Langat captures individual 800m title
March 11, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center with TCU's Jackson Langat, Lewis Banda and the men's 4x400 relay team of Langat, Banda, Quincy Butler and Otis McDaniel garnering All-America honors.
"I'm very pleased with our men's performances," TCU head track and field coach Darryl Anderson said. "It makes a big statement for the program with where we've been and the direction that we're heading in. Today has been a great accomplishment for our athletes and the school."
Langat, who posted a 1:49.77 in Friday's preliminaries of the men's 800 meters, went on to clinch the individual title Saturday. He ran a season-best time of 1:47.02 to take the crown as the NCAA 800 meter individual champion and to receive the distinction as an All-American.
"I'm thrilled for Jackson (Langat)," coach Anderson said. "He has been through a lot at TCU, and to finish his indoor eligibility with an NCAA title is a great accomplishment for him."
Banda, Butler and McDaniel also collected All-America honors. Banda, who broke his home nation's record (Zimbabwe) in the 400 meters on Friday with a time of 45.67 in the prelims, followed up with a third-place finish in Saturday's finals with a 45.85 mark.
Langat and Banda each picked up their second All-America accolade as the seniors joined Butler and McDaniel in the men's 4x400 meter relay. The quartet crossed the line in 3:08.82 to finish eighth and take the final All-America spot.
"For our men's relay team to come home as All-Americans shows the kind of success they're going to have in the outdoor season," coach Anderson added.
TCU will open the outdoor season on March 25 at the Dr. Pepper Invitational in Waco, Texas.