TCU Track & Field inks four to National Letters of Intent
Nov. 13, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU head track and field coach Darryl Anderson announced the signings of four newcomers for the 2008 season on Monday. All four signees hail from the state of Texas.
Signing National Letters of Intent with the Flyin' Frogs were Mychal Dungey of Austin, Texas (Austin High School), Stormy Harrison of Cisco, Texas (Cisco High School), La'Quinta Ross of Greenville, Texas (Greenville High School) and Jordan Pitts of Greenville, Texas (Greenville High School).
Dungey, a sprinter from Austin, won the 2006 5A Texas State Championship in the 200 meters with a time of 20.95. Dungey's time of 20.95 was the fastest time in the state and he won Austin High School's first gold medal at state since 1995. Dungey was also the Junior Olympic Champion in the 200 meters and is the second-fastest senior in the country in the 200 meters. In 2006 Dungey, did not lose a race in the 200.
"Mychal (Dungey) is a huge pickup for our program," Anderson said. "He has exceptional sprint talent and we are excited to have him. We think he will help continue the strong tradition in sprinting TCU has. He is just a perfect fit for what we do here"
Harrison, a thrower from Cisco, is a three-time Texas 2A State Champion in the shot put. In 2006, Harrison was the bronze medalist in the discus at the state championships. Harrison is ranked in the top 20 nationally in both the shot and discus in the class of 2007 by Dyestat Elite High School Track. Harrison is also a member of the National Honor Society and has lettered in basketball and softball.
"With Stormy (Harrison) we get another state champion and another Texas athlete," Anderson said. "Through coach (John) Kenneson's scouting and recruiting, we feel like she can be a big-time thrower for us. The good thing for us is that she is a combination thrower because she can throw the shot and the disc."
Ross, a sprinter and jumper from Greenville, is high school teammates with fellow Horned Frog signee Jordan Pitts. Ross was injured most of last season after finishing third in the state triple jump in 2005 and winning the 2005 district title in the triple jump, long jump, 200 and 400 meters. She has won 10 district titles in her career. In her sophomore season, Ross jumped 19'9" in the long jump, 39' in the triple jump and ran 24.1 in the 200 meters.
"(La'Quinta) Ross is a very talented young lady," Anderson said. "La'Quinta was injured last year so she didn't get to have as many good performances. Her sophomore year, she was an outstanding long jumper, triple jumper and sprinter. We feel like we got a sleeper with her. With her addition, we just got stronger in the jumps on the women's side with her coming into the equation with Neidra Covington. The thing that makes La'Quinta stand out for us is that she can also sprint."
Pitts, a hurdler and sprinter from Greenville, was the state runner-up in the 110-meter high hurdles at the 2006 Texas 4A State Championships with a time of 14.15. Pitts' time was just one-tenth of a second behind the state champion. Pitts was also a member of the 4x200 meter team that finished fourth at state. Pitts also won three events at district, including the 110 and 300 hurdles and the triple jump.
"Jordan (Pitts) will fill a void in hurdles that we didn't have last year", Anderson said. "He is an exceptional athlete and we believe he will develop nicely in our program. He should take to the 110-meter high hurdles and he can also run the 400-meter hurdles and he is fast enough to help us in sprinting."
TCU Track and Field Signees