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Track blazes competition

Feb. 13, 2001

Men's 4x400 posts fastest time this year

By JAMES GIBBy

Reporter

The Baylor men's 4x400-meter relay team blazed through the competition in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday at the Tyson Invitational Golden Spikes Open hosted by the University of Arkansas.

Finishing a time of 3:04.50, Bayano Kamani, Zsolt Szeglet, Floyd Thompson and Brandon Couts posted the fastest 4x400 time in the world this year.

The mark ranks as the fourth fastest time in NCAA history and the 11th fastest 4x400 time ever, in addition to setting new facility and meet records. Kamani set the pace, posting a time of 46.10. Szeglet matched that time in the second leg and Thompson came in at 46.50. Couts ran anchor and sealed the victory with a 45.50-second time.

The Bears won the race by almost three seconds up against the nations top 4x400 teams. The South Carolina Gamecocks came in second at 3:07.26.

'We're the team to beat in this conference,' Couts said. 'We have a 4x400 tradition here at Baylor, and we're trying to set a new standard.'

Couts finished the open 400 meters race with a time of 46.43 seconds, the nation's fastest collegiate time this season.

Last week at the Gator Invitational, in Gainesville, Fla., Couts met the NCAA automatic standards qualifying for the NCAA championships after dominating the field in the 400, finishing first at 46.71. Kamani finished .31 seconds back, taking second and beating the provisional qualifying time.

Szeglet was just outside of qualifying range, finishing ninth in 47.94.

'We're in a great conference,' Couts said. 'We have a good chance now to put some records down that will last for long time.'

At the Gator Invitational, the Baylor 4x400 team beat the NCAA automatic qualifying threshold and won the event by finishing in 3:06.06; second-place Auburn arrived a full three seconds later.

The Baylor women's 4x400 team finished 10th at the Golden Spikes Invitational with a time of 3:44.76.

This weekend the Baylor men's track team will take a break before leaving for the Big 12 Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 23-24 in Lincoln, Neb.

'No one in the Big 12 has run within 6 seconds of our [4x400] time,' said Clyde Hart, Baylor head track and field coach. 'Now we need to keep improving and stay healthy.'