INDIANAPOLIS - Baylor's track and field teams will be represented by 34 entries and 29 athletes in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships next week at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.
BU will have 21 entries on the women's side and 13 more on the men's side vying for a chance to get into the top 12 in their respective events and earn a berth to the championship finals site in Eugene, Ore. At the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, competitors in individual events will be pared from 48 to 24 in the first round and then down to 12 in the second round.
The 21 women's entries tie a program record set in 2014, while the 34 overall selections are second-most in the current NCAA West format, after the 36 that BU had in 2010.
The Baylor women will have 19 entries in individual events, along with both the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays. Of those entries, Baylor has 12 currently ranked among the top 12 in the West region.
On the men's side, Baylor has 10 in individual events and both relays as well. The Bears have seven currently ranked among the region's top 12.
The Bears have two athletes, who are ranked No. 1 in their event going into the regional meet. Felix Obi owns the region's top triple jump mark at 54-8.25 [16.67m], but he hasn't competed since the Baylor Invitational on April 8 due to a nagging injury. Meanwhile, Annie Rhodes set a school record, while winning the Big 12 title in the pole vault with a nation's best clearance of 15-1.5 [4.61m].
BU has four athletes competing in two individual events: Taylor Bennett (100, 200 meters), Cion Hicks (discus, shot put), Kiana Horton (100, 200 meters), Juanita Mainoo (100 meters, 200 meters), and Maxwell Willis (100 meters, 200 meters).
In two events, Baylor has three entries, including the women's 100 (Bennett, Horton, Mainoo) and 200 meters (Bennett, Horton, Mainoo).
Baylor's participation in the NCAA West Preliminary Round will begin on Thursday, May 25, at 11 a.m. with Rhodes in the women's pole vault, while BU will kick off the running of the women's 400-hurdles at 4:30 p.m. Friday's action for BU will begin at 12 p.m. with the women's discus and on Saturday events start at 3 p.m. with the men's triple jump.
One Baylor athlete has already clinched his spot in Eugene, Ore., at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Heptathlete Jenna Pfeiffer was the 19th accepted entry into the 24-person heptathlon field. The multi-events are not contested at the Preliminary Championships site and instead just the 24 highest scores in the country make the final site. Pfeiffer's 5,584 points scored at the Big 12 Championship was a school record and secured her spot at the national meet.
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4. Maxwell Willis (FR) - 10.03
16. Zak Curran (SR) - 1:48.60
12. Maggie Montoya (SR) - 15:55.62
14. Rhys Phillips (SR) - 13.79
5. Kiana Hawn (JR) - 57.16
37. Antwuan Musgrove (SO) - 51.83
8. Baylor (Horton, Bennett, Mainoo, King) - 44.08
9. Baylor (Wilson, London, Willis, Braxton) - 39.42
5. Baylor (Powell, Hawn, Bennett, De Souza) - 3:30.34
2. Baylor (Willis, London, Dickson, Caddick) - 3:03.11
1. Annie Rhodes (SR) - 4.61m
1. Felix Obi (SR) - 16.67m
5. Cion Hicks (SR) - 17.33m
3. Cion Hicks (SR) - 57.16m
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