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Track Heads to Big 12 Outdoor Championships

May 15, 2001

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Big 12 Outdoor Championships
Anderson Track Complex * College Station, Texas

Wednesday: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. (multis only)
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Note: For a complete meet schedule, please visit the Texas A&M athletics website at

Teams Competing: Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

2000 Champions: Nebraska (men), Nebraska (women).

Results: Available online at (Texas A&M) or at (Big 12 Conference).

Television: Fox Sports Net Southwest will be televising this year's championships on a tape-delayed basis. The broadcast is scheduled to air May 25 at noon, May 26 at 3 p.m., May 27 at 4 a.m. and May 31 at 8 p.m.

Baylor heads to College Station for Big 12 Outdoor Championships
Baylor's men's and women's track and field teams will return to action this week, traveling 90 miles southeast along Texas Highway 6 to College Station, Texas, for the 2001 Big 12 Conference Outdoor Championships. The men finished fifth and the women placed seventh at last year's conference championships, held at Missouri. This will be the championships' first visit to Texas A&M in the conference's five-year history. Festivities will get underway Wednesday at the Frank G. Anderson Track and Field Complex, located just off of George Bush Drive. Heptathlon and decathlon events, as well as a few selected running events, will be staged Wednesday and Thursday, the bulk of the meet will begin Friday with finals Saturday. For a complete meet schedule and live updated results, visit the Texas A&M athletics website at, or the Big 12 Conference website at

Baylor in 38th season under Hart
Clyde Hart is in his 38th season as the head coach of Baylor's track and field program. In his tenure at BU, Hart has firmly established the Bear program as one of the best in the nation. Since 1985, 16 Baylor athletes have won 51 NCAA Championships, including two last season. An men's assistant coach for Team USA at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Hart has coached eight World Record holders and seven NCAA record holders. In 1996, he was named Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee. That year, he coached Michael Johnson to Gold Medals in the 200 meters and the 400 meters at the Games of the 26th Olympiad in Atlanta, Ga. Hart was also named NCAA Indoor Coach of the Year in 1996 after garnering such honors in 1989. A four-time Southwest Conference Indoor Coach of the Year, Hart has seen 14 of his male athletes finish in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships. He has established Baylor as "Quarter-Mile U." after producing 10 4x400-meter relay national champions and three 400-meter national champions.

Last year at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships
Baylor claimed four conference titles at the 2000 Big 12 Conference Outdoor Championships, held at Missouri. On the women's side, Barbara Petrahn gave Baylor its first-ever female conference champion in the outdoor 400 meters with a time of 52.32 seconds. It was also Petrahn's first-career individual conference title. The men picked up three titles. Brandon Couts finished first in the 200 meters and Bayano Kamani captured the 400-meter hurdles. Couts also joined Peter Hauser, Zsolt Szeglet and Floyd Thompson to win the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:03.47. The men's team finished fifth at the meet with 81.50 points, while the women's team total of 53 points placed seventh.

Baylor history at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships
With its four titles at the 2000 championships, Baylor has now won 18 Big 12 titles since the conference's inception (1997 championships). The women have claimed seven titles (six individual, one relay) and the men have won 11 titles (seven individual, four relay). Baylor has claimed the men's 4x400-meter relay in each of the last three seasons (4x440-yard relay in 1999).

Top Baylor individuals at the Big 12 Championships
Senior Brandon Couts holds the Big 12 Conference and Baylor records with 14-career conference titles, eight of those have come at outdoor championships. In outdoor competition, Couts has won the 200 meters (1998, 2000) and the 400 meters (1998, 1999) individually, and he has been a part of Big 12 champion relay teams in the 4x100-meters (1998), the 4x440-yards (1999) and the 4x400-meters (1998, 2000). Couts also has indoor conference titles in the 200 meters (1999), the 400 meters (2000, 2001) and with the 4x400 team (1998, 1999, 2000). Senior Bayano Kamani has claimed eight-career Big 12 titles. Four of those were during the outdoor season: 400-meter hurdles (1999, 2000) and with the 4x400 team (1999, 2000). All four of Kamani's indoor titles have come with the 4x400 team. Junior Barbara Petrahn is the only athlete on the women's team to have won more than one Big 12 title, she was the outdoor 400 champion last year and was the anchor for Baylor's 4x400 team that won the indoor title in 2000.

