TCU Relay Squads Shine in Austin
April 3, 2004
Austin, Texas - Strong performances from three relay teams highlighted the Flyin' Frogs efforts on the fourth and final day of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The Frogs competed in four events on Saturday, logging NCAA Regional qualifying marks in each event.
The TCU men's 4x100 meter relay unit made a strong statement as a national title contender with a silver medal performance, turning in a season-best time of 39.11 seconds to finish behind only LSU's 38.93. The TCU foursome of Jabari Fields, Cleavon Dillon, Jerry Harris and Michael Frater defeated sprint quartets from Arizona State, USC, Florida State, Texas, Mississippi State and Florida among others.
The TCU men's 4x400 meter relay squad of Che Chavez, Brett Wilson, Dwayne Lynes-Bell and Jerry Harris placed fifth in the Cleburne Price, Jr. Invitational event. The Flyin' Frog foursome, which placed eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas in March, logged a time of 3:05.56 in its first outdoor competition of the year. Baylor won the event in 3:01.06, ahead of Florida, Arizona State and LSU.
The TCU women's 4x100 meter relay squad also earned a fifth place finish with a season-best time of 44.66 seconds. The quartet of Jamee Jones, Donita Harmon, Kandis Bell and Virgil Hodge cut six-tenths of a second off their prelim time of 45.26 and finished behind only LSU, Baylor, Miami (Fla.) and Louisiana Tech, and ahead of USC, Rice and Houston.
Hodge was the only TCU athlete to compete in an individual event on Saturday. The freshman from the Bronx, New York placed ninth in the women's 100 meter dash finals with a time of 11.72 seconds. Although it was below the NCAA Regional qualifying standard of 11.78 seconds, it was three-hundredths of a second slower than the 11.69 time she logged in Friday's prelims.
"Overall it was a pretty good day," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton. "All three relay units ran well, but the men's 4x1 ran very well. We came out of the meet healthy, and that's the most important thing. Now we'll get ready for next week."
The Frogs will be in action again next Saturday when they travel to College Station, Texas to take part in the Texas A&M Invitational. The meet will be held at the site of the 2004 NCAA Regional Championships, which will be contested May 28-29.
TCU RESULTS (Saturday):
100 meter dash: 9. Virgil Hodge 11.72 (Regional Qualifying Mark)