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05-28-05, 08:32 PM
Williamson Runs Nation's Fastest 400M at NCAA Regional

Senior Darold Williamson clocks 44.76; Two women's school records fall.

May 28, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. - Baylor senior Darold Williamson (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/williamson_darold00.html) (San Antonio, Texas) blazed to the fastest time in the country so far this season by clocking 44.76 to claim the 400-meter title at the NCAA Midwest Regional Track & Field Championships hosted by Oklahoma Saturday at John Jacobs Track & Field Complex.

"I've been waiting all year to run a race like this and to just run a 44," Williamson said. "It's all about executing, listening to Coach Hart and running a smart race. I think I'm peaking at the right time, because hopefully I'll be running for a long time this summer. I've still got nationals and the U.S. Championships. If I just continue to improve every week, I'll be happy."

Williamson anchored the 4x400-meter relay to a season-best time of 3:02.58, setting a new meet record and capturing their third straight regional championship in the event. Sophomore Kevin Mutai (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/mutai_kevin00.html) (Round Rock, Texas) led off and was followed by sophomore Mark Teter (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/teter_mark00.html) (San Antonio, Texas), who ran his best leg of the year, junior Wil Fitts (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/fitts_wil00.html) (Desoto, Texas) and Williamson.

Freshman Brittany Devereaux (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/devereaux_brittany00.html) (Denton, Texas) broke her own school record in the discus with a throw of 50.95 meters (167-2), winning her flight and finishing fifth overall to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships. Susie Snider had held the school record in the event since 1975 at 156-11, but Devereaux has bettered the mark four times in her rookie season.

"I couldn't ask for anything more," Devereaux said. "This season has really been a dream come true. I feel like I've exceeded my expectations and that I've done my best. All of the hard work I've put in is paying off and has brought me to where I wanted to be (NCAA Championships)."

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The women's 4x100-meter relay of juniors Marquisha Sefas (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/sefas_marquisha00.html) (Ft. Worth, Texas) and Angel Perkins (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/perkins_angel00.html) (Cerritos, Calif.) and seniors Elizabeth Wilson (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/wilson_elizabeth00.html) (Duncanville, Texas) and Lakadron Ivery (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/ivery_lakadron00.html) (Tyler, Texas) broke the school record and finished second with a time of 43.90, eclipsing the old mark of 43.94 set back in 1999.

Ivery and Wilson each qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 meters. Ivery finished third at 11.36, while Wilson finished fourth in 11.52 in the 100. Ivery took second in the 200 at 23.35, while Wilson finished fifth in 23.63. Freshman Carla Grace (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/grace_carla00.html) (San Antonio, Texas) finished eighth in both events, running 11.89 in the 100 and 24.45 in the 200.

The women's 4x400-meter relay of Perkins, Ivery, Grace and Myricks finished fifth with a time of 3:32.15.

Junior Jerome Miller (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/miller_jerome00.html) (Houston, Texas) finished sixth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.49, and finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 11.75. Fitts finished sixth in the 800 meters with a personal best of 1:47.61. Mutai finished seventh in the 400 meters with a time of 47.30.

Sophomore Monique Ortega (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/ortega_monique00.html) (El Paso, Texas) finished sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:43.61, while senior Jessa Chance (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/chance_jessa00.html) (Southlake, Texas) finished ninth with a time of 10:53.57.

The women finished fourth in the team standings with 58 points, while the men finished sixth with 34 points.

The top-five finishers in each event move on to the NCAA Championships June 8-11 at Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif. NCAA QUALIFIERS
Chris Gillis (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/gillis_chris00.html) - Long Jump
Darold Williamson (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/williamson_darold00.html) - 400 Meters
Men's 4x400-Meter Relay (Mutai, Teter, Fitts, Williamson)
Brittany Brockman (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/brockman_brittany00.html) - 10,000 Meters
Brittany Devereaux (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/devereaux_brittany00.html) - Discus
April Holliness (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/holliness_april00.html) - Long Jump
Lakadron Ivery (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/ivery_lakadron00.html) - 100, 200 Meters, Long Jump
Elizabeth Wilson (http://baylorbears.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/mtt/wilson_elizabeth00.html) - 100, 200 Meters
Women's 4x100-Meter Relay (Sefas, Perkins, Wilson, Ivery)
Women's 4x400-Meter Relay (Perkins, Ivery, Grace, Myricks)


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05-28-05, 10:08 PM
tbear, you had it easier than me by just copying the article! I was in Tyler all day for my niece's graduation, so I wasn't able to keep up with the meet. I'm very pleased with the results. It's weird how our men can finish 11th in conference and 6th at regionals. Darold smoked them tonight!

The ladies 4th place finish is excellent. If the men can score 20 at the NCAA's with victories in the 400 and 4x400 that should get them in about the top 10. The ladies can score a lot of points there as well.

05-28-05, 10:14 PM
yep, I got it up before "staff" did. But there is no way I can replace your position for updates and insights in track and field.

I believe the men and women will do just what you said. I predict a top 10 finish for both.