With two weeks remaining until the Big 12 Indoor Championships, Baylor track & field will compete Friday and Saturday (Feb. 8-9) at both the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.
“Ames is a small group on the middle distance side,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “Some of our top middle distance runners. We have some of them going to Arkansas, as well. We’re just trying to get some national marks done in Ames, and some big marks for especially a few of ours that need to try to continue to move up in the rankings and also to prepare for the Big 12 meet.”
With a group of 55 student-athletes heading to Fayetteville, the Bears will be looking to hit their stride before the conference meet.
“The rest of the track team is all going to Tyson, which is a great meet,” Harbour said. “It’s a great place to jump, throw, and sprint. The track is outstanding, one of the great facilities in the country.
“You hate to split up, but this is one of those weekends that forces you to,” Harbour added. “We’re looking forward to trying to improve as a conference team and as a national team. This time of the year, the last meet before conference. This is pretty much it. Indoor season is going to be come and gone before you know it. We have to get something done this weekend.”
The Baylor men’s team is ranked No. 21 nationally in the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field National Rating Index, while the women’s team is No. 31. The Bears are fourth among Big 12 women’s teams, while the men’s team is ranked fifth in the conference.
Live results can be found at http://pttiming.com/events/87931143[na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] for the Iowa State Classic and athttp://www.flashresults.com/2019_Meets/Indoor/02-08_Tyson/[na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] for the Tyson Invitational.
“Our primary goal is to continue to stay healthy,” Harbour said. “We want to continue to get better for conference and nationals, and there are also some of those that we’re taking that are trying to fight for a spot on the conference travel squad. That’s the other part of it.”