Frogs Take Third In Distance Medley Relay at Texas Relays
April 9, 2005
Austin, Texas - The TCU Flyin' Frogs battled some adversity on the final day of the 78th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Saturday. The Frogs were without senior sprinters Cleavon Dillon and Brett Wilson, both of whom woke up Saturday with stomach viruses and were unable to compete.
Despite having to make adjustments in their relays, the Frogs still turned in a solid afternoon of running.
"Im not disappointed," said TCU head coach Darryl Anderson. "Although it wasn't a 'TCU' day, we competed. It was a great experience for our younger athletes to get a taste of being on the big stage here today."
The highlight of the day for the Frogs came in the men's distance medley relay. Despite having to substitute freshman Jay Cooper on the 400 meter leg for Wilson, the squad's top quartermiler, the Frogs still put maybe their most impressive DMR quartet in school history on the track. The Flyin' Frog foursome of Jackson Langat (1200), Cooper (400), Jacob Hernandez (800) and Kip Kangogo (1600) turned in a time of 9:42.95 to earn the bronze medal behind Kansas (9:40.95) and Arkansas (9:41.93).
"It was a really good race," said Darryl Anderson. "It went back-and-forth the whole way. Kansas and Arkansas just had a little more than we did at the end."
In the men's 100 meter dash, Bradley Reed finished sixth with a time of 10.33 seconds. The Greenville, Texas native was the top freshman finisher in the field.
Sophomore Calandra Stewart earned a fifth place finish in the "A" section of the women's 1500 meters with a time of 4:31.79.
The TCU women took part in the invitational mile relay. The quartet of Nathandra John, Kandis Bell, Jordan Durham and Deborah Jones finished fifth with a time of 3:42.48.
The men's 4x400 meter relay team also ran without Wilson. Despite that, the Frogs were leading the race into the third leg when the baton was knocked out of Cooper's hand. By the time he recovered, the Frogs were well out of the race and finished eighth with a time of 3:26.39.
Without Dillon available, the men's 4x100 meter relay unit was scratched, as was Kip Kangago in the invitational mile run.
"We just ran into a little bad luck today," said Anderson. "With Cleavon and Brett not able to run, we had to scratch the 4x1 relay and had to make changes to the relays all day. Then we dropped the baton in the 4x4. I'm proud of our guys because even though we were making late changes, no one complained. They just went out and competed."
The Frogs will be in action again next Saturday when they travel to Norman, Oklahoma to take part in the Oklahoma Invitational. That is also the site of the 2005 Midwest Regional meet.
TCU RESULTS (Saturday only):
100 meter dash: 6. Bradley Reed 10.33.
1500 meter Run: 5. Calandra Stewart 4:31.79