Njubi, Lawrence, Twum Notch Provisional Marks
Jan. 26, 2002
Eliud Njubi, Brandal Lawrence and Monica Twum recorded NCAA provisional marks in the final day of the two-day Red Raider Indoor Classic, held in Lubbock on Saturday. No team scores were kept in the competition at the Athletic Training Center on the Texas Tech campus.
Njubi set his mark in the 800 meters, winning the race in an Athletic Training Center record time of 1:49.01. The senior from Kenya finished eighth in the nation at 800 meters at the NCAA outdoor meet last spring with a time of 1:48.50. Lawrence, a junior from DeSoto High School in Dallas, recorded a triple jump mark of 15.69 meters to provisionally qualify for nationals. It was the best indoor mark of his career, surpassing his previous best indoor triple jump of 15.59 meters, which he set while winning the WAC indoor title a year ago. Twum posted a 55-meter dash time of 6.82 seconds to provisionally qualify for nationals in the short sprint. The junior from Ghana finished sixth nationally last spring in the indoor 60-meter dash.
"We ran much better than last week," noted TCU Head Track & Field Coach Monte Stratton. "This was a step in the right direction. We had some people really step it up this week. Besides those who set provisional NCAA marks, I thought Terrance McBryde ran very well in the open quarter."
The Frogs will compete again next weekend when they travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, site of the NCAA Indoor Championships, for the Tyson Pre-National Indoor Classic, Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2.
Here are the complete TCU results from Saturday. Note that the track at Texas Tech is an oversized track, so more stringent NCAA qualifying standards were used:
200-Meter Dash Finals: 1. Michael Frater 21.34, 2. Jermaine Joseph 21.36, 3. Steve Slowly 21.50, 4. Aundre Edwards 21.87.
400-Meter Dash Finals: 3. Terrance McBryde 47.83, 8. Kendall Pyant 49.76.
4x400-Meter Relay: 2. TCU 3:15.28.
Triple Jump: 2. Brandal Lawrence 15.69m (NCAA provisional mark).
55-Meter Hurdles Finals: 6. Esther Jackson 8.61.
4x400-Meter Relay: 5. TCU 3:49.95.