Frogs Crown Seven Champions at C-USA Meet
May 14, 2005
Houston - Kip Kangogo continued his Conference USA undefeated streak and the Horned Frogs brought home seven event titles as the Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships came to a close at the Lewis/Tellez Track Complex on the University of Houston campus. The TCU men earned runner-up honors in the team standings, while the women placed sixth in their final C-USA competition.
Kangogo, a junior from Kabarnet, Kenya, was the winner in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, giving him six gold medals at the Conference USA Championships in 2005. Earlier this year he won four titles at the C-USA indoor meet, winning the mile, 3,000, 5,000 and the distance medley relay. On Saturday, Kangogo pulled away to easily win the 1,500 meters in a meet and stadium record time of 3:43.82, more than three seconds faster than the meet record of 3:47.02, set by Amos Kipyegon in 1998. He followed that up about 90 minutes later by taking the 5,000 meters in a stadium record time of 14:29.48. He ran the first nine laps even with Louisville's Wesley Korir, then began pulling away over the final three and a half laps; waltzing to a 16-second victory.
TCU continued its tradition in the relay events, passing the stick to a winning time in three of the four events.
The women got the Flyin' Frogs off to a fast start by opening the day with a winning effort in the 4x100 meter relay. The quartet of Nathandra John, Deborah Jones, Jamee Jones and Donita Harmon turned in a season-best time of 44.59 seconds to edge Houston and Southern Miss. The men, running without senior Cleavon Dillon who was injured in the long jump event on Friday and Jay Cooper, who was bothered by a tight hamstring, placed third with a time of 40.10. The Frogs' foursome of Michael DePriest, Otis McDaniel, Delwayne Delaney and Bradley Reed was running as a team for the first time all season.
The Frogs finished the day strong by sweeping the 4x400 meter relays. The Frogs' foursome of Marquita Davis, Deborah Jones, Donita Harmon and Nathandra John broke the meet and stadium record with a time of 3:34.82, while the men's quartet of Quincy Butler, Jacob Hernandez, Jackson Langat and Brett Wilson coasted home to victory in a season-best time of 3:05.70.
Freshman Bradley Reed continued another TCU tradition by capturing his first Conference USA crown in the 100 meter dash. The Greenville, Texas product turned in a time of 10.46 seconds to edge Preston Perry of Houston. It was the sixth consecutive year the Frogs have brought home the 100 meter title, with Reed following in the footsteps of Kim Collins (2000), Lindel Frater (2001), Michael Frater (2002 and 2004) and Jabari Fields (2003). Delwayne Delaney, who had the fastest prelim time on Friday, finished fourth in 10.65 seconds.
As expected the Frogs ran away with the top two spots in the men's 800 meter run, picking up 18 team points. Junior Jackson Langat, the 2003 C-USA champion who was unable to compete last year due to injury, held off freshman teammate Jacob Hernandez to take the title. Langat finished in a meet and stadium record time of 1:47.38, while Hernandez, who was named the C-USA Freshman of the Meet, was second in a season-best time 1:47.96. Senior Justina Malone turned in a time of 2:12.68, her best mark since her freshman season, to place fifth in the 800 on the women's side..
Nathandra John broke the school record in the 400 meter dash, finishing third in 52.92 seconds, just ahead of teammate Deborah Jones, who placed fourth in 53.64. The previous school record was 53.08 seconds, set by Dywana Crudup in 2000. TCU picked up 13 team points in the men's 400. Senior Brett Wilson placed second with a time of 46.61, while Quincy Butler, who spends his falls as a cornerback on the TCU football team, was fourth in 47.21 seconds.
Sophomore MaKeatha Cooper finished second in the 100 meter hurdles with a season-best time of 13.35 seconds. She was the defending champion in the event, but was nipped by Southern Miss standout Raquel Washington, who turned in a time of 13.31 seconds.
In the 200 meters, Donita Harmon ran a season-best and regional qualifying time of 23.49, but was unable to defend her C-USA title, finishing second behind Shareese Woods of Charlotte, who broke the tape in 23.45. On the men's side, a pair of freshmen, Otis McDaniel (20.97) and Bradley Reed (21.15), both ran season-best times to finish fifth and seventh respectively.
Calandra Stewart placed fourth in the women's 1,500 meters with a time of 4:28.92.
This was the final competition of the year for the TCU men's squad. Several women will compete in two weeks at the Midwest Regional Championships, which will be held on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Okla.
TCU RESULTS (Saturday):
400 meters:2. Brett Wilson 46.61; 4. Quincy Butler 47.21..
Triple Jump: 9. Michael DePriest 14.30m (46-11.00).
200 meters: 2. Donita Harmon 23.49.
400 meters: 3. Nathandra John 52.92 (school record); 4. Deborah Jones 53.64.
800 meters: 5. Justina Malone 2:12.68.
1500 meters: 4. Calandra Stewart 4:28.92.
100m Hurdles: 2. MaKeatha Cooper.13.35.
Shot Put: -. Zelma Wade Foul.
MEN: 1. Houston 201; 2. TCU 105; 3. Cincinnati 90; 4. Charlotte 76; 5. USF 70.5; 6. Marquette 70; 7. East Carolina 60; 8. Southern Miss 46; 9. Louisville 40; 10. Memphis 29.5; 11. DePaul 24; 12. Tulane 6.
WOMEN: 1. Houston 137; 2. Southern Miss 116.5; 3. Charlotte 75; 4. USF 74.5; 5. Tulane 63; 6. TCU 58; 7. Cincinnati 57.5; 8. East Carolina 54; 9. UAB 53.5; 10. Marquette 53; 11. Memphis 31; 12. Louisville 24; 13. DePaul 22.