June 18, 2013
WACO, Texas -
Nine members of Baylor's track and field team will compete this week at the USA Outdoor Championships, Thursday through Sunday, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Five BU competitors will take part in the USA Junior Championships, while four others will participate at the senior level.
The junior event will feature the top athletes in the country, ages 16-19, with the top finishers representing the USA at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia, Aug. 23-25.
BU's contingent at that event includes freshmen Bryce Grace (110m hurdles), Taije Jordan (100m hurdles), Felix Obi (triple jump), Brianna Richardson (triple jump) and Olicia Williams (800 meters).
Grace, who ran a season-best time of 13.94 at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds and took fifth in the Big 12 in the 110 hurdles, will get things started for BU at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Jordan, who is coming back from an injury that kept her out of the latter part of the outdoor season, has a season-best time of 13.52 and will run at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
After setting the school record in the triple jump with a leap of 52-9.25 earlier in the year and taking third at the Big 12 Championships, Obi will compete at 11:45 a.m. Thursday.
Obi's counterpart in the triple jump, Richardson, will jump at 1 p.m. on Thursday. In her freshman season at BU, Richardson took first at the Michael Johnson Classic with a leap of 42-6.
Williams will look to continue a successful first year at BU by running in the 800 meters at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. She had her best time of the season (2:05.20) at the NCAA West Preliminaries to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Meet.
At the senior level, redshirt freshman Ashley Fields will run in the 200 meters, while junior Blake Heriot will compete at both the 200 and 400-meter distances. Following very successful careers at Baylor, Christina Holland (400m hurdles) and Skylar White (discus) will look to continue their careers at the national meet.
On the women's side in the sprint events, Fields will run in the first round of the 200 meters at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday. She had a season-best time of 22.98 at the TCU Invitational in the first meet of the year, but ended the season by placing 11th at the NCAA Championships in 23.06.
As Baylor's only athlete to be taking part in two events, Heriot will get the senior group started by running the 400 meters at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday. He will then compete in the 200 meters at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday. Heriot finished second in both of those events at the Big 12 Championships with season-best times of 20.52 and 45.56.
By breaking her own school record at the Big 12 Championships, Holland claimed BU's only event title at the meet in a time of 56.81. She went on to finish ninth at the NCAA Championships. Holland will run in the opening round at 5:45 p.m. on Friday.
White will be the last BU athlete to get into action as the discus competition starts at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday. She finished ninth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships two weeks ago, but her season-best throw (181-0) came at the Texas Invitational in April.
All of the events on the track are slated to have three rounds at the senior level and only two at the junior level.
Several former Bears will also be in action at Drake Stadium including Marcus Boyd, Quentin Iglehart-Summers and Jeremy Wariner, who will all run the 400 meters. Tiffany Townsend, will take part in both the 100 and 200 meters.
The 2013 Championships will serve as the selection event in order to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships Aug. 10-18 in Moscow, Russia. The USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are also the final stop of the 2013 Outdoor USATF Championship Series, following stops at the Drake Relays and Penn Relays in April, the adidas Grand Prix in May and the Prefontaine Classic in June.
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