By Savannah Pullin
Head coach Todd Harbour said he gave his athletes an A- for their performances over the weekend.
The Baylor track and field team traveled to College Station for the second time this semester, returning from the Texas A&M Invitational with four wins.
“I think that was our best performance of the year,” said Harbour. “We had more personal bests; we had more notable marks than we’ve had at any other meets so far, on both sides (men’s and women’s).”
For the fourth straight meet, sophomore Erin Atkinson won the weight throw and her field teammate, junior Skylar White, took the win in the shot put for the third time this season. The duo has now combined for seven wins so far.
On the track, sophomore Tiffani McReynolds took the win in the 60-meter hurdles while senior Brittany OgunMokun took the 800 meters with a career-best of 2 minutes, 7.74 seconds.
“We had solid performances again from our great throwers and Tiffani (McReynolds) in the hurdles,” said Harbour. “I thought Brittany was on a mission in the 800, and it was great to see her go after it like that.”
OgunMokun, who recorded her first win of the season, said everything fell into place on Saturday.
“It kind of seemed like everything just came together in terms of my workouts,” said OgunMokun. “I’m starting to see everything pay off.”
OgunMokun said she does not take all the credit for her success on Saturday.
“We actually had our first women’s Bible study of the year Thursday, so that kind of got everybody pumped up spiritually and got everybody ready emotionally for the meet,” she said.
On the men’s side of the 800, freshman Patrick Schoenball also recorded a personal best. He now ranks No. 3 in the Big 12 and No. 4 individually in Baylor history after recording a time of 1:48.47.
In the quarter-mile race, senior Zwede Hewitt led the Bears with a career best of 47.18, charging him to a third-place finish.
“I’m really satisfied with my progression,” Hewitt said. “Throughout the season I’ve been improving. Each race I got faster.”
Even after recording a career best, Hewitt still says he has work to do before the Big 12 Indoor Championship.
“I still made a couple tactical errors which I could improve on. I was coming through my 200 in the correct time, but I wasn’t doing it the correct way.”
According to Harbour, a score of A+ just doesn’t happen. There is never a complete victory. By his standards, the team did a phenomenal job.
“A lot of ladies and men are starting to step up at the right time. That’s the main thing we got out of the meet,” he said.
The team will return to College Station on Feb. 24 and 25 to compete in the Big 12 Indoor Championships.