Frogs Log Three Provisionals in Houston
The TCU track & field team logged three NCAA provisional marks, highlighting the Flyin' Frogs fortunes at the Houston Indoor Classic, held Saturday at the Yeoman Field House inside the Athletics/Alumni Center on the University of Houston campus.
Three-time All-American Jackson Langat posted his best time of the season in winning the 800 meter dash in an NCAA provisional time of 1:48.93, just three one-hundredths of a second off an automatic qualifying mark. The time was also just .57 seconds off his school record mark of 1:48.36, set on the banked track at the University of Arkansas last March. His previous best time this season was 1:50.11.
Freshman MaKeatha Cooper continued to impress in the 60-meter hurdles on the women's side. Cooper, who prepped at Grandview (Mo.) High, a suburb of Kansas City, provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships with a season-best time of 8.38 seconds. The provisional standard is 8.43 seconds. Her previous best time this season was 8.48 seconds.
The men's 4x400 meter relay team of Brett Wilson, Dwayne Lynes-Bell, Che Chavez and Jerry Harris also posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:11.06 in taking the gold medal. They bettered the foursome's previous best mark of 3:12.25, set at Oklahoma on January 17.
Other winning times were posted by Wilson in the 400 (48.12) and by Mary Kinyanjui in the mile run (4:58.70).
In the team scoring, the TCU men finished second with 54 points, behind only Houston (69.50), while the TCU women placed third with 44.50 points, behind both Texas (113) and Rice (48.50).
"We had a good meet," said TCU Head Coach Monte Stratton. "We had lots of personal and season best marks. We were solid across the board today on both the men's and women's sides. Everyone ran well. It bodes well for next weekend in Arkansas when we get on the banked track against some of the best track & field athletes in the nation."
The Frogs will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, site of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, to take part in the Razorback Invitational.
TCU MEN'S RESULTS:
Pole Vault: T10. Rob Coffman 4.60m (15-01.00)
Triple Jump: 2. Jonathan Jackson 14.89m (48-10.25)
TCU WOMEN'S RESULTS:
3000-meter run: 5. Alayne Thompson 10:06.97
60-meter Hurdles prelims: MaKeatha Cooper 8.72q
60-meter Hurdles finals: 4. MaKeatha Cooper 8.38 (NCAA provisional mark)
Weight Throw: 15. Zelma Wade 11.86m (38-11.00)