Flyin' Frogs Capture C-USA Indoor Title
Feb. 23, 2002
The men's track & field team notched TCU's second conference title of the weekend as they took top honors in the Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, completed at the Indiana University indoor track facility today. The TCU Lady Frogs basketball team notched the school's first conference title with a victory on Friday night over DePaul.
TCU senior middle distance runner Eliud Njubi was named the Male Athlete of the Year after recording a pair of Conference USA meet records, while TCU head coach Monte Stratton was honored as the conference Men's Coach of the Year.
The Flyin' Frogs got off to a good start in the running events today in the mile when Njubi captured first place honors in a meet record time of 4:07.17, while Justin Speer finished a surprising fourth. The previous meet record in the mile was held by Sheldon Monderoy of South Florida, who clocked a 4:10.93 in 1998. Football standout LaTarence Dunbar kept things going TCU's way with a first place finish in the 60-meter high hurdles with a time of 7.99. Terrance McBryde and Kendall Pyant then turned in third and fifth place finishes respectively in the quarter mile.
However, things took a turn for the worse for TCU in what is traditionally one of their strongest events, the 60-meter dash. Demario Wesley, who owns the sixth fastest time in the nation at that distance but has been hampered for several weeks with a sore hip flexor, pulled up in the finals of the event and finished a distant eighth. Michael Frater, who owns an NCAA provisional time of 6.72 this spring, could only muster a 6.84 and a fifth place finish.
The Frogs bounced back quickly however. After Jason Morgan took second in the 800 meters, Jermaine Joseph (21.52) and Steve Slowly (21.59) finished one-two in the 200. Njubi came back with a victory in the 3000 meters in a Conference USA meet record time of 8:19.73. The previous mark was set last year by Stefan Matschiner from Memphis in 8:25.46. The 4x400 meter relay team finished the day's activities with a second place finish in a time of 3:13.39, just five one-hundreths of a second behind East Carolina.
In the field events on Saturday, Brandal Lawrence took first place honors in the triple jump with a best leap of 15.44 meters (50-08.00). The Frogs swept the jumping events, as freshman Cleavon Dillon took the top spot in the long jump on Friday.
"We're very pleased to bring home the conference championship," said Stratton. "We had some bad things happen along the way, which happens in a meet like this, but we had some people step up and come through for us. Eliud Njubi won twice and we got first place performances from Jermaine Joseph, LaTarence Dunbar and Brandal Lawrence today after Dillon and Mwangi won on Friday. But just as importantly, Justin Speer took fourth in the mile, Herbert Mwangi came back to finish third in the 3K and Jason Morgan finished second in the 800."
After scoring just two points in the first day of the two-day competition, the TCU women's team rallied to finish fifth among the 13-team field. Monica Twum was the only TCU individual champion, as she took first place honors in the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.47. Twum also placed second in the 200 with a time of 24.57.
Here is a complete list of the TCU competitors from Saturday:
MEN TEAM SCORES: 1. TCU 133, 2. Charlotte 120.5, 3. Houston 84.5, 4. East Carolina 75, 5. DePaul 62, 6. Marquette 54, 7. Memphis 53, 8. Tulane 39.
60-Meter Hurdles Finals: 1. LaTarence Dunbar 7.99.
400-Meter Dash Finals: 3. Terrance McBryde 48.24, 5. Kendall Pyant 48.71.
800-Meter Run Finals: 2. Jason Morgan 1:53.99.
Pole Vault Finals: Cody Koontz NH.
WOMEN TEAM SCORES: 1. Houston 107, 2. South Florida 89.5, 3. Marquette 77.5, 4. East Carolina 66, 5. TCU 52, 6. Cincinnati 49.5, 7. Louisville 44.5, 8. Charlotte 34, 9. Southern Miss 30, 10. Tulane 28.5, 11. Memphis 18, 12. DePaul 16.5, 13. UAB 11.
800-Meter Run Finals: 3. Justina Malone 2:14.92.
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