Flyin' Frogs prepped for NCAA Championships
June 4, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The TCU track and field team will look for gold this week as a delegation of seven individuals and four relay teams will travel to the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 6-9 at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State.
In addition to having both the men's and women's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams qualify for the championships, the Flyin' Frogs will have four women and three men compete as individuals.
The women's team will be represented by Virgil Hodge (200 meters), Nathandra John (400 meters), Deborah Jones (400 meters) and Kishelle Paul (400-meter hurdles). The men's squad will be represented by Delwayne Delaney (100 meters), Jonathan Jackson (triple jump) and Justyn Warner (100 meters).
"We are excited," head coach Darryl Anderson said. "Anytime you get to this time of the year, it is exciting for the kids and the staff. It has been nine months since we started training and here we are at the pinnacle of the season. For the most part, I feel like we are as ready to run as we have been all year. Anytime you can get to the championship meet feeling that you are at your best, you walk in feeling pretty good about it. "
The women's team will enter the NCAA Championships having garnered its first national ranking of the season by Trackwire.com. The Frogs are ranked No. 23 in the poll released on May 31. Last season, TCU also entered the poll for the first time leading up to the NCAA Championships and were ranked No. 22.
With both the men's and women's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams qualifying for the championships, TCU is one of just six programs in the country with all four relay teams making the NCAA Championships. The only other schools with all four relay teams at the championships are Baylor, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and USC. TCU and LSU are the only schools in the country that have had all four relay teams in the last three NCAA Outdoor Championships (`05, `06, `07).
Anderson will send the same relay teams from the NCAA Midwest Regional and the Mountain West Conference Championships in three of the four events. The only change will be to the women's mile relay team, which will be comprised of Marquita Davis, Deborah Jones, Kishelle Paul and Nathandra John. Last season, the same quartet finished seventh and earned All-America honors at the championships.
The women's 4x100 team will be comprised of Kandis Bell, Jamee Jones, Deborah Jones and Hodge. The men's 4x100 team will feature Raymond Jones, Delaney, Warner and Dell Guy. The men's mile relay team will include Clint Renfro, Delaney, Jones and Guy.
The meet will be shown live on CSTV on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. CT. On Saturday, the meet will air live on CBS at 12 p.m. Live results from the meet will also be available on gofrogs.com.
In 2006, three of TCU's relay teams and Hodge earned All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Hodge finished seventh in the 200 meters, while the women's 4x400 relay team of Deborah Jones, Marquita Davis, Kishelle Paul and Nathandra John also finished seventh.
The men's 4x100 team of Bradley Reed, Otis McDaniel, Justyn Warner and Lewis Banda placed fourth, while the men's 4x400 team comprised of Lewis Banda, Che Chavez, Delwayne Delaney and Jackson Langat finished second.
This week's meet will mark the third straight season fourth time in the last five years that the championships have been held at the 21,000-seat Hornet Stadium. The stadium track is surfaced with Mondo Sportflex Super X. Since the track was installed in 1999, there has been one world record, six American records, 22 Olympic Trials records, eight U.S. Championships records and nine NCAA records.
The championships will commence at 12 p.m. CT on Wednesday with the 100 meters of the decathlon. TCU will open the meet at 5 p.m. CT with the semifinals of the men's 4x100 relay.
TCU's Schedule (All times central)