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Waco Tribune-Herald via Associated Press
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Tiffani McReynolds turned in the best race of her career in the 60-meter hurdles, but it still wasn’t quite enough to claim a national championship.
Nevertheless, second place isn’t too bad.
The Baylor junior claimed the second silver medal of her career at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday, posting a career-best time of 7.96. Clemson’s Brianna Rollins, the national leader coming into the meet, zipped to the title in a meet-record 7.79 clocking.
“I feel like I won, because I hit the time I was working to hit all season,” McReynolds said. “I wanted to be under eight seconds, so I’ll take 7.96. That’s amazing. I feel marvelous.”
On the men’s side, the Bears’ 4×400 relay team produced its best time of the season, as the foursome of Blake Heriot, Justin Allen, Drew Seale and Richard Gary notched a 3:07.59 clocking. But that was good enough only for sixth. Still, the school renowned as Quarter-Miler U carved out All-America recognition for the seventh straight year and 26th time in the last 28.
Baylor freshman Felix Obi picked up All-American honors in his debut season with a sixth-place showing in the triple jump final.
Obi appeared in danger of falling out of the top eight, but busted his best effort of the day (52-43/4) on his final jump.
“It was either go big or go home for me,” said Obi, the Big 12 champion.
Baylor senior Skylar White failed to duplicate her All-American effort from a year ago, finishing 10th in the women’s shot put at 54-71/2.
TCU senior Charles Silmon, a former Waco High track standout, took third in the 60-meter dash, running 6.61. Mississippi State’s DeAngelo Cherry won the race at 6.54.
Arkansas won the men’s team title on its home track, racking up 74 points, while Oregon claimed the women’s title. Baylor finished tied for 25th on the women’s side and tied for 32nd on the men’s.