FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (February 9, 2013) -- Freshman Felix Obi tallied the longest triple jump in program history for the second time in three weeks as the Baylor track and field team closed out the Tyson Invitational on Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
The El Paso, Texas-product produced a leap of 52-5.5 on his third jump of the day to take fifth in the competition. The mark is currently best in the Big 12 and sixth-best in the country. Two weeks ago at the Razorback Invitational, Obi broke the school record for the first time by recording a leap of 52-4.5 in the same location.
“Felix had a great day and got our second school record in two days, which was really special,” head coach Todd Harbour. “Overall it was a really solid day. We had some personal records, some more athletes that continued to improve and we stayed healthy.”
Obi’s marked closed out a successful day for Baylor’s triple jumpers as his counterpart on the women’s side also had a record-setting day.
Brianna Richardson set a personal-record with a leap of 41-1.50 to take eighth. That mark is currently second in the Big 12 and 23rd in the NCAA. There are only two people, Stacey (Bowers) Smith and Jessica Ubanyionwu that have ever recorded better jumps than Richardson in Baylor history.
In the 4x400-meter relay, the Baylor men finished sixth in the Invite division with a time of 3:10.89. The group of Isaiah Duke, Blake Heriot, Drew Seale and Richard Gary turned in their second-best time of the year. In the college division of the event, Baylor’s second team, Joe Barb, Everett Walker, Alex Reece and Hayden Loudenslager, was eighth in 3:14.86.
Competing in the college division, Baylor’s 4x400 women’s team finished second with a season-best time of 3:37.98. The squad of Christina Holland, Ashley Fields, Olicia Williams and Raena Rhone now has the third-best time in the Big 12 and the 13th-best in the country.
“Our women’s 4x4 team was definitely one of the highlights of the day as they improved a ton on their season-best mark,” Harbour said. “That run put us up into contention to get into the NCAA meet, so I thought that was big for our ladies.”
The large part of Saturday’s competition was spent on a combined 28 heats in the men’s and women’s 200-meters. Baylor had three competitors on each side.
Having already recorded the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA this year at 20.81, senior Everett Walker was only slightly off that mark with a time of 20.99 to finish third out of 51 competitors. Walker’s teammates, Blake Heriot (21.74) and Alex Reece (22.05), finished26th and 36th, respectively.
On the women’s side in the event, Justise Dayries ran a personal-best time of 24.24 to finish 23rd, while Ashley Fields was 29th in 24.37 and Kehri Jones had personal-record time of 24.84 to take 50th out of 82.
Senior Skylar White had a third-place showing in the shot put. Her heave of 53-10.25 was her fourth-best on the year, but she continued her string of finishing inside the top-five of all the meets Baylor has attended.
Freshman Kaylyn Schultz posted a personal-best jump of 5-3.75 in the high jump to place ninth. Her teammates, Lauren Cook (5-3.75) and Jessica Shadley (5-1.75), were right behind her in 10th and 11th, respectively.
In men’s shot put competition, Desmine Hilliard threw 51-4.25 to finish 22nd.
In the 3000-meter Invite division, Baylor’s Mariah Kelly turned in a 10:02.98, to take 11th.
Baylor will now take next week off before traveling to the Big 12 Indoor Championships, Feb. 22-23, in Ames, Iowa.