Kangogo Leads TCU At Conference USA Meet
Feb. 25, 2005
Houston, Texas - Kip Kangogo won the 5,000 meter run and anchored TCU's winning distance medley relay, highlighting TCU's efforts on the first day of the Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Bill Yeoman Field House on the University of Houston campus on Friday.
Kangogo, a junior from Kabarnet, Kenya, settled into the second position through the first quarter of the 5,000-meter race before taking the lead for good with about 17 laps remaining. He gradually pulled away from the field, covering the distance in a time of 14:40.76, more than 17 seconds faster than his nearest competitor, Anthony Becknek of DePaul (14:58.41). TCU's other finishers were Matt Manly (13th-15:36.98), Alex Morris (14th-15:42.22) and Cody Cook (16th-16:08.13).
Kangogo came back in the final event of the day to anchor TCU's winning distance medley relay unit. The quartet of Johnathan Bundren, Quincy Butler, Jackson Langat and Kangogo turned in a time of 9:58.26 to easily out run Houston, which posted a time of 10:01.56. Kangogo has a chance to add two more gold medals on Saturday, as he is entered in both the mile and 3,000 meter events.
The Frogs were unable to make it a sweep of the distance medley relay when the women finished third behind Charlotte and Marquette. The quartet of Halie Bullin, Nathandra John, Cassie Hostick and Calandra Stewart posted a time of 11:51.18 behind the 11:43.96 turned in by the 49ers and the 11:49.68 posted by the Golden Eagles.
In the men's long jump finals, sophomore Jonathan Jackson earned the silver medal with a best jump of 7.24 meters (23-09.00), finishing behind Houston's Brandon Bray, who jumped an NCAA provisional mark of 7.50 meters. It marked the first time since 1999 that a Horned Frog did not capture the long jump crown at the conference indoor meet. Darvis Patton won the WAC title in 2000 and 2001, Cleavon Dillon won the C-USA crown in 2002 and Aundre Edwards was the C-USA champion in each of the past two seasons. In a disappointing and unusual twist, Dillon, the conference leader entering the meet, did not check in with meet officials at the appropriate time and was not allowed to compete in the event. Mark Lettieri placed 15th with a mark of 5.79 meters (19-00.00).
In other finals competed on Friday, Halie Bullin was the top TCU finisher in the women's 5K, covering the 25 lap race in 17:59.70 to place 12th overall. Katrina Zielinski finished 19th with a time of 18:37.32. McKale Davis did not finish the race. In the women's heptathlon, Julie Curtis placed 11th with 2,824 points while Gina Messamer finished 14th with 2,719 points. It was the first time either Curtis or Messamer had competed in the multievent at the collegiate level. In the men's weight throw, Cody Moore placed 13th with a best mark of 13.94 meters (45-09.00) and Joey Kramer finished 17th with a mark of 11.71 meters (38-05.00).
"It was a bittersweet day," said first year head coach Darryl Anderson. "The positives were Kip Kangogo - again. He ran great to win the 5,000, then came back and helped win the DMR. Our football player, Quincy Butler, ran a great 400 meter leg on that relay. Jonathan Jackson came up big in the long jump. The bitter was Dillon in the long jump," continued Anderson. "We will have to try to pick up those points somewhere else."
Houston leads the team scoring on both the men's and women's sides after the first day of competition. The Cougar men have tallied 45 points after five events, while the Houston women's squad has scored 36 points after six events were completed. The TCU men are in second place in the eight-team men's field with 28 points, while the Horned Frog women are last in the 13-team field with six points.
"The men still have a good chance to finish in the top three," noted Anderson. "The women will have to scramble for points, which we knew coming into the meet."
MaKeatha Cooper became the first TCU athlete to record an NCAA provisional qualifying mark this spring, winning her heat of the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.43 seconds. Cooper won the event a year ago with a school record time of 8.30 seconds. She will go into Saturday's finals with the second best time overall, one one-hundredth of a second behind Houston's Alicia Cave. Julie Curtis placed 18th with a time of 9.22 seconds.
Bradley Reed and Cleavon Dillon advanced to the finals in the men's 60 meter dash. Reed won his heat and placed second overall with a time of 6.79 seconds. Dillon turned in the fourth fastest time in the prelims, breaking the finish line in 6.82 seconds. Delwayne Delaney just missed reaching the finals, placing ninth overall with a time of 6.94 seconds. Otis McDaniel finished 12th in 7.01 seconds. On the women's side, Jamee Jones turned in a time of 7.65 seconds while Kandis Bell clocked a 7.68 to finish 12th and 14th respectively, failing to advance to Saturday's finals.
In the 200 meter dash, Bradley Reed (22.00) and Otis McDaniel (22.23) advanced to Saturday's finals on the men's side. McDaniel finished just ahead of teammate Delwayne Delaney (22.27) for the ninth and final spot. Jay Cooper was 15th in 22.80. Deborah Jones was TCU's lone qualifier on the women's side, tying for the seventh best mark of 24.90. Jamee Jones missed qualifying for Saturday's final by one one-thousandth of a second, finishing 10th in 24.996 behind Houston's LaDedra Guy's time of 24.995. Kandis Bell was 12th in 25.08.
TCU sent four runners, two men and two women, into the finals of the 400 meter dash. In Friday's prelims Che Chavez (48.57), Brett Wilson (48.58), Marquita Davis (56.12) and Deborah Jones (56.83) all easily won their heats. Chavez and Wilson had the second and third fastest prelim times overall, trailing only LaShawn Merritt of East Carolina, who owns the fastest indoor 400 meter time in the world this season. Jordan Durham (58.70) was the only TCU quartermiler who did not advance to the finals, finishing 17th overall.
Jackson Langat easily won his heat and advanced to Saturday's final in the 800 meter run with the meet's fastest time of 1:54.76. Langat, who was named to the Conference USA All-Decade team earlier this week, won the event two years ago with a time of 1:53.75. He did not compete in the finals last year due to a groin injury. In the women's 800 meter prelims, Cassie Hostick (2:16.19) and Calandra Stewart (2:16.25) finished seventh and eighth respectively to advance to Saturday's finals. Justina Malone (2:20.79) and Elese Dawson (2:30.88) placed 14th and 17th respectively.
The meet concludes on Saturday with the field events getting underway at 11:00 a.m. The first running event is the women's mile run, with the gun scheduled to go off at 1:00 p.m.
MEN (Througth 5 Events): 1. Houston 45; 2. TCU 28; 3. Marquette 27; T4. East Carolina 26; T4. Charlotte 26; 6. Memphis 20; T7. Southern Miss 11; T7. DePaul 11.
WOMEN (Through 6 Events): 1. Houston 36; 2. USF 30; 3. Cincinnati 24; 4. UAB 22; T5. Charlotte 18; T5. Louisville 18; 7. Marquette 16; 8. Tulane 15; T9. Southern Miss 14; T9. East Carolina 14; 11. Memphis 11; 12. DePaul 10; 13. TCU 6.
Curtis: 60 Hurdles: 9.26 (856); High Jump: 1.24m (4-00.75) (350); Shot Put: 8.95m (29-04.50) (461); Long Jump: 4.51m (14-09.75) (431); 800 meters: 2:27.41 (726).
Messamer: 60 Hurdles: 10.55 (613); High Jump: 1.42m (4-07.75) (534); Shot Put: 8.00m (26-03.00) (399); Long Jump: 4.54m (14-10.75) (438); 800 meters: 2:26.71 (735).