Kangogo takes silver in men's 5,000 meters
May 26, 2006
AUSTIN, Texas - TCU representation remains strong after day one of the 2006 NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Midwest Regional at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. Senior Kip Kangogo capped off Friday evening with a silver medal in the men's 5,000-meter run. In addition, seven Flyin' Frogs advanced to the regional finals Saturday.
In all, a total of 10 TCU track athletes along with both the men's and women's 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads will get a chance to secure a spot in the national meet next month.
The Frogs got off to a good start Friday with the women's 4x100 relay team becoming the first TCU contingent to qualify for Saturday's finals. The foursome of Kishelle Paul, Virgil Hodge, Jamee Jones and Deborah Jones won their heat with the third-fastest time (44.21) in the event overall.
Not to be outdone, the men's 4x100 quartet of Bradley Reed, Justyn Warner, Delwayne Delaney and Otis McDaniel gave regional meet host Texas a scare in the final stretch of the second heat. McDaniel, anchoring the squad, kicked into full gear and came significantly close to catching up with eventual heat winner Texas near the finish line. The Frog foursome recorded their fastest time of the season (39.33), finishing second in the heat by 0.08 second and advancing to the finals on Saturday.
The TCU women had four individuals qualify for the finals Saturday, including Virgil Hodge in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. The Frog men will be represented by seniors Jackson Langat (800m) and Lewis Banda (400m) and Otis McDaniel (100m).
The first pair of individuals to make the cut for TCU were Jackson Langat and Virgil Hodge. Langat ran 1:49.68 in the first heat of the men's 800 meters to finish as one of the top two runners, while Hodge won her heat by turning in her fastest time under any condition with an 11.07 time in the women's 100 meters.
Senior Julie Curtis pulled ahead for the lead down the stretch in the women's 400-meter hurdles, but came in second in the final heat by 0.07 seconds. She was one of eight hurdlers to advance to Saturday's finals.
Two of three Frog women in the 400 meters qualified for the regional finals. Nathandra John won the first heat of the event in 53.41, while Deborah Jones finished second in her heat with a time of 53.56.
McDaniel broke his own personal-best mark in the men's 100 meters, posting a 10.28 in heat three of the event to advance to the finals Saturday. The sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, established his fastest time in the 100 meters two weeks ago at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships when he won the event with a time of 10.29.
In the field events, freshman Tommy Killen placed eighth overall in the finals of the men's discus throw. He recorded his second-best throw of the season with a 183-09 (56.01m) toss.
Saturday marks the conclusion of the Midwest Regional. Field events are set for 1 p.m. (CT) and the running events begin at 5:30 p.m. (CT).
For complete results of the 2006 NCAA Midwest Regional, log onto the following web sites: www.texassports.com or www.ncaasports.com.
NCAA MIDWEST REGIONAL
800 Meter Dash - Preliminaries
5000 Meter Run - Finals
Discus Throw - Finals
100 Meter Dash - Preliminaries
100 Meter Hurdles - Preliminaries
400 Meter Hurdles - Preliminaries
Shot Put - Preliminaries