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Track team hopes to build on first meet success

Jan. 24, 1997

Matthew Lester/The Baylor LariatMembers of Baylor's track team line-up for a race at Thursday's practice. The Bears travel to Oklahoma City this weekend to participate in the Sooner Invitational indoor meet.

By Jeff Huett

Lariat Sports Reporter

With much of the indoor track season yet to be played, the Baylor men's and women's track teams are trying to improve in both skill and confidence.

The Bears will travel to Oklahoma City this weekend to run in the Sooner Invitational meet. They hope to improve on their second place finish in the Oklahoma Invitational meet held in Norman last weekend.

The University of Oklahoma finished in first place in both the men's and women's divisions. Doug Maziur, a San Antonio sophomore finished first place in the 55-meter high hurdles, just ahead of his teammate Brandon Dennard, a Duncanville freshman. In the 3,000 meter run, Keith Hensley, a Cajon, Calif. junior, finished in front of Brandon Buhr, a Woodlands freshman, to bring home the first place medal.

In the women's division, Jill Chertudi, a Waco junior, finished first place in the one mile run. An additional first place finish for the Bears came when Stacey Bowers, a Marlin freshman, out-jumped her nearest opponent by almost a foot.

Clyde Hart, Baylor head track coach, felt that Baylor's finish in the tournament was much like he had anticipated.

'We have had a few interruptions in our practice schedule over the past few weeks,' Coach Hart said.

Michael Ford, a Rochester, N.Y., senior, has a positive outlook on the future of the squad.

'I was kind of disappointed with our finish last weekend,' Ford said. 'The important thing is that we improve from meet to meet.'

The Sooner Invitational meet will host teams from thirteen schools, including the University of Texas, whose women's team is ranked no.1 in the nation and whose men's team is ranked two spots above the Baylor men's squad at no. 15 in the nation.

With a solid week of practice, the Bears are hopeful that they will run well in the Sooner Invitational. and, in the process, build confidence that will carry over into the outdoor track season.

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