Baylor Press Release
By: Kellen Coleman
LUBBOCK, Texas – KC Lightfoot set his collegiate-best mark to win the men’s pole vault, and both the women’s and men’s 4×400-meter relay teams posted solid national times to help Baylor track & field finish strong Saturday at the Texas Tech Classic.
“Good day, good overall weekend,” head coach Todd Harbour said. “It didn’t go perfect today by any means. We had some that it just wasn’t their day, but we had others that really stepped up big. We had a lot yesterday so combined, it was a really good weekend.”
The men’s 4×400-meter relay team of Matthew Moorer, Trey Fields, Jayson Baldridge and Wil London came away with a top-5 indoor performance nationally, placing second with a time of 3:04.76.
In the women’s 4×400-meter relay, Baylor’s group of Victoria Powell, Alyssa Miller, Morgan Stewart and Kiana Horton finished third at 3:34.95 to set them up in the top 10-12 range in the country.
“You have to start with the 4x4s,” Harbour said. “Those are two big times for both of those groups.”
It was a memorable day for the men’s pole vaulters, as both KC Lightfoot and Riley Richards moved up the Baylor all-time indoor list.
Lightfoot set his collegiate best indoor mark of 18-3.25 (5.57m) to win the event, coming up just short of Bill Payne’s school record (18-4.75) for the second time this season. Riley Richards finished third following an emotional moment as he cleared a personal-best bar of 17-9.25 to move to Baylor’s No. 7 all-time pole vault performer spot, just behind his Dad/coach Brandon Richards.
“The pole vaulters, both of those two guys had a great weekend,” Harbour said. “It was a big PB for Riley. That was special to see that moment for him, and KC getting another win.”
Maxwell Willis put up his best 200-meter time of the year (21.04) to place sixth amidst a strong field.
“Maxwell ran well,” Harbour said. “It was another solid weekend in the 200.”
Aaliyah Miller also ran against a formidable field in the 800 meters, and took fourth with a time of 2:08.79.
In the men’s long jump, sophomore Jalen Seals finished fourth with a mark of 24-0.75 (7.33m).
It was a well-fought day for the Bears’ top distance runners. Freshman Kayla Windemuller finished third in her mile debut (5:02.80), Celia Holmes cruised to a 12-second win in the second heat to take 5th overall in the women’s 3,000 meters (10:21.23), and Connor Laktasic led much of the men’s 3,000-meters before battling for a fifth-place finish at 8:47.61.
Baylor is off this upcoming weekend before the group splits Feb. 8-9 between the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.
“Thanks to Texas Tech for having us,” Harbour said. “This was an outstanding meet. Texas Tech did a great job of hosting. We’re looking forward to getting a little rest, off next week, and go from there.”