Kigen And Tabor Lead Flyin' Frogs In College Station
Jan. 16, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Senior Festus Kigen and freshman Cameron Tabor both claimed first-place accolades on Saturday to lead the Flyin' Frog men to a fourth-place finish at the Texas A&M Invitational.
"We were a little rusty today, but we are going to be a completely different team five weeks from now," said head coach Darryl Anderson. "I thought the men really competed well today. On the women's side, I think we need to put fourth a better effort on the track. We're young, so we are going to get a lot better because we have enough talent to do so. At the end of the day, we will be in good shape in five weeks."
The men finished fourth overall with 59 points, while the Flyin' Frogs women captured sixth-place honors with 33 points.
In the men's 3,000 meters, Kigen cruised to an easy victory, clocking a seasonal-best time of 8:09.92. Kigen's time, which set a new meet record, is currently the top-time posted in the NCAA and the fourth-fastest time in program history. Baylor's Brandon Reed collected runner-up honors in the event with a time of 8:30.43 seconds.
"Festus had an outstanding day today in running solo because the competition was so far behind him," said Anderson. "He broke the meet record, which is good."
Tabor won the men's shot put for a second-straight meet with a toss of 55 feet, 1/4 inches on his final attempt inside Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Junior Marcus Cannon followed in fourth-place with a seasonal-best throw of 54 feet, 5 1/4 inches.
"Both Cameron and Marcus were phenomenal today. I thought both of them did some good things today and they are going to get a lot better," said Anderson.
Tabor, a freshman from Norman, Okla., also excelled in the men's weight throw with a personal-best toss of 53 feet, 11 1/4 inches to place fourth overall. His throw, which crushed his previous school record, currently sits in the top 10 in the Mountain West Conference.
The men's 4x400 quartet of Dell Guy, Clemore Henry, Mychal Dungey and Matthew Love clocked an NCAA provisional and seasonal-best time of 3:08.68 to finish second overall. The unit's time is currently the second-best time posted in the nation and top-mark in the conference.
"I thought the men's relay was great today coming off break," said Anderson. "They really did some good things and I thought competed extremely hard."
Freshman Larissa Matthews placed fifth overall in the women's 60-meter hurdles on Saturday. In the prelims, Matthews qualified for the finals with the seventh-fastest preliminary time.
Charles Silmon, a freshman from Waco, crossed the finish line in fourth-place to lead the Flyin' Frogs in the men's 60 meters with a time of 6.74 seconds. Silmon just missed an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. He was followed by Dungey and freshman Skye Dawson who finished eighth and ninth overall, respectively, on Saturday night. Finally, OJ Stoneham clocked a 10th-place finish in the finals of the event.
"I thought all four guys in the 60 meters really did some nice things today," said Anderson. "I was proud of them and their effort."
Other highlights on the day were Neidra Covington who finished third overall in the women's triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 10 ½ inches, while Sean Zurko led TCU in the men's 800-meter run, clocking a fourth-place showing with a time of 1:52.70. Covington's leap is currently the top-jump in the Mountain West this fall and No. 9 in the NCAA.
TCU will next be in action at the Arkansas Invitational on Jan. 22-23.
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