May 6, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kishelle Paul and Chris Ellington were named the TCU Athletes of the Month, while Katariina Tuohimaa and Tommy Killen collected TCU Scholar-Athletes of the Month for the month of April this week.
Paul had a banner month collecting runner-up honors in the 400-meter hurdles at the 115th running of the Penn Relays with a seasonal-best and regional qualifying time of 58.86 seconds, which is currently first in the Mountain West Conference and Midwest Region. The Marietta, Ga., native posted the 24th-best time in the NCAA, finishing ahead of six of the nation's top-30 hurdlers in Philadelphia. She closed out the weekend leading the Flyin' Frogs to a second-place finish in the 4x400 relay Championship of America final. With Paul leading off, the TCU quartet clocked a regional-qualifying time of 3:33.63 for the program's highest finish ever posted in the Women's Champion of America final. For the month of April, Paul earned Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week honors, while posting or helping record seasonal-best marks in the 400-meter hurdles, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay.
Ellington batted .371 in 17 games this past month to lead the Horned Frogs to a 13-4 record. The senior from Weatherford had a big month offensively, knocking in 20 runs on 26 hits, while also recording seven doubles.
Tuohimaa enjoyed an 8-0 singles record during the month of April, while also teaming up for a 6-3 doubles clip. The Helsinki, Finland product gave the deciding swing in four of the Frogs' nine wins during the month, highlighted by securing the MWC Championship title with the clinching singles point over No. 42 UNLV. The two-time All-MWC singles and doubles selection currently paces the Purple and White with a 16-8 singles record, while teaming up with freshman Kayla Duncan to tie seniors Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska for the top doubles ledger of the spring at 12-8 overall.
Killen, a junior from New Iberia, La., recently claimed the men's discus title at the Texas Invitational with a seasonal-best and NCAA regional qualifying mark of 180 feet, 11 inches in Austin. Killen, who currently has the top-throw in the Mountain West Conference, won the men's discus title at the Texas Invitational, TCU Invitational and Texas Tech Invitational to close the last month of the regular-season.