Edwards Takes Fourth In Long Jump At NCAA Championships
June 10, 2004
Austin, Texas - Aundre Edwards earned his third career All-America certificate with a fourth place finish in the long jump competition, highlighting TCU's efforts on the second day of the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus.
Edwards, a senior from Kingston, Jamaica, soared a season-best 7.96 meters (26-01.50) on his third jump of the day to garner the fourth place finish and earn the Frogs five team points. He missed finishing third by just one centimeter or a quarter of an inch, as Indiana's Aarik Wilson went 7.97 meters (26-01.75) on his fourth of six jumps in the competition. LSU's John Moffitt won the event with a leap of 8.40 meters (27-06.75) on the final jump of the competition after South Carolina's Tony Allmond had taken the lead with a mark of 8.35 meters (27-04.75) on the meet's second to last jump. For Edwards, it matched his fourth place finish from the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships when he went 7.90 meters, and was one spot behind his third place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March when he jumped a school indoor record 7.97 meters. TCU freshman Jonathan Jackson placed 11th in the competition with a best jump of 7.64 meters (25-00.75).
The 4x100 meter relay team set the tone for the men early on when they easily won the first of the three-heat preliminaries with a season-best time of 39.03 seconds, defeating defending champion LSU (39.10) and Texas (39.42) among others. The quartet of Jabari Fields, Cleavon Dillon, Jerry Harris and Michael Frater logged the fourth fastest overall time on Thursday, trailing Florida State (38.92), Arkansas (38.96) and Middle Tennessee State (39.03). The Frogs will go for their eighth NCAA 4x100 meter title on Friday night. TCU last captured the gold in 2001 when the foursome of Lindel Frater, David Spencer, Darvis Patton and Kim Collins clocked a 38.58 to win in Eugene, Oregon.
"We ran real smooth today," said Harris. "We drew a good lane and ran real smooth. We wanted to set the tone in the first heat. It went real good for us. We weren't as focused in the regionals as we were today," continued Harris when asked about the Frogs' disappointing second place finish two weeks ago. "We were ready to go last night (before the rains called off the action). We were ready to run fast no matter what the weather was. We were blessed with good weather today and ran well."
"We're trying to carry on the tradition," added Fields. "TCU is known as a fast school and a relay school. We just want to carry on that tradition."
Frater survived and advanced in the 100 meter dash prelims, grabbing the ninth and final slot in Friday's finals with a time of 10.20 seconds. The senior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. turned in his best time of the season two weeks ago at the regional meet, breaking the tape in 10.09 seconds. He is trying to improve on his third place finish from last year's NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Cleavon Dillon struggled out of the blocks but made a late surge to finish fifth in his heat and 11th overall with a season-best time of 10.23 seconds. On the women's side, freshman Virgil Hodge finished fifth in her heat and placed 19th overall with a time of 11.55 seconds.
"I just didn't feel good today," said Frater after the 100. "That's the way it goes. I've got to prove something tomorrow."
In the 200 meter dash, Fields held the lead for about the first 180 meters before falling to second in the third of four preliminary heats behind Wallace Spearmon of Arkansas. Fields still turned in a personal best time of 20.28 to log the fourth fastest time overall, earning a spot in Saturday's finals. On the women's side, sophomore Donita Harmon finished second in her heat but 12th overall with a time of 23.38, failing to qualify for the finals.
"I'm ready," said Fields. "I tightened up a little in the last 10 meters when I saw (Spearmon) making a move. I'll be ready on Saturday."
MaKeatha Cooper ran a time of 13.59 seconds to place sixth in her heat of the 100-meter hurdles. The freshman from Grandview, Missouri placed 25th overall. JimAnne Baker tied for 17th in the women's long jump competition with a best jump of 6.09 meters (19-11.75).
The meet continues on Friday evening with the women's 4x100 meter finals getting things started at 7:00 p.m.
TCU RESULTS (Thursday):
Long Jump: T17. JimAnne Baker 6.09m (19-11.75)
200 meter Dash: 4. Jabari Fields 20.28 (Advanced to Finals)
100 meter Dash: 19. Virgil Hodge 11.55
200 meter Dash: 12. Donita Harmon 23.38
100 meter Hurdles: 25. MaKeatha Cooper 13.59