Baylor's track and field program will host its first meet of the 2017 outdoor season with 14 teams traveling to Waco to take part in the Baylor Invitational Saturday at Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium.
Field events for the Baylor Invitational begin at 10 a.m. with running events starting at 3 p.m. 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. Gates will open at 9 a.m.
The other 14 teams that are slated to come to Waco to battle the Bears, include Abilene Christian, Arkansas, Central Michigan, Fresno State, Lamar, North Texas, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, Prairie View A&M, Tulsa, UT-Arlington and UT-Rio Grande Valley as well as women's athletes from Midwestern State and New Mexico State
Baylor's squads are coming off a successful Texas Relays last weekend in Austin. The women's team is currently ranked No. 19 in the nation, while the men are listed as the 20th-best squad by the USTFCCCA.
In total, BU has 75 competitors scheduled to take part in the home meet. Baylor's men's team will have 36 participants competing, while the women will have 39 athletes in action.
Baylor owns 10 NCAA top-10 marks including, Maxwell Willis (200m, 8th in 20.54), Kiana Hawn (400mh, 4th in 57.16), Annie Rhodes (pole vault, 7th in 14-1.25 [4.30m], Felix Obi (triple jump, 1st in 54-8.25 [16.67m]), Cion Hicks (shot put, 6th in 55-5.75 [16.91m]), Jenna Pfeiffer (heptathlon, 8th in 5,500pts.) and both 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams.
Former Bear and Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner will run in the 400 meters.
Following the Baylor Invitational, the Bears will take next week off before hosting the Michael Johnson Invitational on April 22 at Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium.