Flyin' Frogs post nine regional qualifying marks
March 22, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU opened its 2008 outdoor season on Saturday by recording nine regional qualifying marks in the second annual Horned Frog Invitational. Over 2,000 spectators watched the Flyin' Frogs at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex.
"I was pleased with the men's 4x100 and that is going to get better as we get more reps. Overall, it was a solid day. We are coming off the NCAA meet so obviously we were a little emotionally flat, but it was good for us to run in front of the high school kids and coaches," said head coach Darryl Anderson.
In what is the first of a school-record three home meets this spring, which includes the Mountain West Conference Championships in May, the Flyin' Frogs compiled 14 first-place finishes to go along with their nine NCAA regional qualifying marks. Other teams competing on Saturday were UT-Arlington and North Texas. The meet also included a separate division for area high schools.
Earning NCAA regional qualifying marks on the men's side were the men's 4x100, Che Chavez (400 meters), Otis McDaniel (100 meters), Andon Mitchell (100 meters), Justyn Warner (100 meters) and Mychal Dungey (200 meters). On the women's side, the 4x100, Kishelle Paul (100-meter hurdles) and Candis Kelley (shot put) earned NCAA regional qualifying marks.
In the men's 100-meter dash, the Purple and White were led by McDaniel who clocked a time of 10.49 seconds to finish second overall. He was followed by Mitchell and Warner, who both posted times of 10.50 and 10.53, respectively, to finish third and fourth overall in the event. All three times were NCAA regional qualifying marks. Overall, McDaniel posted the second fastest time in the nation, while Mitchell's mark is currently tied for the third fastest time recorded in the NCAA. Orlando Reed of Reebok won the event with a time of 10.44 seconds.
"Anytime you have three kids hit NCAA regional marks in an event it is a solid day. I thought all three of them ran well," said Anderson.
On the women's side, sophomore Brittany Blaylock finished in second-place with a time of 11.99.
The Flyin' Frogs were victories in both the men's and women's 4x100. On the men's side, TCU crossed the finish line in 39.99, while the women posted a time of 45.05. Both times were NCAA regional qualifying marks. In the men's 4x400, the Flyin' Frogs clocked a time of 3:10.45 to finish first overall.
Other highlights on the day included, Paul who won the women's 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.76. Paul, a junior from Marietta, Ga., recorded her first NCAA regional qualifying mark of the spring season. On the men's side, Jordan Pitts clocked a time of 14.32 in the 110-meter hurdles to finish second overall. Pitts just missed an NCAA regional qualifying mark.
In the men's 400 meters, Chavez, who earned All-America honors at the NCAA Indoors, placed second overall in the event with an NCAA regional qualifying time of 46.80 seconds. Chavez was clipped at the line by former Flyin' Frog Lewis Banda, who recorded a time of 46.48 seconds.
Dungey, an Austin native, led all college runners in the men's 200 meters by turning in a time of 20.85 seconds. The freshman posted his first NCAA regional qualifying mark of his career on Saturday to finish second overall in the event. He was followed by fellow freshman Matthew Love who clocked a time of 21.36 to finish in third-place. Love just missed an NCAA regional qualifying mark. Finally, Dell Guy and Clemore Henry crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth with times of 21.50 and 21.56, respectively. On the women's side, junior Jessica Clarke led all TCU runners by posting a time of 24.26 seconds to finish second overall.
In the field events, Kelley, the Mountain West Conference Indoor Champion in the shot put, continued her dominance by posting an NCAA regional qualifying toss of 48 feet, 4 ½ inches to finish in first-place. She was followed by freshman Stormy Harrison who won the women's discus on Friday. Harrison tossed 46 feet, 1 ¼ inches to place second overall. On the men's side, Tommy Killen, who won his second consecutive event at the Horned Frog Invitational, tossed the shot put 51 feet (15.54m) to finish in first-place. Killen won the men's discus on Friday with a regional qualifying toss of 179 feet, 2 inches.
Finally, sophomore Festus Kigen won the men's 1500 meters for the second consecutive year with a personal best time of 3:51.01.
"Festus had a good day today. He ran a personal best and was solid," said Anderson.
Overall, four members of the men's team won individual events. Winning events were Kigen (1500 meters), Sean Zurko (800 meters), Aaron Macklin (400-meter hurdles) and Killen (shot put). The women's team had six student-athletes win events. The first-place finishers were Danielle Selner (1500 meters and 3,000 meters), Ashley Young (800 meters), Paul (100-meter hurdles), Leslie Starnes (pole vault), JimAnne Hejny (long jump) and Kelley (shot put).
"We got some things done today on the track and all of it will come together as our work ethic improves Monday through Thursday. If our work ethic improves then our Saturday's are going to be a lot easier," said Anderson.
TCU will close the month of March at the UTA/Bobby Lane Arlington Invitational next Saturday in Arlington, Texas.