Edwards, Kinyanjui Improve Marks at Last Chance Meet
March 6, 2004
TCU long jumper Aundre Edwards and distance runner Mary Kinyanjui significantly improved their season marks at the Last Chance Meet in Ames, Iowa today, earning a probable trip to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Edwards, a senior from Kingston, Jamaica, won the long jump competition with a season-best and NCAA provisional mark of 7.83 meters (25-8.25). Edwards, who has been hampered by a hamstring injury for much of the season, defended his Conference USA long jump title a week ago in Houston with a then-season best mark of 7.60 meters. A fourth place finisher at the NCAA outdoor championships last June, Edwards appears to be peaking at the right time and is poised to make a strong push at the national indoor meet next weekend. He is the school's indoor record holder in the long jump with a personal best of 7.87 meters and placed 11th at the NCAA indoor championships a year ago.
Kinyanjui, a junior from Kiambu, Kenya, broke the school record in the 5,000 meter run, turning in an NCAA provisional time of 16:23.55 to take first place honors. Kinyanjui, the Conference USA indoor champion at 5,000 meters, easily broke the TCU record of 16:57.00, set by Robin Schacht in 1999. The 2003 Conference USA cross country champion had a previous personal best of 17:02.34 at the 5K distance indoors.
In other events involving TCU competitors, Jabari Fields finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.72 seconds. He posted a time of 6.71 seconds in the semifinals, but was unable to improve on his 6.69 clocking, set in the prelim round of the Conference USA championship. Donita Harmon was a fifth place finisher in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.09. She did not improve on her mark of 23.83, set on February 13 in Fayetteville. Freshman MaKeatha Cooper took the top spot in the 60-meter hurdles with an NCAA provisional time of 8.34 seconds, but was unable to improve on her Conference USA gold medal winning time of 8.30 seconds. Cleavon Dillon placed 11th in the long jump competition with a best jump of 6.89 meters (22-07.25). That was not an improvement on his jump of 7.31 meters (23-11.75), set February 7 in Houston. Chris Peoples tied for 12th in the high jump, clearing 2.04 meters (6-8.25). Peoples' best jump this season was 2.17 meters at Fayetteville on February 13. The women's 4x400 meter relay was running at a clip that looked to be an improvement on their school record and NCAA provisional mark of 3:39.56, but Marquita Davis, running the anchor leg, suffered a foot injury and was unable to finish the race.
"Aundre and Mary should be able to get into the NCAA meet with those marks," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton. "The women's 4x4 was rolling, but Marquita has been having problems with that foot and was unable to finish. Overall, it was a pretty good day."
Next week, TCU will take part in the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, March 12-13. TCU has automatic qualifiers in Jerry Harris (400 meters), Jackson Langat (800 meters) and the men's 4x400 meter relay team.
60-meter dash Prelims: Jabari Fields 6.84
60-meter dash Semifinals: Jabari Fields 6.71
60-meter dash Finals: 2. Jabari Fields 6.72
200-meter dash: 5. Donita Harmon 24.09
5,000-meter run: 1. Mary Kinyanjui 16:23.55 (NCAA provisional mark; school record)
60-meter Hurdles Prelims: MaKeatha Cooper 8.42
60-meter Hurdles Finals: 1. MaKeatha Cooper 8.34
Long Jump: 1. Aundre Edwards 7.83m (25-08.25) (NCAA provisional mark); 11. Cleavon Dillon 6.89m (22-07.25)
High Jump: T12. Chris Peoples 2.04m (6-08.25)