Baylor Track & Field Totals 13 Entries For NCAA Championships

Posted at 2:07 PM, May 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-31 15:07:04-04

AUSTIN, Texas - The Baylor track and field team will have 15 student-athletes representing it with 13 entries into the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, after qualifying six more entries on the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds at Mike A. Myers Stadium Saturday.

Over the course of three days of competition, Baylor got two relay teams and 11 individual entries through to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 10-13.

Baylor's men's 4x100-meter relay crew of Malik Wilson, Trayvon Bromell, Bryce Grace and KD Cannon placed fifth in its heat with a time of 39.82. Grace handed the baton to Cannon in third place, but strong anchor legs from Oklahoma State and Iowa pushed BU to fifth. However, the Bears still advanced on time with the 11th-fastest mark overall.

Hours after running the second leg on that relay, Bromell returned to run a 20.19 in the quarterfinals of the 200-meter dash to win his heat and advance to Eugene in the a third event. The BU sophomore won the 200-meter dash at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships and will now have a chance to run the event at the outdoor meet for the first time. His time was the second-fastest qualifying time on the day and tied for seventh-fastest in school history.

To close out the night, Richard Gary, Karrie Butler, Brandon Moore and George Caddick placed second in their heat with a time of 3:06.05. After getting the baton in fifth place, Caddick used a 44.8-second anchor leg to push the Bears up to second in the heat to automatically qualify for their 36th-straight NCAA Championships final site in the event.

In the field events, Brianna Richardson led off the day by earning her way back to Eugene for a second-straight year in the triple jump. Using a leap of 42-4.25 [12.91m] on her third attempt, Richardson placed fifth in the competition to move on the NCAA Championships.

On the men's side in the triple jump, Felix Obi also saved his best for last with a leap of 52-1.75 [15.89m] on his final attempt to move from 13th to second and qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time.

Baylor's biggest over-performer of the day was Cion Hicks in the shot put. The sophomore was ranked 13th in the region heading into the event and ended up taking eighth to earn her first trip to Eugene. Hicks threw 52-4.5 [15.96m] on her third attempt, which moved her from 17th up to eighth.

A definite entry for the Bears was wiped out due to injury as senior Tiffani McReynolds was unable to run in the quarterfinals of the 100-meter hurdles. The Kansas City, Kan., native, suffered a hip flexor injury during the running of the 100-meter dash quarterfinals on Friday. The injury ends one of the most prolific careers in BU history.

McReynolds won seven Big 12 hurdle titles (four indoors, three outdoors) and racked up five All-America performances, including three runner-up finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles.

The full list of Baylor's qualifiers includes 15 athletes, who earned 13 entries: Trayvon Bromell (100m, 200m, 4x100), Karrie Butler (4x400), George Caddick (400m, 4x400), KD Cannon (4x100), Richard Gary (4x400), Bryce Grace (4x100), Cion Hicks (shot put), Rachel Johnson (3,000 steeplechase), Brandon Moore (800m, 4x400), Felix Obi (triple jump), Annie Rhodes (pole vault), Raena Rhone (400m), Brianna Richardson (triple jump), Olicia Williams (800m) and Malik Wilson (4x100).


·         Baylor has had its men's 4x400-meter squad at the NCAA Championships every year since 1980.

·         Baylor advanced its men's 4x100-meter relay team to the NCAA Championships for the sixth-straight years.

·         Evening running events were delayed by a 65-minute lightning delay

·         Richard Hansen placed 38th in the javelin with a throw of 197-9 [60.28m].

·         The Baylor women's 4x1 relay of Kiana Hawn, Kehri Jones, Juanita Mainoo and Justise Dayries placed 24th in 45.85.

·         Bryce Grace did not earn a return appearance to Eugene as he had just the 17th-fastest 110-hurdle time at 13.86.

·         Maggie Montoya placed 15th in the 5,000 meters in 16:16.28 to finish outside of qualifying.

TOP QUOTE #1            
"It was a great ending to the meet with a great anchor by George (Caddick). Overall, it was a great weekend for us with a lot of outstanding performances. Little Tiff going down was a gut-wrencher. I don't know if I have ever had one in my coaching career that has affected me as much as that did. It was hard for me to get up and enjoy much else knowing she has worked so hard. Cion's performance today when she came through on her third throw and Felix on his third jump in the triple jump were big. It was definitely a rollercoaster ride of a day." - head coach Todd Harbour on the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds

Baylor's 13 qualified entries will continue their season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field on June 10-13. To stay current on all things Baylor Track, follow the team on Twitter: @BaylorTrack.

** = Advanced to NCAA Finals site
200 Meters Second Round
2. Trayvon Bromell (SO) – 20.18** (seventh-fastest in school history)

5,000 Meters Quarterfinal
15. Maggie Montoya (SO) - 16:16.28

100 Hurdles Quarterfinal
-- Tiffani McReynolds (SR) - DNS

110 Hurdles Quarterfinal
17. Bryce Grace (JR) – 13.86

4x100-Meter Relay
24. Baylor (Hawn, Jones, Mainoo, Dayries) - 45.85

11. Baylor (Wilson, Bromell, Grace, Cannon) – 39.82**

4x400-Meter Relay
9. Baylor (Gary, Butler, Moore, Caddick) – 3:06.05** Triple Jump
5. Brianna Richardson (JR) – 42-4.25 [12.91m]**


2. Felix Obi (SO) – 52-1.75 [15.89m]**

Shot Put
8. Cion Hicks (SO) – 52-4.5 [15.96m]**

38. Richard Hansen (SR) – 197-9 [60.28m]