Track teams earn 1st place honorsJan. 23, 2001
By AMETHYST HENSLEY
Baylor's No. 9 men's and No. 22 women's track programs are off to a hot start after Saturday's Sooner Indoor Classic in Norman, Okla.
The Bears took home six first place finishes and wrapped up the weekend with experience for the rest of the season.
Weather conditions have hindered the team from getting any extensive practice, so the meet provided a good opportunity for an early test of ability.
'It has been a real challenge, more so than in any other year, just because we've only had a couple of days in the past two weeks where we could do any kind of skill work,' head Coach Clyde Hart said on the Baylor athletic Web site.
The Bears did not appear to be rusty as they sped past the competition in the men's 600 yards event, dominating the heat with representatives as four of the top six finishers. The Bears finished in a 1-2-3 string with Floyd Thompson in front at 1:11.92, followed by Damian Davis and Ryan Kedley on his heels. Michael Smith placed sixth with a time of 1:14.07.
In the men's 400, Zsolt Szeglet captured first place with a time of 48.45 seconds. Bayano Kamani took third while Joel Martin and Robert Quiroga placed sixth and eight.
Barrett Hall blistered the field in the men's 800 meters with a time of 1:56.24, and Baylor's relay team maintained the first place mentality with a time of 3:16.23 in the 4x440 yard relay, a full second ahead of the Texas Christian University team.
'I haven't been displeased with anybody out there,' Hart said. 'They've worked hard. Bayano Kamani has worked hard; Floyd Thompson has worked hard. Damian Davis probably is further along than he has been. So we've got some things going.'
The women's team also matched the men in getting a first place spot in the 4x440 relay, edging TCU by two tenths of a second with 3:51.25 finish.
Tiffany Wise was the highest women's individual finisher with a 600 yards second place finish in 1:25.42 seconds. Also in the 600, Lanie Millar finished third and Udi Deja Opusunju took fourth.
Baylor will travel south next weekend for the University of Houston's Southwest Indoor Classic.