Flyin' Frogs Set For Conference USA Championships
May 11, 2004
The TCU Flyin' Frogs return to action this weekend as they travel to Louisville, Kentucky to take part in the Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, May 13-15.
The TCU men are looking to bounce back after finishing second at the conference indoor meet behind Houston. The Flyin' Frogs have won three consecutive conference outdoor titles, (the first three in school history), winning the WAC crown in 2001, then taking the top spot in Conference USA in both 2002 and 2003.
The TCU women look to sweep the conference track & field titles after winning their first ever indoor crown in Houston in late February. The TCU women have never won a conference championship in outdoor track. Their best finishes have been a third place tie in the WAC in 2001 and a third place finish in C-USA in 2003.
The Frogs welcome several fresh bodies who may compete at the conference meet. Michael DePriest and Quincy Butler are on the list of entries for the triple jump. Both are on football scholarship at TCU - DePriest as a wide receiver and Butler as a cornerback. DePriest finished fourth in the Texas state championships in the triple jump as a high school senior, while Butler could also run a leg on the 4x4. In addition, 2003 junior college national 100 and 200 meter champion Erick Wilson is on the entry list for the 100. Wilson has not competed since tearing his ACL late in the fall of 2003 while competing on the football practice field. Ami Butler is on the list for the women's 5,000 meters. Butler has not competed since the 2003 NCAA National Cross Country meet. She placed second at the C-USA Cross Country meet and third at the South Central Regional meet last fall.
The TCU Flyin' Frogs men's track & field team remained in ninth place in the latest Trackwire Top 25 poll, released May 11. The Frogs are expected to tally 27 points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will be held in Austin, Texas, June 9-12. The poll has the following Frogs ranked in the Dandy Dozen in their respective events: Michael Frater -2nd in the 100; Jabari Fields - 10th in the 200; Jerry Harris - 5th in the 400; Men's 4x100 meter relay - 2nd; Men's 4x400 meter relay - 5th; Aundre Edwards - 6th in the long jump; Mary Kinyanjui - 9th in the 5,000; Women's 4x100 meter relay - 11th
Here are the TCU entries for the Conference USA meet:
800 meter run: Raita Yamanouchi
1500 meter run: David Harris
400 meter hurdles: Nathaniel Garcia
Triple Jump: Quincy Butler, Michael DePriest, Jonathan Jackson
Pole Vault: Rob Coffman
100 meter hurdles: MaKeatha Cooper
3000 meter Steeplechase: Heather Isbell
Long Jump: JimAnne Baker
Triple Jump: JimAnne Baker
Javelin: Kandra Lakey