Jackson leaps for gold in day three of Texas Relays
April 7, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas - In what turned out to be the hottest day of the 79th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, the Flyin' Frogs had a total of seven NCAA regional qualifiers Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. Among those qualifiers included men's triple jump winner Jonathan Jackson and sophomore Virgil Hodge, who advanced to Saturday's 100-meter finals.
Jackson, a sophomore from Grand Prairie, Texas, recorded a season-best 51-07.00 (15.72m) leap late Friday afternoon in section `B' of the University/College division. The mark gave Jackson his second gold medal in the men's triple jump this season.
Hodge will get a shot at the gold Saturday in the finals after running an 11.49 in heat three of the 100-meter preliminaries. The sophomore has turned in a regional qualifying time in the event in all three events she has competed in the 2006 outdoor campaign.
Frogs posting NCAA regional qualifying times or marks Friday included the men's 4x100 meter relay team (40.10), men's discus thrower Tommy Killen (172-06, 52.58m) and Kip Kangogo in the men's 1500 meter run (3:47.11).
The TCU women had two NCAA regional qualifying times in addition to Hodge. The 4x400 meter relay squad of Marquita Davis, Jamee Jones, Kishelle Paul and Deborah Jones posted a 3:37.02, while freshman Candis Kelley tossed a 48-02.50 (14.69m).
TCU will conclude its final day of competition at the Texas Relays with the Frogs taking the track at 12:35 p.m. Central in the men's 4x200 meter relay. The four-day meet will conclude with the 4x400 relay event, with the men competing after the women's 4x400 meter relay race at 4:25 p.m.
Log on to www.texassports.com for a complete schedule of events and results for the Texas Relays.