Jackson and Davis win titles on day one of MWC Outdoor Championships
May 11, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Jonathan Jackson won the men's long jump and McKale Davis won the women's 10,000 meters to highlight TCU's day at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships on Friday at SDSU Sports Deck.
The Flyin' Frogs also posted 10 regional qualifying marks, including two first-time marks at the meet. The women's team is in sixth with 14 points, while the men are in fifth with 19 points.
Despite not participating in the long jump or 10,000 meters yet this season Jackson and Davis each earned titles.
Davis, a senior, won the 10,000 meters with a time of 36:22.75. Throughout most of the race, Davis stayed amongst a pack of the top five runners. Davis began to make her move over the course of the last 600 meters or so until she was able to make her move and overtake BYU's Amber Muffin. The win was the first of Davis' career and it also marked TCU's first conference title in the 10,000 meters by a women.
Jackson won despite taking just two attempts in an effort to avoid injury heading into NCAA Regionals, Jackson won the event with a leap of 23-06.00 (7.16m). The title is the second of his career after winning the triple jump at the 2006 MWC Outdoor Championships. The conference title in the long jump is the sixth in school history and first since Aundre Edwards finished first at the C-USA Championships in 2004.
Delaney finished with the fastest time of the day (21.05) en route to earning TCU's first regional qualifying mark of the season in the event. Deborah Jones clocked the third-fastest time in the event with a career-best time of 23.75.
TCU's strength in the sprint events was well represented with the men's team qualifying four sprinters for the 100-meter finals and five for the 200-meter finals. In total, nine of the 18 slots in the 100- and 200-meter finals are represented by TCU. For the women, TCU had four sprinters qualify for the finals in both the 100 and 200 meters.
On the women's side, TCU qualified four runners for the finals of the 100 meters. Virgil Hodge won the event with a regional qualifying time of 11.45. Finishing third was Jamee Jones, who clocked a time of 11.80. Finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, were Kandis Bell (11.90) and Brittany Blaylock (11.92).
The Flyin' Frogs earned three regional qualifying marks in the women's 200 meters, as Hodge posted the fastest time of the day with a time of 23.35. Jamee Jones finished second with a qualifying time of 23.73.
Earning TCU's third regional qualifying mark was Deborah Jones. Also qualifying for Saturday's final was Blaylock, who posted a time of 24.34.
TCU had two of the top three qualifiers in the 400 meters, as Deborah Jones won the event with a season-best and regional qualifying mark of 53.11 and Nathandra John finished third with a regional qualifying mark of 53.58.
For the second time in two meets, Kishelle Paul set a new personal best in an event. Paul followed up her school-record time of 58.18 at the Penn Relays on April 26 with a regional qualifying time of 13.74 in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Paul's time was the top among the two qualifying heats.
Joining Paul in Saturday's finals of the 100-meter hurdles will be Mary Minor, who posted a time of 14.19 and finished ninth overall.
Paul also qualified for the finals in the 400-meter hurdles by finishing third with a regional qualifying mark of 59.95. Also advancing to the finals was Meaghan Peoples, who finished ninth with a time of 61.83. Minor finished 14th with a time of 64.99.
Setting a personal best in the pole vault was freshman Leslie Starnes, who cleared 12-01.50 (3.70m) to finish 11th.
On the men's side, Delaney led TCU in the 200 meters with a time of 21.05. Delaney's time was topped only by Air Force's Travis Picou, who had a wind-aided time of 20.96.
Also advancing to the finals of the 200 meters were Dell Guy, who finished third with a time of 21.10 despite running in the event for the first time this season. Justyn Warner finished fourth with a time of 21.13, Raymond Jones placed seventh (21.48) and Adam Benz finished ninth (21.99). The times by Guy, Warner and Benz had a wind reading of 4.1.
Warner posted the fastest time in prelims with a mark of 10.43, but did not earn a regional mark due to a wind of 4.2. However, Delaney earned his fourth qualifying mark of the season in the event with a time of 10.48 to finish second. Placing fourth was Cooper, who logged a time of 10.74. Benz finished eighth with a time of 10.88. Competing in his first meet as a member of the track and field team, wide receiver Donald Massey clocked a time of 11.14.
In the men's 400 meters, Dell Guy qualified for the finals with a personal-best regional qualifying mark of 47.03. Guy's time placed him second behind only Colorado State's Drew Morano, who clocked a 46.15.
Clint Renfro qualified for the finals in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.06. Renfro's time won heat No. 1 and was the third fastest of the day.
After placing fifth at the 2006 MWC Outdoor Championships, Joe Brown improved his finish in the javelin with a toss of 200-11 (61.25m) to place fourth. The event was won by Air Force's Matthew Schwandt who had a toss of 207-02 (63.14m).
The Mountain West Conference Championships will conclude on Saturday with the men's discus opening the day at 2 p.m. CT.