By Jeffrey Swindoll
Track & Field
Baylor track & field ended the 2015 Big 12 Indoor Championships with a school-record, six event champions. The women’s team finished third overall and the men finished seventh overall at the Lied Recreation Center on Saturday.
Senior Rachel Johnson took the 5,000-meter title on Friday. Senior Mariah Kelley finished first in the mile run. Junior Brianna Richardson earned the triple-jump crown.
On the men’s side, junior Felix Obi won his third-straight Big 12 title in triple-jump. Sophomore Trayvon Bromell won the 200-meter. Baylor’s 4×400 relay team, junior Brandon Moore, freshman Kevin Harris and Sophomore George Caddick won the Big 12 title in its respective event.
“We always compete to win a championship and especially on the women’s side we wanted to go after that,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “We just weren’t quite good enough. We didn’t have a bad meet. Overall it was one of our best Big 12 indoor meets ever with the number of event championships won and the number of outstanding performances.”
Cal-State Fullerton swept the No. 25 Bears in Fullerton, Calif. over the weekend, dropping the first game by a score of 10-1 on Friday. Game two, which also took place on Friday as part of a double-header, ended 11-6. The Bears let up 16 hits to the Titans in the second game.
Baylor led 6-3 going into the sixth inning, but Cal-State Fullerton answered with two runs on three hits and two errors. The Titans’ three-run triple in the eighth inning proved too much for the Bears to overcome.
Just like in game two, the Bears led 6-3 entering in the fifth inning of the series finale, but late game heroics from the Titans secured the sweep for Cal-State Fullerton. Game three finished 7-6.
The No. 1 Bears’ undefeated run came to a close with losses to Oklahoma State and Kansas State on Friday and Saturday. The No. 8 Cowgirls dealt the Bears their first loss of the season on Friday by a score of 11-6. No. 10 Kansas State edged Baylor 10-9 on Saturday.
Despite the two losses, Baylor finished the league with a 4-2 record, securing the top spot in the conference for the season.