Track and Field Update
Baylor's athletes are doing reasonably well at the NCAA Championships in Eugene. A few have advanced to their respective finals.
On Wednesday, Trayvon Bromell laid down a blazing wind-legal 9.90 in the 100m, the second-fastest time in collegiate history and a personal best.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here's how 9.90 looks live. Trayvon Bromell wins <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NCAATF?src=hash">#NCAATF</a> 100-meter heat. <a href="http://t.co/a9s8dT36xI">pic.twitter.com/a9s8dT36xI</a></p>— BaylorTrack (@BaylorTrack) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorTrack/status/608795617901432832">June 11, 2015</a></blockquote>
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On top of that, he also qualified in the 200m with a personal best 20.03, the third-best time in school history. George Caddick and Brandon Moore both finished fifth in their heats and did not advance, and the 4x100 team also failed to make the cut. The 4x400 team didn't advance for the second time in the last 36 years.
On Thursday the women competed. Rachel Johnson was the headliner, taking fifth overall to advance to the finals in the 3000m steeplechase once again. Annie Johnson and Cion Hicks were eliminated in the pole vault and shot put respectively. Raena Rhone finished fifth in her 400m heat and did not advance. Olicia Williams also barely missed out on the finals in the 800m.
For those eliminated, we salute you. For those who remain, go win a championship.
DBR Series: Countdown to SMU
There are 84 days until Baylor Football. For each one of those 84 days, I will include a short profile of a Baylor player whose number corresponds to the number of days remaining. Of course, there's no 84 on the team, so on days when a player is not represented by the number, I will choose someone from among the ranks of 85+.
Today we're going to talk about Number 99, Josh Malin. Malin is an redshirt freshman who sat out the 2014 season behind a deep and talented group of defensive ends. At 6'6, 275, the Cibolo Steele product has the physical tools to be a productive player, but it's hard to see him getting many snaps outside of garbage time this season, especially with the probable return of Sam Ukwuachu.
Still, Malin, who was once the 123rd best prospect in Texas, should see time early in the season to prepare him for the future, much like we saw from the likes of Brian Nance and KJ Smith before Smith was pressed into action as a starter last season.
There have been rumblings of Malin playing at defensive tackle or on the offensive line, but thus far he's kept a tight grip on his role at end.