Paul wins NCAA Midwest Regional
May 31, 2008
LINCOLN, Neb. - Kishelle Paul claimed the regional championship in the women's 400-meter hurdles on Saturday to qualify for the NCAA Championships on the final day of the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional.
"Today was not one of our stellar days," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "We as a staff have to do a better job of preparing the kids so that they understand the circumstances of what is in front of them. We have to go back and figure out how to show up as a team on a regular basis. It was pretty disappointing, but I am happy for the kids that took care of business and got out of the region."
Earning NCAA automatic bids on Saturday was the men's 4x100, Paul (400-meter hurdles), Virgil Hodge (100 meters), Andon Mitchell (100 meters), Otis McDaniel (200 meters) and Jonathan Jackson (Triple Jump).
Paul, a junior from Georgia, recorded a seasonal best time of 57.81 seconds to win the regional. Her time is currently ranked No. 10 in the NCAA and is the top mark in the Mountain West Conference.
The men's 4x100 unit of Clemore Henry, Mychal Dungey, Andon Mitchell and Otis McDaniel opened the day clocking a seasonal best time of 39.70 to qualify for the NCAA Championships by placing third overall in the event.
In the women's 100, Virgil Hodge, a senior from St. Kitts, qualified for nationals by crossing the finish line in 11.61 seconds. Hodge, a six-time All-American, collected a fifth-place finish in the event. On the men's side, Mitchell also qualified with a seasonal best time of 10.30 seconds to place fourth overall.
McDaniel came back later in the day to qualify for nationals in the men's 200 meters. The junior crossed the finish line in fifth-place with a time of 20.86 seconds, while Dungey just missed an automatic berth, placing sixth overall with a time of 20.91. On the women's side, Hodge posted a time of 23.30 seconds to lead the Flyin' Frogs with a seventh-place finish.
In the 400 meters, Jessica Clarke posted a time of 53.62 to finish in seventh-place, while Matthew Love crossed the finish line with a seasonal best time of 46.46 to record an eighth-place finish on the men's side. Both individuals will have to wait till next week to see if they will receive an at-large selection.
Jonathan Jackson earned runner-up honors in the men's triple jump by soaring 54 feet, 3 1/4 inches. In the women's shot put, Candis Kelley tossed the shot 50 feet, 4 1/2 inches to finish in eighth-place.
Finally, the women's 4x400, which just missed a qualifying berth for nationals, placed fourth overall with a seasonal best time of 3:36.98.
Overall, TCU finished 12th as a team with 24 points on the women's side, while the men closed competition in ninth with 32 points.
TCU will continue action June 11-14 at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.