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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – With the majority of the Baylor track and field team competing at the Florida Relays, junior Rachel Johnson stole the show by establishing a new school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday at the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.

The Plano, Texas, native, finished second overall, but was the top collegiate runner at the Cobb Track with a time of 9:49.31. In her season debut in the event, Johnson broke her previous personal record (10:29.08) by nearly 30 seconds and eclipsed the old school record of Erin Bedell (9:56.19) set in 2009 by almost seven seconds. Currently, Johnson's time stands as the best in the NCAA this season. During the indoor season, Johnson set the BU school record in the 3,000 meters.

Meanwhile at the Florida Relays, individual events highlighted the day as all relays will be contested on Saturday.

Junior Derwin Graham tallied BU's only event win on the day as he cruised to the 3,000-meter steeplechase title in a PR time of 9:07.11. In his season-debut in the event, Graham bested the rest of the field by over four seconds to tally the seventh-fastest time in school history.

Tiffani McReynolds continued her impressive return to the outdoor track scene with a fourth-place showing in the 100-hurdles in 12.98. The junior, who competed in the event for the first time since 2012 last week, equaled the fourth-best time in the event in BU history.

Baylor's field event performers had a strong day in Florida as well. Annie Rhodes improved upon her own school-record mark to place fourth in the pole vault with a jump of 13-7.25 [4.15m]. Fellow freshman Cion Hicks took second in the discus with a throw of 165-8 [50.49m].

For a second straight week, Taylor Torres improved upon her PR mark with a javelin toss of 147-11 [45.08m] to place eighth. That mark is third-best in school history.

 

OTHER NOTABLES

·         Freshman Trayvon Bromell followed up his school-record time of 10.01 in 100 meters at the Texas Relays with a 10.16 to be third in Florida. That is the sixth-fastest time in school history.

·         Olicia Williams took sixth in the 800-meters with a time of 2:07.78

·         For a third straight meet Blake Mayberry posted a javelin toss over 200 feet with a throw of 207-3 [63.17m] to be seventh.

·         Kyle Scanlan recorded a PR in the 5,000-meter run to take eighth in 14:40.85

·         Mariah Kelly (4:23.20) and Maggie Montoya (4:23.65) finished seventh and ninth, respectively at the Stanford Invitational in the 1,500 meters.

STAT OF THE DAY
8 –
the number of personal best marks achieved by BU athletes on Friday

 

TOP QUOTE #1               
"I kind of thought Rachel was ready to go for the record based on her indoor 3K and how good of Steepler she is. She has even more in front of her, but it was a great opener for her." – head coach Todd Harbour on Rachel Johnson

 

TOP QUOTE #2
"I thought Derwin Graham was the highlight on our first day down here in Florida . He won the steeple and made it look easy. That's a big PR for him and he was just so impressive. It was a big confidence boost for him and he will have a shot at the school record later this season. We had a lot of good marks today - nothing huge, but it was a really solid day overall." – head coach Todd Harbour on Florida Relays performances

 

WHAT'S NEXT
Baylor athletes will take part in the second day of the Florida Relays on Saturday. Field events start at 9 a.m. with running events beginning at 11 a.m.

To stay current on all things Baylor Track, follow the team on Twitter: @BaylorTrack.

COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS – Friday Florida Relays
100 Meters
Women

27. Kehri Jones (JR) – 11.69 (personal best)
53. Justise Dayries (SO) – 11.99

Men
3. Trayvon Bromell (FR) – 10.16 (sixth best in school history)
55. Alex Reece (SO) – 10.74

200 Meters
Women
16. Ashley Fields (SO) – 23.48
24. Justise Dayries (SO) – 23.83

Men
34. Everett Walker (SR) – 21.26

400 Meters
Women
15. Raena Rhone (JR) – 53.89
26. Alyssa Nichols (SR) – 54.74

Men

21. Blake Heriot (SR) – 47.05
50. Isaiah Duke (SO) – 48.24

800 Meters
Women

6. Olicia Williams (SO) – 2:07.78
28. Kristina Brown (SR) – 2:13.61

Men
21. Brandon Moore (FR) – 1:51.38

1500 Meters
Men

22. Jonathan Tijerina (JR) – 3:55.38
33. Chris McElroy (SO) – 3:58.79 (personal best)

5000 Meters
Women
15. Peyton Thomas (FR) – 17:14.06
23. Erin Hegarty (SO) – 17:26.51

Men
8. Kyle Scanlan (SO) – 14:40.85 (personal best)
29. Jordan West (FR) – 15:14.08

100 Hurdles
Women
4. Tiffani McReynolds (JR) – 12.98 (tied fourth best in school history)
38. Taije Jordan (SO) – 14.07

110 Hurdles

Men
26. Bryce Grace (SO) – 14.15

400 Hurdles

Women

31. Michelle Nwachukwu (SR) – 1:01.24

Men
28. Timothy Holmes (FR) – 53.32

3000-Meter Steeplechase
Men

1. Derwin Graham (JR) – 9:07.11 (personal best and seventh best in school history)
14. Brad Miles (SR) – 9:30.27 

High Jump
Women
18. Lauren Cook (JR) – 5-5.75 [1.67m]
20. Kaylyn Schultz (SO) – 5-3.75 [1.62m]

Long Jump
Women
24. Brianna Richardson (SO) – 17-5.25 [5.31m]
25. Justine Charbonnet (SR) – 17-3.5 [5.27m]


Discus
Women
2. Cion Hicks (FR) – 165-8 [50.49m]
15. Taylor Torres (SR) – 141-8 [43.19m]

Pole Vault
Women

4. Annie Rhodes – 13-7.25 [4.15m] (school record)

Javelin Throw
Women

8. Taylor Torres (SR) – 147-11 (45.08m) (personal best & third best in school history)

Men
7. Blake Mayberry (SR) – 207-3 [63.17m]
-- Henry Vildosola (SR) - ND

COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS – Friday Stanford Invitational
1,500 Meters
Women
7. Mariah Kelly (JR) – 4:23.20
9. Maggie Montoya (FR) – 4:23.65

5,000 Meters
Women
-- Alex Davis (FR) - DNS

3,000 Steeplechase
Women
2. Rachel Johnson (JR) – 9:49.31 (school record and national leader)

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