2009 Flyin' Frog Preview: Throws
Jan. 7, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas - With the TCU Track and Field Program set to open its 2009 campaign next week at Texas Tech, GoFrogs.com gives readers an exclusive in-depth look at an event area this winter ready to shine.
2009 Indoor Preview: Throws
Senior Candis Kelley returns in 2009 looking to capture her fourth-straight Mountain West Conference shot put title indoors. The College Station native comes back for her final season having recorded first-place finishes in the shot put in five different meets during last spring. Kelley is on pace to become one of the most prolific throwers in the history of the Mountain West Conference and could push for All-America honors in 2009 after increasing her strength during the preseason. She recently closed out preseason workouts by benching 300 pounds on the bench press.
"By the time she is done, she will go down in the conference record books as one of the most prolific throwers," said throws coach John Kenneson. "She has a chance to do some special things this indoor season and will continue to get better with a huge upside."
Stormy Harrison, a sophomore from Cisco, could also be a force to be reckoned with in 2009 after closing out an unbelievable freshman campaign in which she was the top-American freshman thrower in the nation. Harrison, who won the women's outdoor shot put title with the second longest throw in Mountain West Conference Championship history last spring, will look to continue to get better this winter as she comes back from off-season surgery. In 2008, Harrison won her first collegiate event with an NCAA provisional mark and seasonal-best toss of 50 feet, 3¼ inches.
"After converting her technique, she was outstanding last season. She can really make big improvements and should be a force as she continue to grow," said Kenneson.
On the men's side, junior Tommy Killen returns having placed third overall in the shot at the 2008 Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships with a toss of 53 feet, 1½ inches. The 2008 Midwest Regional participant, who finished second overall in the shot put at the Arkansas Invitational, returns following an amazing string during the outdoor season in which he won five of six competitions in the men's discus. Killen should push for all-conference honors in the shot this indoor season before turning his attention to the discus come spring.
"He has put in a good fall and wants to continue to get better," said Kenneson. "He has always scored for us in the men's shot and should be a factor once again this season. His goal is to place in the top-3 during the conference championships like he did last year for us and he is working hard towards that."
Overall, TCU should make plenty of noise this indoor season inside the ring. With Kelley and Harrison back on the women's side, the Flyin' Frogs have one of the best one-two-punch combinations in the nation, while Killen should once again be a force on the conference level.
"We have a really strong group of throwers. The women have dominated the shot in the conference and we would like to continue that this indoor season. Both of them have tremendous upside, while Tommy has been really steady for us. So all-in-all, we are in good shape going into this season," said Kenneson.
TCU opens the 2009 season next Saturday at the Texas Tech Invitational.