Dillon Takes Silver in Long Jump at C-USA Meet
May 13, 2005
Houston - Senior Cleavon Dillon, competing in his final meet in his TCU career, earned a silver medal in the long jump competition but suffered a knee injury on his final attempt, as the second day of the Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships came to a close at the Lewis/Tellez Track Complex on the University of Houston campus.
Dillon, a three-time all-American, posted a best jump of 7.73 meters to finish second, just one and half inches behind Houston's Brandon Bray. However, Dillon suffered a sprained knee in his final attempt and had to scratch out of the 100 meter dash. His status in the 4x100 meter relay on Saturday is doubtful.
"It went from looking like a good day to now just trying to hang in there," said TCU head coach Darryl Anderson. "The odds are against Cleavon being able to compete tomorrow."
In other finals completed on Friday, Zelma Wade scored the TCU women's first points with a seventh place finish in the discus throw. Wade, a sophomore from Manor, Texas, posted a best toss of 42.97m (141-0). Joey Kramer placed ninth in the men's discus event with a mark of 151-10, over 15 feet further than his previous best effort. Steven Lenney and Cody Cook finished 13th and 16th respectively in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase.
In prelims conducted on Friday, the TCU men continued their strong tradition in the sprints by sending a pair of runners to the finals in the 100 meter dash. Sophomore Delwayne Delaney ran a season best time of 10.37 seconds to win his heat and post the day's fastest time. Freshmen Bradley Reed also won his heat, coasting to a time of 10.62 seconds.
In the men's 200 meters, freshman Otis McDaniel turned in his fastest time of the season with a heat-winning mark of 20.89 seconds. Reed posted a 21.05, the day's eighth fastest time, to earn the final spot in Saturday's finals.
In the women's 200 meters, Donita Harmon advanced to Saturday's finals with the seventh fastest time of 23.91 seconds. Harmon, who was named to the Conference USA all-decade team earlier in the week, is the defending champion in the event, winning last year in Louisville with a time of 23.14.
The Frogs took care of business in both the men's and women's 400 meters. On the women's side, Nathandra John posted the day's best time with a clocking of 54.06 seconds. Teammate Deborah Jones also won her heat and advanced to Saturday's finals with a time of 54.47. On the men's side, senior Brett Wilson ran away in his heat with a season-best and meet-leading time of 46.33 seconds, just 17-hundredths of a second off his career best mark of 46.17. Quincy Butler also advanced to the finals with the sixth fastest time of 47.91.
As expected, TCU 800 meter standouts Jackson Langat and Jacob Hernandez proved to be the class of the event. Both won their heats and posted the fastest two prelim times with Langat finishing in 1:50.14 and Hernandez breaking the tape in 1:51.70. Senior Justina Malone advanced to the finals in the women's 800 with a time of 2:28.51.
Calandra Stewart easily advanced to Saturday's final in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:42.36. She placed second in her heat and second overall, but was well off her season best time of 4:28.10.
MaKeatha Cooper, the defending Conference USA champion in the women's 100 meter hurdles, easily won her heat and advanced to Saturday's finals with the fastest time in the prelims of 13.68 seconds. Mary Minor (14.60) and Julie Curtis (14.80) failed to advance to the final round.
"We're doing some good things on paper," noted Anderson. "We advanced a couple people to the finals in a bunch of events, but it was not a good day with Cleavon getting hurt. We're going to compete and hang in there and do what we can, but it didn't exactly go the way we planned. We'll try to get through it as best we can."
The conference meet concludes on Saturday with the field events beginning at noon and the first track event slated for 1 p.m.
TCU RESULTS (Friday):
Discus: 9. Joey Kramer 46.28m (151-10).
Discus: 7. Zelma Wade 42.97m (141-00).
100 meters: 10. Jamee Jones 11.77.
1500 meters: 2. Calandra Stewart 4:42.36Q.
Women - Team Rankings - 9 Events Scored
1) Houston 49 2) Southern Miss 46.50 3) USF 45.50 4) Cincinnati 45 5) East Carolina 30 6) Marquette 27 7) Tulane 22 8) Louisville 19 8) DePaul 19 10) Memphis 16 11) Charlotte 15 11) UAB 15 13) TCU 2
Men - Team Rankings - 7 Events Scored
1) Houston 46 2) Marquette 39 3) Cincinnati 35 4) East Carolina 30 5) Charlotte 25 6) USF 23 7) TCU 17 7) Southern Miss 17 9) Louisville 16 10) DePaul 10 11) Memphis 9 12) Tulane 6