June 24, 2014
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor track and field team will have four athletes in action at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, which run Thursday through Sunday in Sacramento, Calif.
Men's sprinter Everett Walker is slated to run the 100 and 200-meter dash, while on the women's side Ashley Fields (200-meter dash), Rachel Johnson (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Tiffani McReynolds (100-meter hurdles) are all set to compete.
Walker gets things started for the Baylor contingent by running in the first round of the 100-meter dash at 7:25 p.m. (9:25 p.m. CT) on Thursday. Walker's qualifying time of 10.20 came in the prelims of the Big 12 Championships, but he has run a wind-aided 9.98 this season. He ended his collegiate career by placing 15th in 10.27 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Walker's signature event, the 200-meter dash, gets under way at 11:20 a.m. (1:20 p.m. CT) on Saturday. On June 14 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Walker set a PR in the event with a time of 20.42 to take fifth.
Fields set a PR in the 200-meter dash of 22.97 at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships and followed that up with a seventh-place finish in the event at the national meet with a time of 23.20. She begins in her USA Championships run at 12:20 p.m. (2:20 p.m. CT) on Saturday.
Johnson, who owns the ninth fastest time at the event and the third-best collegiate time, will run the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Thursday at 7:50 p.m. (9:50 p.m. CT). The junior broke her own school record in the event with a time of 9:44.47 to take third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 13.
In the 100-meter hurdles, McReynolds will compete at 5:25 p.m. (7:25 p.m. CT) on Friday. She has the 11th-fastest qualifying time in the field at 12.84, but ran a 12.59 to win the Big 12 title and then turned in a 12.78 to take fourth at the NCAA meet.
Former Baylor greats Tiffany Townsend (200 meters), Marcus Boyd (400 meters), James Gilreath (800 meters) and Lauren (Hagans) Paquette (1,500 meters) will also be in action at the event.
All of the events on the track, except the 3,000-meter steeplechase are slated to have three rounds.
With no IAAF World Championships this year, participants in the USA Outdoor Track & Field will not be qualifying for a world team. However, the championships will serve as the final stop on of the 2014 Outdoor USATF Championship Series, including stops at the Penn Relays and Drake Relays in April, the Prefontaine Classic in May, and the adidas Grand Prix in June.
The meet will be held at Sacramento State University's Hornet Stadium.
Follow the official Twitter account of the team: @BaylorTrack for an inside look with results, photos and stories.