Atkinson Leads Baylor Track & Field At TCU

(March 20, 2014) Baylor track and field senior Erin Atkinson opened her outdoor season by winning the hammer throw title at the TCU Invitational on Thursday at Lowdon Track and Field Stadium.

The St. Louis, Mo., native, posted a throw of 187-10 [57.26m], to claim the title by one inch or .03 meters over Talore Kelly of Texas State. It was the third straight season that Atkinson has claimed the TCU Invitational hammer throw crown.

Meanwhile in the discus competition, freshman Cion Hicks was fifth with a throw of 148-7 [45.29m] and senior Taylor Torres took ninth with a heave of 141-5 [43.12m].

On the men’s side, decathlete Henry Vildosola was 10th in the discus with a personal-best mark of 127-6 [38.86m]. Freshman Rhys Phillips finished 11th with a mark of 109-7 [33.41m].

· Atkinson won her sixth hammer throw event title in her third year at BU.
· Hicks and Phillips were both competing in their first collegiate discus competitions.

Baylor will be back in action at the TCU Invitational on Friday. The field events will begin at 9:30 a.m., while running events start up at 1 p.m. at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex.

5. Cion Hicks (FR), 148-7 [45.29m]
9. Taylor Torres (SR), 141-5 [43.12m]

10. Henry Vildosola (SR), 127-6 [38.86m] (personal best)
11.Rhys Phillips (FR), 109-7 [33.41m]

Hammer Throw
1. Erin Atkinson (SR), 187-10 [57.26m]