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Bears make yet another great show at meet

April 8, 1997

Track teams bring home 3 qualifying, 9 provisional marks along with personal bests

By Meghan Crona

Lariat Sports Reporter

The Baylor track and field team had a great showing this past weekend at the Texas Relays in Austin. The team came away with three NCAA automatic qualifying times and nine NCAA provisional marks.

The women had a great performance with Brandi Harris, a Wills Point sophomore, leading them. Harris had a good showing after she broke the school record in the long jump and recorded a personal best in the triple jump. She soared 20-10 3/4 in the long jump, which also gave her an NCAA provisional mark.

'We're fortunate enough to have three jumpers [Stacey Bowers, Yulanda Nelson and Harris] that are going to battle for that school record,' head coach Clyde Hart said. 'It's just whoever's on at the moment and right now, it's Brandi. We can just see how striong her potential is to jump a lot farther.'

Bowers, a Marlin sophomore, finished third in the triple jump with a 42-9 jump. This effort also gave her an NCAA provisional mark.

The women's 4x400m relay recorded their best time of the season, a 3:32.63, in the finals of the meet. The team finished third behind Oklahoma and Texas with a seasons best time and an NCAA provisional mark.

The women's 4x100m relay also finished third and earned an NCAA provisional time with a 44.46, just shy of the NCAA automatic time of 44.38.

The men had an equally impressive showing with pole vaulter Kurt Hanna, a Iraan senior, setting a new personal record. Hanna cleared an 18-5 1/4 jump on his final attempt, smashing his old record of 18-1 1/2. Hanna moves up to second on the men's top outdoor performer's list.

The men's 4x400m relay finished second to Oklahoma in the event finals. The squad turned in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:02.09. The team from the University of Oklahoma just barely squeaked by the Bears to claim first place with a time of 3:01.21.

Brandon Dennard, a Duncanville sophomore, also set a new personal record in the 400m hurdles. Dennard turned in a time of 51.86 in the preliminaries, qualifying him for the event finals, where he finished seventh.

Distance runner Brandon Buhr, a Woodlands sophomore, placed sixth in the 10,000m with a new personal record of 31:10.32.

The Bears will run again on April 12 in Fayetteville, Ark., where they will compete in the Tyson Invitational.

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