Athletes to compete at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships
Women: Stephanie Bennett (1500, steeplechase), Cynthia Benson (high jump), Keisa Brown (400), Candace Carroll (100 hurdles), Kim Cook (steeplechase), Chava Demart (400 hurdles), Rebecca Denham (pole vault), Eboni Hammond (discus), Alisha Hooker (100 hurdles), Tamara Johnson (200), Ssereta Lafayette (100, 200), Leah Marbach (steeplechase), Lanie Millar (800), Kara Newton (5000, 10,000), Kerry O'Bric (heptathlon, long jump), Barbara Petrahn (200, 400), Rachal Roessler (discus, shot put, hammer), Rachel Tibbs (400), Jordan Willmann (heptathlon), Tiffany Wise (400).
Men: Alex Adler (5000, 10,000), Jim Autenreith (pole vault), Ferenc Bekesi (1500, 5000), Jon Capron (800), Matt Chance (1500, 5000), Brandon Couts (200, 400), Damian Davis (800), Randy Davis (100, 200), Nick Devenport (1500), Charley Donaldson (pole vault), Martin Dossett (110 hurdles, 200), Barrett Hall (800), T.J. Henderson (pole vault), Sky Jones (pole vault), Bayano Kamani (400 hurdles), Joel Martin (400), Jonathan Pike (800), Michael Smith (400 hurdles), Zsolt Szeglet (200, 400), Floyd Thompson (800), Aaron Ward (5000, 10,000), Korey Wright (800).

Couts named Big 12 Conference Male Co-Athlete of the Week
Senior Brandon Couts was named Big 12 Conference Track and Field Co-Male Athlete of the Week Monday by the conference office. A nine-time all-American, Couts shares this week's honor with Christian Cantwell of Missouri, Colorado distance runner Kara Grgas-Wheeler earned the weekly award on the women's side. Couts, the owner of a Big 12 record 14-career conference titles, reached NCAA provisional qualifying standards in the 200 meters last Thursday at the Texas A&M All-Comers Meet with a time of 20.58 seconds. That time is tied for the 13th-fastest this season in the NCAA and makes Couts the fifth-fastest 400-meter male athlete in school history. The defending Big 12 outdoor champion in the 200 meters, Couts now has the fastest times in the conference this season in both the 200 and the 400. He has reached NCAA provisional qualification standards in both events, ranking 15th nationally in the 400. Couts joins Bayano Kamani and Floyd Thompson as Baylor winners of the male athlete of the week award during the outdoor season. Barbara Petrahn and Lanie Millar have both been so honored on the women's side, meaning Baylor has won at least one of the two awards in each of the last seven weeks.

Millar establishes school 800-meter record
Lanie Millar, a junior walk-on that has earned scholarship for next season, established a school record in the 800 meters at the Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Her time of 2:06.66 -- an NCAA provisional mark -- was good enough for sixth. Millar, who turned in a time of 2:14.40 in her first 800 meters this season March 16 at the UTSA Relays, has won four of six 800-meter races in which she has competed this season, finishing sixth at the Cardinal and at the Drake Relays.

Demart lowers own school 400-meter hurdles record
Chava Demart lowered her own school record in the 400-meter hurdles at the Texas Invitational with a time of 58.82 seconds. Her mark of 58.93 seconds at the Michael Johnson Classic was easily below the previous school mark of 59.34 set by Qing Qing Pan during the 1992 campain.

Bears establish 4x800 meet record, 4x1500 school mark at Texas Relays
The Baylor quartet of Damian Davis, Jonathan Pike, Nick Devenport and Floyd Thompson established a 4x800-meter relay meet record at the 74th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays with a time of 7:25.40. It marked the fourth time Baylor has won the 4x800 title at the Texas Relays and the first time since 1994. Meanwhile, the 4x1,500-meter relay team of Ferenc Bekesi, Jon Capron, Matt Chance and Devenport combined for a Baylor-record time of 15:40.08 and a fourth-place finish. That time was more than nine seconds better than the previous school mark.

Bears finish indoor season ranked eighth in Trackwire poll
Baylor's men's indoor track team ranked eighth in the final indoor Trackwire Top 25. The Bears were ranked no lower than ninth throughout the season and reached as high as seventh, spending the majority of the season in eighth.

Kamani takes third in 400 meters at Nationals
Senior Bayano Kamani earned his seventh all-America honor with a third-place finish in the 400 meters at the NCAA Indoor National Championships. His time of 46.20 won the first section of the finals and placed third in the two-section race. It was a personal-best time for Kamani, who was the 400-meter hurdles outdoor national champion in 1999.

Injury keeps Couts out of National Championships
2000 indoor 400-meter national champion Brandon Couts did not get a chance to defend his title at the 2001 Indoor National Championships. The Greenville, Texas, native was sidelined with a hamstring injury he sustained during the 200-meter finals at the Big 12 Championships. Couts, who had already won the 400-meter title, pulled up 70 meters into the race, halfway down the first straightaway, he was able to finish the race, placing seventh. Head coach Clyde Hart said having Couts compete was not wise due to the possibility of further injury, which would jeopardize his availability for the outdoor season.

Couts claims Baylor conference title record
Senior Brandon Couts claimed his 14th-career Big 12 Conference title two weeks ago in winning the 400 meters. Couts now owns both the conference and school records for career conference championships. Seven of Couts' titles have come in individual events and seven in relay events.

Roessler breaks school weight throw record
Junior Rachal Roessler placed third at the Big 12 Championships in the women's 20-pound weight throw with a mark of 51-9 3/4. In doing so, she broke her own school record of 49-3 3/4 set last season at the Gator Invitational. Roessler, a native of Lorena, Texas, was one of six Baylor women to earn points at the conference meet.



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