Young Makes History In Fayetteville
June 12, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Junior Jessica Young earned runner-up honors in the women's 100 meters on Friday night to lead the Flyin' Frogs on the third day of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Young, a junior from South Carolina, collected second-place honors with a time of 11.22 seconds. The four-time All-American was clipped at the line by Texas' Alexandria Anderson who clocked a winning-time of 11.20 seconds to win the event. Young looked to have captured TCU's first National Championship on the women's side halfway through the race, but Anderson leaned at the line to win the event.
"The 100 meters is probably the hardest and most competitive event in this meet and for Jessica Young to be able to walk away and say she is the second-fastest sprinter in the country, it is a phenomenal feet," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "She has matured so much over the last three months from where she was at during the indoor championships and that has been exceptional. She was confident and flawless tonight before the race, which is great. She had a stumble at the start, which affected her acceleration, but she followed the game-plan and had an exceptional and poised race."
Young's second-place finish in the 100 ties Flyin' Frog great Beverly McDonald, who earned runner-up honors in the event in 1993 in Louisiana, for the highest finish ever by a TCU sprinter in the women's 100 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. By collecting runner-up honors, Young posted the highest finish by a Flyin' Frog woman in head coach Darryl Anderson's five years in Fort Worth.
"I am so proud right now," said Young. "This feels great. I was really confident coming in and I wanted to win, but that just gives me something to work on for next year. Overall, I am excited about next season and really happy that I was able to come out here and do so well."
In the men's 4x100, the Flyin' Frogs collected All-America honors by clocking a time of 39.50 seconds. The quartet, which consisted of Mark Barnes, Otis McDaniel, Mychal Dungey and Justyn Warner, crossed the finish line in eighth-place at John McDonnell Field.
Overall, the All-America honor for the men's 4x100 marked the third time under Anderson that a TCU men's 4x100 unit has received All-America status. McDaniel closed out his career as a four-time All-American, while Warner and Dungey posted their third All-America honors of their career. Finally, Barnes collected his first All-America selection of his young career on Friday night.
Neidra Covington, a junior from Florida, opened the day soaring 43 feet, 3 3/4 inches in the women's triple jump to qualify for Saturday's final. The two-time All-American finished fifth in her flight and eighth overall to advance.
TCU will close out the 2009 NCAA Championships in Fayetteville tomorrow with the women's triple jump at noon.