Flyin' Frogs Take First in Houston
Feb. 9, 2002
Eliud Njubi cruised to an easy win in the 3,000-meter run, posting a school record and an NCAA provisional time of 8:04.17, leading the TCU men's track and field team to a first place finish in the Southwest Indoor Invitational, held at the Yeoman Field House on the University of Houston campus today.
Njubi ran alone for much of the race, finishing nearly 30 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. His time was over 10 seconds faster than his previous best mark at that distance in 2002 (8:14.80 at the Oklahoma Indoor Classic on Jan. 19). His mark eclipsed his own school record of 8:10.17, set on the same track on February 3, 2001. The senior from Kenya previously logged NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 800 meters and in the mile run.
Other first place finishers on the men's side were Cleavon Dillon in the long jump (7.64 meters or 25-00.75), Brandal Lawrence in the triple jump (15.35 meters or 50-04.50) and LaTarence Dunbar in the 60-meter high hurdles (8.02). The victory for Dunbar was a bit of a surprise, as the TCU football standout practiced for just two days before taking the track on Saturday.
The Frogs were again solid in the sprints, as Michael Frater (6.73) and Kimton Coleman (6.83) finished second and third in the 60-meter dash, while Steve Slowly (21.65), Frater (21.68) and Jermaine Joseph (21.77) placed two-three-four respectively in the 200 meters. Herbert Mwangi was also impressive in the 5,000 meter run, placing second in a time of 14:22.05, just missing an NCAA provisional mark.
The Frogs scored 96.5 points to outdistance the 15-team field. Abilene Christian was second with 87.5 points, while Baylor finished third with 61 points. A pair of Conference USA teams, Houston and Southern Mississippi, finished fourth and fifth.
On the women's side, Chaunte Baldwin took top honors in the 60-meter dash and Perhona Tomlin captured the 800-meter run, helping the Horned Frogs to a third place finish. TCU scored 54 points, behind Baylor (119) and Houston (89).
"This was a good meet for us," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton. "It was a good dress rehearsal for the conference meet, which is now just two weeks away. We will see the same track configuration in Bloomington for the conference meet as we saw here today."
Here is a complete list of the TCU competitors from Saturday:
MEN TEAM SCORES: 1. TCU 96.5, 2. Abilene Christian 87.5, 3. Baylor 61, 4. Houston 47.5, 5. Southern Mississippi 39.5, 6. Texas Southern 28, 7. Texas A&M 27, 8. Stephen F. Austin 26, 9. Sam Houston State 24, 10. Northwestern State 20, T11. Louisiana-Lafayette 12, T11. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 12, 13. North Texas 8, 14 New Orleans 3, 15. Rice 2.
400-Meter Dash Finals: 6. Terrance McBryde 48.97, 7. Kendall Pyant 49.13.
800-Meter Run Finals: 6. Jason Morgan 1:56.53.
3000-Meter Run Finals: 1. Eliud Njubi 8:04.17 (NCAA provisional mark).
5000-Meter Run Finals: 2. Herbert Mwangi 14:22.05
60-Meter High Hurdle Prelims: LaTarence Dunbar 8.06.
60-Meter High Hurdle Finals: 1. LaTarence Dunbar 8.02.
Pole Vault: 9. Cody Koontz 4.65m (15-03.00)
Triple Jump: 1. Brandal Lawrence 15.35m (50-04.50).
WOMEN TEAM SCORES: 1. Baylor 110, 2. Houston 89, 3. TCU 54, 4. Stephen F. Austin 44, 5. Southern Mississippi 36, 6. North Texas 27, 7. Northwestern State 21, 8. Rice 18.5, T9. Sam Houston State 18, T9. Texas Southern 18, 11. Abilene Christian 12.5, 12. Louisiana-Lafayette 12, 13. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 10, 14. Texas A&M 9, 15. New Orleans 7.
5000-Meter Run Finals: 5. Katie Singleton 19:18.77.
60-Meter Hurdles Prelims: Esther Jackson 9.00.