Flyin' Frogs Run Wild In Arkansas
Feb. 14, 2004
The TCU track & field team turned in one of its most impressive performances in recent memory at the Tyson Foods - Razorback Invitational, held this weekend at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. The Frogs turned in three NCAA automatic qualifying times, four NCAA provisional marks and four school records over the two-day event.
"I haven't seen this strong of a performance from the Frogs since 2001," said head coach Monte Stratton, remembering TCU's indoor and outdoor national runnerup squad. "We were very strong across the board. We turned in a lot of personal bests and were up the challenge that this meet gave us. It really gives us a strong push going into the conference meet in two weeks."
Senior Jerry Harris and junior Jackson Langat set the tone for the Flyin' Frogs this weekend. Harris, running in the Invitational 400-meter dash, logged the fastest time in the nation this season with an NCAA automatic qualifying and school record time of 45.52. The previous school record was 46.26, set by Johnny L. Collins II on March 5, 2000. Harris's previous indoor personal best was 46.34, set last year. Langat, competing in the "seeded" section of the 800 meters, also posted the fastest time in the nation with an NCAA automatic qualifying and school record time of 1:46.09, nearly a full two seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. Langat shattered the school record which he previously held at 1:48.36, set last March on the same track.
The TCU women turned in a pair of school records during the two-day event. The 4x400 meter relay team of Larissa Bakasa, Donita Harmon, Deborah Jones and Marquita Davis lowered the school record they set earlier this season by turning in a bronze medal performance and NCAA provisional time, covering the distance in 3:39.56. Junior distance runner Mary Kinyanjui also destroyed the school record in the 3,000 meter run with a third place time of 9:39.09, 14 seconds better than the previous TCU record of 9:53.90, set by Glady's Keitany in 2001.
Other NCAA provisional marks were turned in by Chris Peoples in the high jump, Donita Harmon in the 200 and MaKeatha Cooper in the 60-meter hurdles. Peoples, competing for the first time this spring, posted a third place finish with a jump of 2.17 meters (7-01.50). Peoples is the school record holder in the outdoor season at 7-03.25. Harmon qualified provisionally for the NCAA meet in the 200 with a time of 23.83. Cooper matched her season best mark of 8.38 seconds in the short hurdle event, placing fifth in the competition.
The Frogs' next competition will be at the Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, February 27-28 on the University of Houston campus.
TCU MEN'S RESULTS:
60-meter dash Finals: 7. Chaime Breaux 6.84
60-meter Hurdles Prelims: Nathaniel Garcia 8.06
800-meter run: 1. Jackson Langat 1:46.09 (NCAA automatic mark and school record)
Mile Run: 14. David Harris 4:23.72
High Jump: 3. Chris Peoples 2.17m (7-01.50) (NCAA provisional mark)
Triple Jump: 5. Jonathan Jackson 15.10m (49-06.50)
Pole Vault: -. Rob Coffman NH
TCU WOMEN'S RESULTS:
60-meter Hurdles Prelims: MaKeatha Cooper 8.47q
60-meter Hurdles Finals: 5. MaKeatha Cooper 8.38 (NCAA provisional mark)
800-meter run: 16. Justina Malone 2:14.40
5000-meter run: 10. Alayne Thompson 17:23.81
Shot Put: -. Zelma Wade ND