Flyin' Frogs Send Four To Finals
May 30, 2001
The TCU Flyin' Frogs men's outdoor track and field team took its first steps towards a possible national championship, advancing four entries to the finals in action today at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.
The Frogs' 4x100-meter relay team of Lindel Frater, David Spencer, Darvis Patton and Kim Collins got things underway b y winning its heat with the second fastest time on the day. The foursome, which came into the meet with the nation's fastest time in the event, turned in a mark of 38.70, just four one-hundreths of a second behind Tennessee, which posted an outstanding time of 38.66. The teams will go head-to-head in the finals, slated for late Friday afternoon.
Eliud Njubi was up next for the Frogs in the semifinals of the 800-meters. Njubi, the junior from Kenya, moved up from fourth to second in his heat over the final 50 meters to advance to Friday's finals with the sixth fastest time of 1:48.36.
The Frogs sent three runners to the starting blocks in the semifinals of the 200-meter dash. Kim Collins and Darvis Patton each won his respective heat, advancing to Saturday's finals. Collins posted a time of 20.08, the second fastest time overall, while Patton's mark of 20.31 was the fifth fastest of the day. Kendrick Campbell finished in a time of 20.62, the 10th fastest mark overall, and failed to advance to Saturday's finals.
The Frogs were not as fortunate on the women's side. Monica Twum ran a season-best time of 23.20 in the 200 meters, but placed 12th overall and failed to advance to the finals. The 4x100 meter relay team of Sonia Williams, Chaunte Baldwin, Janice Thomas and Monica Twum had a poor second exchange and turned in a time of 44.85 and a 10th place finish.
"It was a good, solid day for us," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton. "We advanced everybody we needed to advance. Eliud made us a little nervous in the 800, but got the job done. Monica ran a season-best time, but the field was just too strong. We need another good day tomorrow."
The Frogs will have another busy day on Thursday. Darvis Patton and Jason Howard will compete in the finals of the long jump. Freshman Reggie Harrell will make his first NCAA appearance in the trials of the 110-meter high hurdles. The 100-meter dash will also have its first round of competition, with Kim Collins, Lindel Frater and Darvis Patton running for TCU on the men's side and Monica Twum on the women's side. Eliud Njubi will take part in the semifinals of the 1,500 meter run.