Men's 4x400 Shines At Razorback Invitational
Jan. 23, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Junior Matthew Love blew by Baylor's Zwede Hewitt down the backstretch to help the men's 4x400 capture the event-title on Saturday night with the second-fastest time in the world on the final day of competition at the Razorback Invitational.
Overall, TCU posted three NCAA provisional marks on Saturday. Earning NCAA provisional marks inside the Randal Tyson Track Center on Saturday were Festus Kigen (3,000 meters), Sean Zurko (800 meters) and the men's 4x400.
For the weekend, the Flyin' Frogs captured four event titles to go along with four NCAA provisional marks in Fayetteville.
"Overall, I thought the effort was much better this weekend," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "I thought we did a lot better on both sides. The women really competed with a lot more intensity and spunk the entire weekend. All-in-all, we were much better as a whole this week. Now we just need to go back and get ready to run at New Mexico. We are excited about what is ahead of us this next week."
The men's 4x400 quartet of Dell Guy, Clemore Henry, Mychal Dungey and Love clipped Baylor to post a seasonal-best time of 3:07.59 and win the event-title on Saturday night. The unit's time is currently No. 2 in the NCAA and the world this winter. It is also the top-time posted in the conference in 2010 and the sixth-fastest time ever recorded in program history.
On the women's side, TCU won heat No. 2 with a seasonal-best time of 3:42.58 to finish fifth overall
Kigen, a junior from Kenya, dominated the men's 3,000-meter run championship, winning with a personal-best time of 8:00.16. His time, which is the second-fastest time in program history, is currently No. 3 in the NCAA and the fastest time posted in the Mountain West Conference in 2010. The victory was Kigen's second-consecutive meet victory in the 3,000 meters.
In the men's 800-meter run championship, Zurko clocked a seasonal-best time of 1:50.24 to place third overall. Zurko's time, which is an NCAA provisional qualifying time, is currently the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA and the top-time posted in the Mountain West Conference this winter.
In the finals of the men's 60 meters, Charles Silmon, who just missed an NCAA provisional qualifying time, finished second overall with a time of 6.75 seconds, while Skye Dawson rounded out the Flyin' Frogs in fifth-place.
Silmon, a Waco native, qualified for the finals by clocking the eighth-fastest time in preliminary action. Dawson also advanced into the finals, crossing the finish line in ninth-place in the prelims on Saturday afternoon.
On the women's side, Teneshia Peart, who competed in her first meet as a Flyin' Frog, clocked a fourth-place finish in the finals. She qualified for the finals with the fourth-fastest collegiate preliminary time on Saturday.
In the women's 60-meter hurdles, freshman Larissa Matthews clocked a time of 8.64 seconds to collect runner-up honors on Saturday.
TCU will close the month of January at the New Mexico Invitational next Friday.