Harrison blasts complex record on Friday in shot put
May 16, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - Stormy Harrison won the women's shot put title on Friday with the second longest throw in Mountain West Conference Championship history to lead the Flyin' Frogs at the MWC Outdoor Championships.
"All-in-all, the qualifying areas went well for us. We didn't really do well in some events, but as I told the kids we have to live in the present and can't look back," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "We need to come in here tomorrow and win as many individual championships as we can because that's where we are at right now."
Harrison, a native of Cisco, blasted the shot 52 feet, 2 ½ inches, to set a new Lowdon Track and Field Complex record and post the No. 20 throw in the NCAA this spring. Her toss is a personal best toss and a regional qualifying mark. She was followed by teammate and defending MWC Champion Candis Kelley who earned runner-up honors with a regional qualifying throw of 50 feet, 2 inches. Overall, TCU has now won the women's shot put for three-consecutive years. Harrison broke Alexis McCall's previous complex record of 51 feet, ¼ inches set in 2002.
"Stormy Harrison and Candis Kelley were outstanding today. Stormy was phenomenal and that's the first time Candis has been beat in a Mountain West Conference Championship," said Anderson. "I'm pleased that we get to keep that title in Fort Worth."
On the day, TCU recorded 16 NCAA regional qualifying marks and qualified 24 individuals for Saturday's finals. The Flyin' Frog women currently sit in fourth-place with 25 points, while the men are sixth with 19 points going into the final day of competition.
In the men's long jump, senior Jonathan Jackson earned runner-up honors by soaring 24 feet, 8 ¼ inches. Jackson's seasonal best leap was his best in four years and a regional qualifying mark. Wyoming's Jeremiah James won the event with a jump of 24 feet, 9 ¼ inches.
TCU senior Virgil Hodge once again had a solid day on the track as she posted the top preliminary times in both the 100 and 200 meters. In the 100, Hodge clocked a regional qualifying time of 11.45 seconds to lead all runners. Sophomore Brittany Blaylock also qualified for Saturday's final with a regional qualifying time of 11.64 seconds. She placed third overall in the event.
Hodge broke her own meet record in the 200 meters by crossing the finish line in 22.78 seconds. Overall, TCU clocked the three-fastest times in preliminary action with Jessica Clarke and Blaylock recording NCAA regional qualifying times of 23.34 and 23.79, respectively, to place second and third overall.
On the men's side in the 100 meters, the Flyin' Frogs were led by Justyn Warner, Andon Mitchell and Otis McDaniel. Warner, who posted the top-time in the event, qualified for Saturday's final with a regional qualifying time of 10.45 seconds. He was followed by Mitchell who crossed the finish line with a regional qualifying time of 10.48 seconds. Finally, McDaniel placed third overall in preliminary competition with a time of 10.54 seconds.
TCU dominated the men's 200 meters with seven different Flyin' Frogs qualifying for Saturday's final. Leading the way was sophomore Clemore Henry who clocked a time of 21.08 seconds to place first overall. Henry's mark is a personal best and an NCAA regional qualifying mark. McDaniel, a junior from San Antonio, was next with a time of 21.10 seconds, while freshman Mychal Dungey recorded a time of 21.42 seconds to qualify for the finals.
In the women's 400 meters, Clarke breezed to a first-place finish by posting a personal best time of 53.34 seconds. Her time was an NCAA regional qualifying mark and currently ranks in the top 25 in the NCAA.
Other highlights on the day included, Kishelle Paul clocking the top-time in the women's 100-meter hurdles with a personal best and regional qualifying time of 13.64 seconds. The junior came back later in the day to post the third-fastest time in preliminary action of the 400-meter hurdles with a regional qualifying time of 1:00.13 seconds. Fellow junior Meaghan Ryan also qualified for Saturday's final with the eighth-fastest time on Friday. On the men's side, freshman Jordan Pitts qualified for the finals in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles with times of 14.59 and 52.87, respectively.
In other field events, junior Tommy Killen posted an NCAA regional qualifying toss of 173 feet to place sixth overall out of 13 competitors in the men's discus. In the women's long jump, junior JimAnne Hejny scored four points for TCU by leaping 19 feet, 8 inches to finish in fourth-place.
"We need to come back tomorrow and see what we can do," said Anderson. "Hopefully, the kids will move forward and take care of the things they can control. If we can do that then we will see where the chips fall."
TCU will close competition tomorrow at the 2008 Mountain West Conference Championships in Fort Worth. Start time is set for 10 a.m. with the women's discus.