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Dr+s orders: win track meeting

March 21, 1997

Dr's orders: win track meeting

Bears enjoy home field

advantage in outdoor meet

C.M. Ramsey / The Baylor Lariat

Stacey Bowers, a Marlin sophomore, makes a jump at the track and field complex Thursday afternoon.

By Kevin Allen

Lariat Sports Reporter

The University will host the Dr Pepper Invitational track and field meet Saturday at the Hart-Patterson Track Complex.

The Bears will have a home-field advantage for their second official outdoor meet of the season, and that could pay off.

'We run on our track everyday,' said Darrin Strong, a Houston senior. 'We are real comfortable on it.'

The University has spent over $500,000 on improvements to the track complex this year according to sources in the athletic department, including adding a new scoreboard. The team hopes that the improvements will help draw more fans to the meet this weekend.

'I hope to see some fans out this weekend,' said head coach Clyde Hart. 'I think we could have a good crowd.'

'It would definitely help,' Strong said.

The Baylor teams have had a successful spring so far, in both indoor and outdoor competition. The men's team finished 11th at the NCAA Indoors in early March, and the women took home 34th.

The team had its first official outdoor meet last weekend at the College Station Relays. The women won the overall team competition, and the men took home a third place. The team had three provisional qualifiers for the NCAA meet, including Stacey Bowers, a Marlin sophomore, who qualified in the triple jump. Other provisional qualifiers include Strong in the 800 meters, and the men's 4x400 meter relay.

Hart expects the team to do well this weekend, despite the fact that they are just coming off spring break.

'We have had some illnesses, but I think we will do well,' he said.

The team is also confident they will fare well this weekend. The early season success of the team has helped out according to Strong.

'The more successful we are, the more anxious we are to compete.' he said.

The preliminary events will begin at 10 a.m. for field events, and 1:30 p.m. for running events. The finals will begin at 6 p.m.

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