Zurko Clocks NCAA Provisional On Friday
Feb. 12, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Flyin' Frogs opened the Tyson Invitational on Friday with a strong showing inside the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Sean Zurko, a junior from Las Vegas, crushed the NCAA provisional mark in the men's 800-meter run invitational on Friday night, clocking a personal-best time of 1:49.69 to place sixth overall in a field that featured six of the nation's top 25 runners. Zurko, who just missed clipping former two-time NCAA Champion Jacob Hernandez at the line, recorded the 14th-fastest time in the NCAA and the No. 1 time in the Mountain West Conference on Friday night.
In the prelims of the men's 60 meters, freshman Skye Dawson just missed an NCAA provisional, recording a personal-best time of 6.78 seconds to finish 17th overall in preliminary action. Dawson just missed qualifying for the consolation finals inside the Randal Tyson Track Center on Friday. Fellow freshman Charles Silmon won heat No. 1 on Friday afternoon, but failed to advance.
Whitney Gipson led TCU in the women's long jump on Friday night, soaring 20 feet, ¼ inches to place ninth overall.
In a field that featured three of the top 5 times in the NCAA, junior Matthew Love finished 15th overall in the men's 400 meters with a personal-best indoor time of 47.361 seconds. Love, who clocked the 27th-fastest time in the nation on Friday, won heat No. 9 and just missed an NCAA provisional. Clemore Henry followed in 18th-place with a seasonal-best time of 47.46 seconds. Finally, fellow senior Dell Guy crossed the finish line in first-place in heat No. 12 to finish 23rd overall with a seasonal-best time of 47.67 seconds. All three Flyin' Frogs won their respective heats on Friday in the men's 400 meters.
On the women's side, Kristal Juarez opened the day, clocking a personal-best indoor time of 54.68 seconds to place first in heat No. 9 and 19th overall in the women's 400 meters. Juarez just missed an NCAA provisional qualifying mark on Friday afternoon.
Other highlights on the first day of competition included, Agnes Kemboi collecting runner-up honors in the women's mile, while Jeff Pels recorded a personal-best time to place ninth overall out of 24 runners in the men's mile on Friday night.
TCU will continue action tomorrow at the Tyson Invitational. The Flyin' Frogs will begin competition at Noon with the women's shot put.