Flyin' Frogs Sign Three To National Letters of Intent
Feb. 3, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU track and field coach Darryl Anderson announced the signing of three newcomers to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
"We added three girls at the semester in Chaniqua Corinealdi, Teneshia Peart and Rose Tanui, so we had a great start to the recruiting season. We are adding two young ladies in Veronica Jones and Franchelle Hill that will definitely be great assets to our program. We feel like it is a great recruiting class for us on the women's side. With the men, we were able to add Heath Skelton. He should be able to develop into a conference and national level competitor for us in both the shot put and discus."
Inking with the Flyin' Frogs were two women and one man. Signing for the 2010-11 school year were Franchelle Hill of Houston, Texas (Hightower H.S.), Veronica Jones of Mesquite, Texas (Poteet H.S.) and Heath Skelton of Amarillo, Texas (Amarillo H.S.)
Hill comes to TCU following a standout career at Hightower High School. She has clocked a personal-best of 11.59 seconds in the 100 and 24.38 seconds in the 200 meters. The Houston native, who finished third in the 100 meters at the 2009 Texas State 5A Meet, also earned runner-up honors in the 100 meters at the Texas Relays last spring.
Jones is currently the No. 1 sprinter in the nation during the indoor season in the 200 meters, clocking a seasonal-best time of 24.40 seconds. Overall, she has recorded personal-best times of 11.51 seconds in the 100 and 23.75 seconds in the 200.
Skelton will head into his senior season at Amarillo High School following a junior campaign in which he was a Texas State 5A finalist in the discus. Skelton is currently No. 15 overall in the nation in the discus among senior throwers and has a personal-best toss of 175 feet, 5 inches. The Amarillo native, who also lettered in football, closed out 2009 as both the Texas 5A District and Regional Champion in the discus. He has only been competing in varsity track and field for one season.
"We feel Heath is a tremendous athlete who will contribute immediately to our program," said throws coach John Kenneson. "He has the ability to have a terrific senior season."
Corinealdi, who graduated early from Shoemaker High School in Killeen, is currently competing for the Flyin' Frogs after earning runner-up honors in the 200 meters at the Texas State 5A meet as a junior. She has posted personal-best times of 7.63 seconds in the 60, 11.84 seconds in the 100 and 23.84 seconds in the 200 meters.
Peart captured the Junior College National Championship in the women's 60 and 200 meters at Florissant Valley Community College in Florissant, Mo. The Canadian product has posted personal-best times of 7.41 seconds in the 60, 11.61 seconds in the 100 and 23.87 in the 200 meters.
Tanui recently came to TCU from Central Arizona College where she claimed the Junior College National Championship in cross country in 2008 before earning runner-up honors this past fall to lead the Vaqueras to the NJCAA Cross Country National Championship. Tanui, who hails from Burt Forest, Kenya, also claimed national championship accolades in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at Central Arizona in 2009. She has posted personal-best times of 16:54.04 in the 5,000 and 34:34.61 in the 10,000.
"All-in-all, we feel like we had a really good recruiting cycle this season," said Anderson.
TCU will next be in action at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 12-13 in Fayetteville, Ark.
2010 TCU Track and Field Newcomers