Frogs fly to 12 regional qualifying marks at Horned Frog Invitational
March 24, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - With a gusty wind and temperatures in the high 70s, TCU opened its 2007 outdoor season with a bang on Saturday by recording 12 regional qualifying marks in the inaugural Horned Frog Invitational.
In what is the first of a school-record two home meets this spring, the Flyin' Frogs compiled 16 first-place finishes to go along with their 12 NCAA regional qualifying marks. Joining TCU at the meet were UTA, North Texas, Illinois (women) and St. Gregory's (men). The meet also included a separate division for area high schools.
"Overall, top to bottom, I thought we did a super job," head coach Darryl Anderson said. "We are competing harder and better. We've got to continue to do this all the way through the conference championships in May. I was quite pleased with how we competed."
TCU earned 11 of its 12 regional qualifying marks on the track, including three by the Frogs' relay teams. TCU's 4x400 men's (Jones, Delaney, Cooper, Guy) and women's (D. Jones, J. Jones, Blaylock, John) relay teams each earned victories and the women's team earned a regional qualifying mark. Both 4x100 relay teams picked up regional qualifying marks, but the men's team (Delaney, Warner, Guy, Cooper) placed second while the women (Paul, Hodge, J. Jones, Blaylock) finished first.
On the men's side, Jay Cooper, Delwayne Delaney (100 meters), Dell Guy (400 meters) and Justyn Warner (100 meters) each earned regional qualifying marks.
Individually, Jamee Jones paced TCU with three regional qualifying marks apiece. Jones earned her marks in the 100 meters and as a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
Four members of the men's team won individual events. Winning events were Dell Guy (400 meters), Joe Brown (javelin), Trey Jordan (shot put) and Festus Kigen (1500 meters). The women's team had nine student-athletes win events. The first-place finishers were Virgil Hodge (100 meters), Kishelle Paul (400-meter hurdles), Halie Bullin (3000 meters), Neidra Covington (long jump), Deborah Jones (400 meters), Candis Kelley (shot put), Leslie Starnes (pole vault), Calandra Stewart (1500 meters) and Zelma Wade (discus).
In addition to the first-place finishes TCU also set numerous personal bests. McKale Davis finished second in the 1500 meters with a career-best mark of 4:50.43. Jamee Jones placed second in the 100 meters with a personal-best clocking of 11.40. Delaney posted a personal-best time of 10.29 in the 100 meters. J.T. Reinert clocked a career-best time of 9:03.95 and just missed a first-place finish by less than five-tenths.
TCU will return to the track on March 31 when the Frogs take a short drive to Arlington for the UTA Invitational.