May 17, 2012
WACO, Texas - Baylor track and field head coach Todd Harbour announced the signing of state champion high jumper Allex Austin to a National Letter of Intent for the 2012-13 academic year on Thursday.
Austin, a native of San Marcos, Texas, joins a group that now consists of seven signees on the men's side to bring the 2012-13 recruiting class total to 12. With addition of Austin, the men's class now covers an even wider variety of events having already signed hurdler Bryce Grace (McKinney, Texas), sprinter Alex Reece (Houston, Texas), quartermilers Isaiah Duke (Edmond, Okla.) and Richard Gary (Duncanville, Texas), miler Chris McElroy (Kingsport, Tenn.) and triple jumper Felix Obi (El Paso, Texas).
"We are so excited to have Allex join this group," Harbour said. "We feel very honored and blessed to have signed him. Allex comes from a super family and Coach (Stacey) Smith did a great job of bringing in some of the best jumpers in the nation."
Austin signed with Baylor fresh off a state high jump title at the Texas UIL 5A State Track Championship. The San Marcos High School senior cleared 7-0 to earn the victory over Baylor football signee Kaleb Moore, who cleared 6-11 to finish second.
Austin, who is ranked No. 1 among high schoolers in the nation with his clearance of 7-1 earlier this season at the Texas Southern Relays, has now claimed the district, regional and state titles in the high jump each of the last two seasons. Last season, he cleared a career-best 7-2 at the Texas UIL District 25-5A meet.
SIGNEES WINNING MORE STATE TITLES
Along with Austin, two more Baylor signees, Felix Obi and Brianna Richardson, each claimed state titles in the jumping events. Richardson claimed the Texas UIL 4A state title in both the long jump and triple jump last weekend in Austin, Texas. She used a leap of 18-10.5 to win the long jump and 40-5.25 to win the triple jump. Richardson is ranked No. 3 in the U.S. in the triple jump with a season-best of 42-0 and No. 19 in the long jump at 19-0.25.
Meanwhile, Obi, a triple jumper who will join the BU men, had a career-best performance of 50-11.25 to win the state meet. He also took fourth in the long jump at state with a leap of 23-2.5.
Dallas Adams High School product, Bryce Grace, continued his domination in the 110 hurdles, finishing off an undefeated season in the event with a state 4A title in a time of 13.79. Grace owns the top-ranked time in Texas and the sixth-best time nationally.
Another signee, Duncanville's (Texas) Richard Gary, anchored his team to the Texas state 5A title in the 4x400-meter relay with an anchor leg of 47.09. Gary's future quarter-mile teammate Isaiah Duke also took home a state championship, claiming the 400 meters at the Oklahoma 6A State Championship with a time of 48.46. Duke has a season-best of 47.54 from earlier this season.
Along with Moore, two more Baylor football signees placed at the Texas state track meets. Javonte Magee, from Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, earned a second-place finish in the 3A discus throw with a toss of 182-10. Corey Coleman, from Pearce High School in Richardson, earned a sixth-place finish in the 4A high jump with clearance of 6-4.