Track &field kicks off outdoor season with personal bests in Austin

Baylor sprinter Maxwell Willis competes in the Power Five Invitational on Feb. 2, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The senior kicked off the 2021 outdoor season with a third-place finish in the 100-meter race. Courtesy of Baylor Athletics

By Marquis Cooley | Reporter

Baylor track & field opened the outdoor season Saturday at the Longhorn Invitational at the University of Texas in Austin. The Bears finished the meet with several personal bests and three runner-up finishes.

“It was a really good, solid opener for everyone,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “It was good to get them all back out there for the first time. It was a good start for the group we had down there with all of the PBs. We’re excited to get the outdoor season started for everyone in a couple weeks.”

Junior Cole Hardan secured a first place finish for the Bears by taking the victory in the men’s shot put with a combined season-best throw of 55-4.25 (16.87m). Hardan also finished seventh in the hammer throw with 160-0 (48.76m).

In the 100-meter, senior Isaiah Cunningham took second place with a personal-best of 10.44 with senior Maxwell Willis finishing closely behind with a third place finish of 10.55. Cunningham also finished as runner-up in the 200 meter with a personal-best time of 20.93. Senior Ryan Croson recorded a personal-best time of 21.03 to take fifth in the event.

Croson took sixth place in the 400 meter as well, with a time of 47.84, while freshmen Dillon Bedell finished fifth with 47.42.

In the women’s 1,500 meter senior Destiny Collins had a seventh place finish with a time of 4:39.45.

In the field events, senior Tiffani Peacock and junior Chris Stoudt were able to finish third in their events. Peacock recorded a pole vault of 11-3.75 (3.45m), while in the men’s javelin, Stoudt recorded a throw of 153-6 (46.79).

Senior Samone Turner finished as the runner-up in the women’s hammer throw and moved to No. 3 in Baylor history with a personal-best throw of 162-10 (49.63m).

In her outdoor debut, sophomore Mikayla Deshazer entered the Baylor all-time performers list in three events after a third place finish in discus and a pair of sixth place finishes in hammer throw and shot put. Deshazer is now fourth in school history in both the discus (168-5, 51.33m) and the shot put (48-0.5, 14.64m) while holding the No. 5 spot in the hammer throw (154-2, 46.99m).

Following next week’s NCAA Indoor Championships, the Bears will get the outdoor season rolling in full gear with the UTSA Roadrunner Invitational March 19-20 in San Antonio, Texas.