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Bears look forward to relay meet

April 3, 1997

C.M. Ramsey / The Baylor Lariat

Kurt Hanna, an Iraan, senior, works on his pole vault at a track practice last week.

After 3rd place finish Saturday, track teams ready for Texas Relays

By Jeff Huett

Assistant City Editor/ Sports

After finishing third overall at the Jim Click Wildcat Shootout on Saturday, the Baylor women's and men's track teams are now set for a weekend meet at the Texas Relays in Austin.

Both the women's and men's teams won seven events, with the men scoring 117 points and the women scoring 158. The University of Arizona posted first place finishes in both the women's and men's divisions ahead of the University of Colorado. The women captured five NCAA provisional times en route to their third-place finish.

Stacey Bowers, a Marlin freshman, earned an individual title with her triple jump of 42''9' and Yulanda Nelson, a Beaumont freshman, soared 20''1 1/2' in the long jump competition.

Jill Chertudi, a Waco senior, set a new school record and an NCAA provisional time with her 2:06.7 finish in the 800m event.

'I felt really good out there,' Chertudi said. 'Now, I just need to continue to improve.'

Jennifer Jordan, a Jefferson sophomore, ran the 400m in 53.67 and posted an NCAA provisional time.

'I had to run in lane eight, so it was a little more difficult than usual,' Jordan said. 'I know for sure that I'll have to run faster in the conference meet later on this season.'

The men's first-place finishes were by Darrin Strong, a Houston junior, who won the 800m with a time of 1:50.10. Kascie Smith, a Dallas senior, out-jumped his closest opponent by almost half a foot and finished with a jump of 23' 6 1/4.'

The relay teams in both the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay won their events, with the 4x400 team recording the NCAA provisional time of 3:05.17.

Senior Brian Keim won the 5,000m event, posting his second win in a row with a time of 14:30.75 and Damien Smith won the 400m event with a time of 47.21.

The Texas Relays will be held Thursday through Saturday at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. The No. 1-ranked University of Arkansas is scheduled to attend.

'This weekend's meet puts more emphasis on the relay events,' Jordan said. 'And that helps to unify our team and teaches us to pull from one another.'

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