May 26, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor's track and field team will be represented by 26 student-athletes at the NCAA West Region meet in Austin, Texas, on May 27-29.
The Baylor sprint crew will be well represented on both the men's and women's sides. Along with each 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay, the men and women will each feature sprinters in the 100, 200, and 400 meters. For the men, Marcus Boyd, Whitney Prevost, Courtney Thomas, and Trey Harts combine for the 4x100, while Harts and Boyd join forces with Zwede Hewitt and Michael Liggins for the 4x400-meter relay. The men enter the meet ranked second in both relays.
All six will compete in individual events with a Thomas in the 100 (10.55) and Harts and Prevost in the 200 with season bests of 20.57 and 20.73. Both are ranked in the top 10 enter the meet with Harts having the second-fastest entry mark. Boyd, Liggins, and Hewitt will all compete in the 400 with top 15 times. Boyd is ranked sixth with a time of 45.69, while Liggins is the 11th-fastest at 46.08 and Hewitt is ranked 13th at 46.14.
For the women, DeAna Carson, Tiffany Townsend, Tiana Hood, and Brittany Carr combine for the 4x100 and will each compete in individual events. Hood and Townsend pair with Diamond Richardson and Brittany Bruce in the women's 4x400-meter relay team. The women are ranked in the top six in both relays.
Carson, an All-American last season, enters in the long jump with a season-best of 20-7, while Townsend enters with top-six marks in both the 100 meters (11.35) and 200 meters (23.07). Hood enters in the 200 meters with a season-best of 24.52, while Carr will compete in the 100 after running a time of 11.72 at last weekend's Big 12 Championships. Richardson and Bruce will each enter the 400 meters, with Richardson entering ranked sixth in the field with a time of 52.71, while Bruce comes in with a season-best of 55.00. Freshman Christina Holland will race in the 400-meter hurdles, where she has a season-best of 57.94.
The Baylor men also have a strong contingent in the 800 meters, led by senior All-American Chris Gowell with a season-best of 1:48.96. Sophomore James Gilreath (1:49.36) and freshman Gavyn Nero (1:49.67) join Gowell in the half-mile. In the 400 hurdles, freshman Chance Casey holds a season-best of 50.65, while teammate Thaddeus Gordon has a best of 51.79 to earn a spot in the field.
The Lady Bears will also have strong representation in the distance events led by fourth-ranked senior Erin Bedell in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:03.81). Also in the steeplechase, newcomer to the event Kristen Hanselka, will be in the field with a season-best of 10:28.96. Sophomore Cate Westenhover will represent Baylor in the 5,000 meters (16:53.09), while Samantha Patty will be in the 10,000-meter field with a time of 34:56.90.
Freshman Skylar White has put together one of the more impressive throwing seasons in Baylor women's history, breaking the shot put record three times with a best toss of 50-10.75, and nearing the discus school record with a throw of 168-11. She will enter the regionals in both events ranked in the top 20.
Also In the field events, Nick Lyons will be the lone member on the men's side after breaking his own school record in the javelin earlier this season with a toss of 239 feet, seven inches. For the women, Carson will be in the long jump field (20-7), Jessica Ubanyionwu will be in the triple jump (41-3.25), and Dess Meek will be in the high jump (5-9.25).
First rounds of the championships will occur in Austin, Texas (west site) and Greensboro, N.C. (east site) on May 27-29. Final rounds of the championships will be contested in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12.