Frogs turn in 15 regional qualifying marks at Bobby Lane Arlington Invitational
April 1, 2006
ARLINGTON, Texas - TCU collected a total of six gold medals, three each from the Flyin' Frog men and women, and posted 15 NCAA regional qualifying marks Saturday at the Bobby Lane Arlington Invitational at Maverick Stadium. The Flyin' Frogs got first-place showings from Lewis Banda, Virgil Hodge, Jonathan Jackson, Candis Kelley, Tommy Killen and Kishelle Paul.
"I thought we had a good day," TCU track and field head coach Darryl Anderson said. "We got outstanding performances from Virgil (Hodge) and Candis (Kelley). There was improvement across the board from our men and women, which is good since we'll be competing at the Texas Relays in Austin next week."
For the second straight meet this season, Hodge and junior Jamee Jones turned in regional qualifying marks in the 100 meters. Hodge took the gold with a time of 11.33, while J. Jones came in second at 11.64. It marked the second consecutive outdoor meet the duo finished first and second, respectively, in the same event.
The Frogs got strong performances from freshman Kishelle Paul and senior Julie Curtis. Paul picked up her fourth gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles this season as she finished in 61.08, while Curtis took the silver with a time of 61.90.
Kelley, a freshman from College Station, Texas, won the women's shot put for the second time in the 2006 outdoor campaign. Her regional qualifying toss of 49-07.00 (15.11m) is the second-best mark of her young TCU career.
Top women finishers for TCU also included senior Calandra Stewart and Marquita Davis. Stewart ran a 4:32.31 in the 1500 meters to a runner-up finish, while Davis claimed the bronze in the 400 meters with a 55.61 time.
Banda, who recorded a runner-up finish (20.81) in the 200 meters for his second regional qualifying time of the outdoor season in the event, set a new all-time Mountain West Conference record in the 400 meters. The senior from Zimbabwe claimed the top honor in the 400m with a regional qualifying mark of 46.22.
Earlier in the day, the Frogs had three regional qualifiers in the 100 meters with McDaniel running a personal-best 10.41 for fourth place. Justyn Warner was a close fifth with a time of 10.42, while Bradley Reed was sixth at 10.48.
Sophomore Che Chavez qualified for a spot to Regionals as he finished third in the 400 meters with a time of 47.19.
TCU's 4x100 meter relay team had a silver-medal and regional qualifying performance as the foursome of Delaney, Warner, McDaniel and Reed crossed the line in 40.13.
The Frogs had solid performers in the field from Jonathan Jackson, Tommy Killen and Joe Brown. Jackson leaped 50-10.25 (15.50m) into first place in the triple jump and notched a spot at an NCAA regional meet.
Killen, a freshman from New Iberia, La., recorded his second straight gold-medal performance of the outdoor season as he tossed a 176-09 (53.87m) to win the discus.
Brown, this week's Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track Co-Athlete of the Week, threw a 211-01 (64.33m) in the javelin to secure a third-place finish.
TCU will gear up for one of its biggest outdoor meets of the season April 5-8, when the Frogs head to Austin, Texas, for the 78th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Bobby Lane Arlington Invitational
TCU Men's Final Results
TCU Women's Final Results
*Regional qualifying mark