Frogs earn two NCAA regional qualifying marks in 400-meter hurdles
April 5, 2007
AUSTIN, Texas - A pair of TCU newcomers shined brightly on Thursday during day two of the Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Just seven events were slated for Thursday, with just two TCU student-athletes competing in the men's and women's 400-meter hurdles.
With the bulk of events at the Texas Relays beginning on Friday, both freshman Clint Renfro and Iowa State transfer Meaghan Peoples turned in NCAA regional qualifying marks in the 400-meter hurdles.
Competing in the prelims of the women's 400-meter hurdles, Peoples earned TCU's first NCAA regional qualifying time of the meet, as she finished in a time of 1:00.65 to place third in Heat 3. Peoples' time was the 18th-best at the meet. Only the top nine finishers advanced Saturday's 400-meter final. The top time for the competition was held by LSU's Nickiesha Wilson, who clocked a 56.67.
"I was pleased with how Meaghan (Peoples) ran," head coach Darryl Anderson said. "She got her NCAA regional qualifying mark out of the way and it is another regional mark for our women's team. It is great for the young lady, who just got here in January after transferring from Iowa State. She is only going to get better."
Renfro followed up Peoples' performance with his own NCAA regional qualifying time in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Also a wide receiver on the TCU football team, Renfro finished third in Heat 3 with a clocking of 51.64. Renfro's time placed him 12th overall, as he finished just .18 seconds and three slots out of qualifying for Saturday's finals. The top time in the event was a 50.31 turned in by Georgia's Justin Gaymon.
"Clint's performance is a testament to the training that football provides and the training that we do," Anderson said. "To be able to finish third in the same heat as the defending NCAA champion (BYU's Chris Carter) shows how talented he is. He has so much upside in the event that it is scary. We only had one training session this week and he had never competed in this event, so it shows how good of an athlete."
The Texas Relays will continue on Friday beginning with the women's 4x100 relay at 9:30 a.m. Live results will be available on www.gofrogs.com.