May 28, 2014
WACO, Texas - The Baylor track and field team is slated to have 28 student-athletes in action during the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark., on Thursday through Saturday.
Running Events: 4:30 p.m.
Field Events: Noon
Running Events: 5 p.m.
Field Events: 10 a.m.
Running Events: 6 p.m.
Field Events: 10 a.m.
Baylor will have a total of 34 entries in the field at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. The women will have 22 entries while men have 12 with each vying for a top-12 spot that earns berth to the NCAA Finals site in Eugene, Ore. June 11-14.
Baylor is currently ranked No. 12 in the NCAA on the women's side and No. 15 on the men's side. The BU women are one of five Big 12 teams in the top 25, while the BU men are one of the league's four in the top 25.
This week Baylor has 19 marks that are in the top 12 of the West Preliminary standings, including two times that lead the region. Freshman sensation Trayvon Bromell
owns the NCAA's second-fastest 100-meter time at 10.01, while senior Tiffani McReynolds
leads the nation with a 100-hurdle mark at 12.63.
Throughout the season and at the conference meet, Baylor has been led by its hurdle crews. Besides McReynolds, Baylor will have Bryce Grace
(110 hurdles), TJ Holmes
(400 hurdles) and Taije Jordan
(100 hurdles) in action.
BU has four athletes competing in two individual events: Ashley Fields
(100, 200 meters), Kehri Jones
(100, 200 meters), McReynolds (100 meters, 100 hurdles) and Everett Walker
(100 meters, 200 meters).
In three events, Baylor has three entries, including the women's 100 (McReynolds, Fields, Jones) and 200 meters (Fields, Jones, Justise Dayries
) and the men's 200 meters (Blake Heriot
, Walker, Alex Reece
The Bears have all four of their relay teams qualified for the preliminary rounds as the men's 4x1 team is 2nd-best in the region and a 4x4 crew that has seen its share of injuries is 10th. On the women's side, the sprint-relay quartet is 10th-best and the 4x4 unit is sixth in the region.
Decathlete Henry Vildosola
has already clinched his spot in Eugene, Ore. The multi-events are not contested at in the preliminary rounds and instead the 24 highest scores in the country make the final site. Vildosola's 7,344 points scored at the Big 12 Championships moved him into the 24th spot.
In its last meet, Baylor's women placed second and the men were fourth at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship in Lubbock. It tied for the highest team finish ever by the women and was the men's best since 2001.
Baylor had six individual event champions at the conference meet and totaled 54 All-Big 12 honors at the league championship, coming from a total of 34 competitors who placed in their respective event's top eight. Baylor's women garnered 30, while the men posted 24.
"You just have to be ready. Your motivation is I want to be at Oregon. That's the deal. This is our survival time. We're fortunate that we have some athletes high enough on that list that they should be there. Barring injury and just no crazy things happening, we could have maybe the best group we've taken to the NCAA meet, the finals. So, we're excited about that. I think we're peaking at the right time if we can just have a good meet, get everybody there. And hopefully we're set up." - head coach Todd Harbour
Live results for the 2014 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds can be found at www.FlashResults.com. Complete meet recaps can be found at the conclusion of each day of competition at www.BaylorBears.com. There will be a live broadcast of the meet on ArkansasRazorbacks.com starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, 5 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
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