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Baylor Track Ready for Michael Johnson Invitational

Baylor Press Release:

WACO, Texas – Baylor track and field gears up to host its second home meet of the season, welcoming 11 teams to the Michael Johnson Invitational on Saturday at Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium.

The men’s hammer and women’s javelin throw will kick off field action at 9 a.m. CT. The afternoon running events begin at 1 p.m. while the evening running events start at 5 p.m. FloTrack will live stream the meet to subscribers starting at 1 p.m. CT.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, ages 2-17. All tickets are general admission. Baylor students get in free with a valid student ID.

Before the evening running events, Baylor will recognize its 14 seniors at approximately 4:30 p.m. on the track. Also, track & field alumni Terril Davis (1987-90) and Tiffany Townsend (2008-11) will be recognized as this year’s Baylor Legends presented by the Baylor “B” Association at 7:10 p.m.

The meet will feature 11 teams from across the country, including top-30 teams in No. 2 Texas Tech, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 11 Arkansas, No. 21 Baylor and No. 22 Texas on the men’s side and No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 9 Texas, No. 25 Texas Tech, No. 28 Notre Dame and No. 29 Baylor on the women’s side.

Other teams competing on Saturday include Abilene Christian, Iowa State, Northern Illinois (women), Oklahoma State and Stephen F. Austin.

Last weekend, 12 Bears competed at the Texas Invitational in Austin with two freshmen coming back with event titles. Jayson Baldridge ran a personal-best time of 51.57 in the 400-meter hurdles to win the race while Tuesdi Tidwell jumped 12’ 9.5” (3.90m) to take the pole vault title. Taylor Bennett (200m), Wil London (200m) and Maxwell Willis (100m) all competed in their first individual races of the outdoor season.

Heading into the meet, BU holds several top-30 national marks. Junior Wil London holds the nation’s ninth-best time of 45.90 in the 400 meters and 20th-best time in the 200 meters (20.72). Senior Kiana Hawn leads the women’s side with a seventh-best mark of 57.60 in the 400-meter hurdles. Kiana Horton (200m), Alex Madlock (triple jump), Howard Fields III (400 meters), Devin Meyrer (5,000m) and Anna West (5,000m) all hold top-30 national marks in their respective events.

The women’s and men’s 4x400-meter relay currently hold the third and eighth-best times in the nation while the men’s 4x100-meter relays ranks 15th.

Next week, Baylor will head to Fayetteville, Ark. to compete at the National Relays Championships from April 27-28.

FOLLOW ALONG
Results and a full recap will be posted following the conclusion of the meet. Heat sheets, live results and a live video stream ($) link is available at meet central on www.BaylorBears.com.

FloTrack will begin its live stream at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday.

For live results this weekend, follow the team on Twitter: @BaylorTrack.

-BaylorBears.com-


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