May 1, 2009
WACO, Texas -
BAYLOR TRACK SET FOR TEXAS INVITE
The Baylor men's and women's track and field teams hit the road this weekend as the Bears travel to Austin, Texas for the Texas Invitational. Baylor is coming off a solid performance last weekend at the 100th Drake Relays. The Bears won three relay titles and added two individual championships as well. Live results for the Texas Invitational can be found online at www.TexasSports.com. A complete meet recap can be found at the conclusion of the meet at www.BaylorBears.com.
LAST TIME AT THE TEXAS INVITATIONAL
Baylor has never competed at the Texas Invitational, but earlier this season the Bears ran at the Texas Relays. The Baylor men's and women's track and field teams won three relay titles on Saturday, bringing their weekend total to four relay championships at the 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The four relay titles are the most in Baylor history at one Texas Relays. Last season, Baylor won three relay titles (men's 4x200 and 4x400, women's sprint medley). Baylor won two relay titles at Texas Relays on three other occasions. In 2001, the men's team won the 4x400- and the 4x800-meter relays. In 1995, the Bears won the 4x200- and 4x400-meter relay, and captured the 4x200- and 4x800-meter relays in 1994. The men's 4x400-meter relay won its 38th-straight race against NCAA competition, clocking a world-leading time of 3:02.68. The Bears win their 18th 4x400-meter relay in Texas Relays history, extending its all-time lead at the meet. Texas ranks second in Texas Relays history with 13 4x400-meter relay titles, though the Longhorns have not won a 4x400-meter relay title since 1979. In that same time span Baylor has claimed 16 titles. The Bears swept the distance medley relays as the men's squad won its first-ever title in the event, while the women won for the second time ever and the first since 2006. The women clocked a time of 11:24.10, the fifth-fastest time in Baylor history. Erin Bedell was content to stay in second place for the first three laps of the 1,600-meter leg. As the Rice anchor made a move from third place with 200 meters to go, Bedell followed and out-sprinted Rice, splitting 4:46, including a 64-second final lap, to win by two seconds. The men's squad recorded a time of 9:49.31, a season-best time. Chris Gowell, who anchored Baylor to a win in the sprint medley relay on Friday night, formed a pack with Texas, and later USC, holding the lead. Gowell started his kick at 200 meters and left the field, splitting 4:06 over 1,600 meters, to win the race by two full seconds.
LAST TIME OUT
Baylor won their fifth-straight Drake Relays title in the men's 4x400-meter relay and Trey Harts won the men's 100 meters on the final day of competition at the 100th Drake Relays. For the weekend, Baylor won three relay and two individual titles, bringing its total to 16 Drake Relays titles over the past three years. After a record-setting day of weather on Friday, where the temperature reached 85 degrees for just the sixth time in Drake Relays history, Saturday was a mixture of cold and windy temperatures and a steady rain throughout the day. Harts won the men's 100 meters with a personal-best time of 10.30 with an NCAA-legal wind of 2.2 meters per second. The time ranks as the ninth-fastest in Baylor history, and ranks him 12th in the nation entering the weekend. The win is the fifth all-time for Baylor in the 100 meters at the Drake Relays, and the first since Tre Gardner won in 1999 with a time of 10.52. Jessica Gregory took third in the women's 100 meters with a time of 11.78. The Baylor men won their fifth-straight Drake Relays title in the 4x400-meter relay and have now won 18 of the last 21 titles at the event. The Bears also won their 40th-straight race against collegiate competition with a time of 3:05.11, more than two and a half seconds better than the next closest finisher.