TCU Women Log Two More Regional Marks at Texas Relays
April 2, 2004
Austin, Texas - Freshman sprinter Virgil Hodge and shot putter Zelma Wade earned berths to the NCAA Regional Championships with their season-best performances and both TCU 4x1 relay squads advanced to Saturday's finals, highlighting the Flyin' Frogs efforts on the third day of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday.
Hodge, a freshman from the Bronx, New York, turned in a season-best time of 11.69 seconds to place second in her heat and ninth overall in Friday's 100-meter dash prelims to advance to Saturday's finals. She topped her previous best mark of 11.82 seconds and eased past the NCAA regional qualifying standard of 11.78 seconds. Hodge had previously qualified for the regional meet in the 200 meter dash.
Wade, a freshman from Manor High School in Austin, gave a strong showing to her hometown fans with a second place finish in the "B" section of the women's shot put with a toss of 14.36 meters (47-01.50). That effort was nearly two feet better than her previous best toss of 13.80 meters (45-03.50) and surpassed the NCAA regional qualifying standard of 14.24 meters. Both Hodge and Wade will vie for the Midwest Regional Championship, which will be held on the Texas A&M campus in College Station, May 28-29.
The TCU men's 4x100 meter relay team of Jabari Fields, Cleavon Dillon, Jerry Harris and Michael Frater won its heat and had the third fastest prelim time, circling the oval in a season-best time of 39.65 seconds, well below the NCAA Regional standard. TCU, LSU and Arizona State were the only three schools to finish under the 40-second barrier in Friday's prelims and are the favorites in Saturday's finals. The TCU women's 4x1 quartet of Jamee Jones, Donita Harmon, Kandis Bell and Virgil Hodge also won its heat and advanced to Saturday's finals with a time of 45.26 seconds, the fifth best time recorded on Friday. However, it was not as fast as the 45.16 the same unit posted last Saturday in Arlington. LSU posted the fastest time of the day, circling the track in 44.47 seconds.
In other action involving TCU athletes on Friday, the women's 4x400 meter relay team turned in a prelim time of 3:41.74 to place 15th among 48 teams. Although the quartet of Larissa Bakasa, Jamee Jones, Donita Harmon and Deborah Jones logged an NCAA regional qualifying mark, they did not improve on their best time of the season, which was a 3:38.69 set at the UTA Invitational last weekend. Freshman Jonathan Jackson placed third in the "B" section of the triple jump with a season-best leap of 15.02 meters (49-03.50). Junior Cleavon Dillon placed 16th in the "A" section of the long jump competition with a mark of 7.05 meters (23-01.75). Heather Isbell (11:19.94) and Alayne Thompson (11:20.80) placed 12th and 13th respectively in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase. Freshman MaKeatha Cooper was disqualified in the 100 meter hurdles with a false start.
"We had a mixed bag today," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton. "In any big meet, you have some things go right for you and some things go wrong. We need to build on the things that went right and finish strong on Saturday."
The nationally-acclaimed meet concludes Saturday at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus. In addition to Hodge competing in the 100 meter finals and both sprint relay units, TCU will be represented in the men's 4x400 meter relay.
TCU RESULTS (Friday):
100 meter dash Prelims: 1. Jabari Fields DNS
Triple Jump Finals Section "B": 3. Jonathan Jackson 15.02m (49-03.50)
100 meter Hurdles Prelims: -. MaKeatha Cooper FS
Shot Put Finals Section "B": 2. Zelma Wade 14.36m (47-01.50) (Regional Qualifying Mark)