Curtis sets school record in 400-meter hurdles at Penn Relays
April 27, 2006
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - TCU track and field received outstanding performances from its women's contingent on the first day of the 2006 Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Julie Curtis set a new school record in the 400-meter hurdles, while the TCU women relay units qualified for the finals in the 4x100 and 4x400.
"It was an exceptional day," TCU track and field head coach Darryl Anderson said. "The women stepped up in all areas. It was great to see Julie (Curtis) break her own school record, and the relays teams performing very well with the 4x100 squad beating some top-ranked teams in its heat and the 4x400 unit staying close to No. 1-ranked Texas. I'm quite pleased with their performances, and now it's time to focus on the men tomorrow."
A senior from Manhattan, Kan., Curtis won her heat with a personal-best time of 59.36 in the College Women 400m Hurdles "Championship." She broke both her personal and school records (56.40), which she established at the Conference USA Outdoor Track Championships on May 17, 2003, in Charlotte, N.C.
Both TCU relay squads were stellar on the day. The 4x4 of Marquita Davis, Deborah Jones, Kishelle Paul and Nathandra John posted a season-best 3:34.16, placing second overall behind top-ranked Texas who won by 0.95. The foursome will compete in the finals on Saturday.
The Frog women 4x1 team of Paul, Virgil Hodge, J. Jones, and D. Jones advanced to the finals on Friday. The quartet won their heat in 44.54, beating No. 8 Stanford and 19th-ranked Tennessee. It was second fastest time in the event Thursday.
The TCU men will hit the track Friday, while the finals of the College Women 4x100 race will be the only action for the Frog women on the day.
A complete schedule and event results for the 2006 Penn Relays can be obtained by logging onto Penn's official web site at www.PennAthletics.com.
TCU's Tentative Schedule at 2006 Penn Relays