Banda, McDaniel set new meet records at MWC outdoor track championships Friday
May 12, 2006
PROVO, Utah - TCU track and field got a pair of record-setting performances from two Frogs to highlight day three of the 2006 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Clarence F. Robison Track on the campus of Brigham Young University. Sprinters Lewis Banda and Otis McDaniel both won their heats en route to setting new MWC outdoor track meet records as Banda ran a season-best 46.07 in the preliminaries of the men's 400 meter, while McDaniel posted a 20.67 in the 200 meters. Banda's mark in the 400m is also a new all-time MWC record in the event.
It was a spectacular day for the Flyin' Frogs as they dominated almost every running event. The men's team won the prelims in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m, while the women took first place in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles.
"We had a good day, including a couple of positive surprises," TCU head track and field coach Darryl Anderson said. "We qualified extremely well in areas where we needed to for tomorrow."
The 19th-ranked Flyin' Frog men were stellar in the short distances as Otis McDaniel, Bradley Reed, Justyn Warner, Delwayne Delaney, Raymond Jones and Jay Cooper advanced to the men's 100 meter finals. Five of the six Frogs in the 100m also qualified for the finals in the 200 meters along with 400-meter qualifiers Lewis Banda, who broke a pair of MWC records in the event, and Che Chavez.
In the men's field events, Tommy Killen will get a shot at a medal as he placed fourth overall in the discus prelims with a 172-09 (52.66m) toss, while Jonathan Jackson took sixth place in his first appearance in the men's long jump this season with a leap of 22-100 (6.98m).
The TCU women found similar success on the track as the men, winning their heats in five of the seven events holding preliminaries Friday. Virgil Hodge and Jamee Jones both took the top two spots, respectively, in the 100 and 200 meters with TCU making a sweep in the 200m as Deborah Jones' time of 23.76 was good for third overall.
Frog hurdlers Julie Curtis, Kishelle Paul and Mary Minor advanced to the 100-meter hurdles with Curtis and Minor also qualifying for the 400-meter hurdles. Paul won her heats in both events with a 13.96 in the 100m hurdles, and turned in a personal-best and NCAA regional qualifying mark of 59.94 in the 400m hurdles.
Curtis finished the 100m hurdles in 14.28, while in the 400m hurdles she ran her second-best mark of the season with a 59.42.
Others advancing to Saturday's finals for TCU include Calandra Stewart and Ashley Young in the 800 meters and junior Zelma Wade in the women's discus throw. Stewart covered the oval in 2:12.95, while Young snatched the last qualifying spot with a personal-best time of 2:16.88.
Wade tossed 147-09 (45.04m) in the discus, good for seventh overall.
Saturday will be a crucial day for the Frogs as they look to climb the team standings in the final day of the league meet. TCU will have solid representation in the finals as 22 Frogs from Friday made the cut with 10 from the men's team and the women had 12.
"I try not to put too much of anything into preliminaries," coach Anderson added. "It (prelims) only gives us a chance to continue competing. Our performance today in both the men and women divisions set us up to have a good meet tomorrow. We will need to take care of business then."
After three days of competition, BYU leads in the men's team standings with 101 points while Colorado State has 87. On the women's side, CSU paces the field with 92.5 points compared to second-place BYU with 71.
Saturday's schedule has field events beginning at 10 a.m., with finals for running events starting at 11:30 a.m.
Championship results can be found at http://themwc.cstv.com/champ/otrack-champ-2006.html.
TCU MEN'S RESULTS:
Long Jump - Finals
High Jump - Finals