CLEVELAND – For the second straight week, Miami University senior hurdler Layne Baggett has earned Mid-American Conference (MAC) Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday. The honor is the second of her career, after also claiming the award last week.
Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had a stellar showing at the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee over the weekend. On Friday, she won the 100m hurdles while tying a school record time of 13.31. Her time tied a record set by Miami Hall of Famer Becca Williams back in 1996 while her clocking is the fastest 100m hurdles time in the MAC this year by 0.36 seconds. Her time also ties for ninth in the East Region and 17th nationally as she improved on her previous PR by 0.12 seconds. Baggett won the race by 0.15 seconds, blowing away a field of 40 that included runners from MAC foes Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois, as well as Tennessee, Purdue, East Carolina, Indiana State and more.
Saturday, Baggett ran on Miami’s winning 4x400m relay team that set another school record with a time of 3:39.82, topping the previous mark of 3:40.90, set last year. Miami’s relay team finished ahead of UConn, Purdue, Tennessee, and WMU, which were all in the top five. EMU was also in the field that included 21 teams, as Baggett ran the third leg and moved Miami from fifth to first during her leg. The time is the top 4x4 time in the MAC this year, ranks 21st in the East Region and 43rd nationally. She also ran on Miami’s 4x100m relay team that placed sixth in the showcase race in 46.46.
A two-time MAC champion in the 100m hurdles, Baggett earned her honor last week after posting a 100m hurdles time of 13.50 on her home track at the Miami Invitational April 6, which she then bested this past week. She was second in that race and also ran on the winning 4x100m relay team at the Miami Invite. Baggett is the only RedHawk to win a MAC athletic weekly honor this season. However, sophomore Anna Lamb (Granville, Ohio) earned MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week April 5.
Baggett and most of the RedHawks are off this weekend, though the throwers will compete at the Jesse Owens Classic in Columbus. She will return to action the following weekend, April 25-27, at the famed Drake Relays, while some RedHawks will stay home to compete at the RedHawk Invitational on April 27.