Flyin' Frogs earn nine gold medals at TCU Invitational
April 21, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - Despite a fierce wind that wiped out five NCAA regional qualifying times, the TCU track and field team posted 16 regional qualifying times to go along with nine gold medals on Saturday at the TCU Invitational.
"We had a warm day and we were able to get some things done," head coach Darryl Anderson said. "I was pleased with the day. I thought we ran well. I thought we competed well. We won our share of events and now we move on to the Penn Relays."
In what was the final of two home meets during the 2007 outdoor season, the Flyin' Frogs began their memorable day with a dedication ceremony for the new track scoreboard and ended the day by winning both the men's and women's 4x400 relays.
Individually, Delwayne Delaney (4x100 and 4x400 relays), Dell Guy (4x100 and 4x400 relays), Virgil Hodge (100 and 200 meters) and Nathandra John (400 meters and 4x400 relay) each earned two gold medals.
In addition to her victories, Hodge's time of 22.81 in the 200 meters not only set a Lowdon Track Complex record and earned her an NCAA regional qualifying mark, it is also currently ranked as the second-fastest time in the world this season. Despite winning the 100, Hodge's time of 11.19 did not count in the record book or toward regional qualifying due to a wind measured at 4.8. Her wind-aided time is ranked first among wind-aided times this season.
"(Virgil) did what she needed to do," Anderson said. "We were working on the last element of the 100, so that she would be in the right position and not start reaching and she did a good job with that. Same thing with the 200, we were working from the 150 to the 200, so we were working on the last segment of the race and she got it right and did what I asked her to do."
Also earning gold medals were Festus Kigen (800 meters), Jonathan Jackson (triple jump), Candis Kelley (shot put), the women's 4x400 relay and both the men's 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Of TCU's 16 regional qualifying marks, four were notched by individuals who hadn't recorded qualifying marks prior to Saturday. Earning qualifying marks for the first time this season were Neidra Covington in the long jump, Jackson in the triple jump, Zelma Wade in the shot put and the men's 4x400 relay team.
In addition to Jackson, also earning regional qualifying marks on the men's side were Guy (400 meters), Renfro (400-meter hurdles) and both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.
On the women's side, Covington also earned a regional qualifying mark in the long jump. Also earning marks were JimAnne Hejny (long jump), Hodge (200 meters), Deborah Jones (400 meters), Jamee Jones (200 meters), John (400 meters), Kelley (shot put), Paul (400 hurdles) and the 4x400 relay.
John won the 400 meters with a clocking of 53.85, while Deborah Jones finished second with a mark of 54.20.
In the men's 800 meters, Kigen earned the first win of his career with a time personal-best time of 1:52.93.
Competing for the first time since indoor season, Jackson won the triple jump for the second straight year with a leap of 52-04.00 (15.95m).
Kelley won the shot put with a season-best throw of 50-03.50 (15.33m), while Wade finished second with a career-best toss of 47-07.25 (14.51m).
Covington posted personal bests in both the long jump and triple jump. Her leap regional qualifying leap of 19-08.75 (6.00m) earned her a fourth-place finish behind her teammate JimAnne Hejny, who finished third with a qualifying leap of 19-08.75 (6.01m). In the triple jump, Covington placed second with a regional qualifying jump of 41-01.00 (12.52m).
Following Hodge's remarkable time in the 200 was Jamee Jones, who posted a regional qualifying time of 23.83.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Paul finished second with a time of 59.79. The mark was the second fastest of her career.
On the men's side, Guy finished second in the 400 meters with a regional qualifying time of 47.11.
Renfro finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a career-best mark of 51.51.
TCU will return to the track April 26-28 for the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Penn.