the Hall of Fame, while Jack Patterson (1981) and Clyde Hart (1989) were inducted as coaches.
During his career, the native Texan won a silver medal in the 400 meters at the 2008 Olympics and gold in 2004. As part of the 4x400-meter relay team, he won gold medals at both Olympiads.
Besides being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Wariner will also compete at the 2013 Drake Relays as part of a 400-meter London Rematch field that already features Luguelin Santos, the silver medalist from the London games.
Wariner returns to Drake Stadium fresh after winning the 2013 USATF Indoor Championship 400-meter indoor title.
When Wariner steps into the blocks on the Blue Oval, it will be his sixth Drake Relays appearance and first since 2011 when he captured the 400 meters in 45.19 to reclaim the title he won in 2009 with a time of 45.06, the same year he went on to win silver in the event at the World Championships.
Wariner first competed in the Drake Relays as a collegian at Baylor, finishing second in the 400 meters in 2005, then winning the 200 meters in 2006 and placing second in 2007. Wariner was ranked No. 1 in the world in the 400 meters five times in a seven-year period, including four straight years (2004-07, '10) and was No. 2 in 2008 and 2009. His dominant 2010 season included clocking three of the four fastest 400 meters times in the world. Wariner's personal best of 43.45, set in 2007, is the third-fastest time ever recorded. In addition to his Olympic medals, he has claimed World Championships in the event in 2005 and 2007 to give him a resume more than worthy of a position in the Drake Relays Hall of Fame.
In two years at Baylor, Wariner won national championships in 2004 both indoors and outdoors in the 400-meters and as a member of BU's 4x400-meter relay team. He still owns both the Baylor and Big 12 records for the fastest 400-meters indoors (45.39) and outdoors (44.00)
Joining Wariner in the Drake Relays Hall of Fame is Iowa Director of Track and Field, Larry Wieczorek.
The pair will be inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame on April 25 in a ceremony in Sheslow Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Baylor will be back in action next week as the team hosts the 2013 Big 12 Championships at the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex in Waco.
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