Frogs in Good Shape After Day One of C-USA Meet
Feb. 28, 2003
Aundre Edwards set a meet record in the long jump, highlighting TCU's first-day performance at the Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Yeoman Fieldhouse on the University of Houston campus on Friday.
Edwards, a junior from Kingston, Jamaica, posted a mark of 7.78 meters (25-06.25) to take the gold medal. He eclipsed the meet record of 7.77 meters, set by teammate Cleavon Dillon last year in Indianapolis. Dillon finished fifth in this year's meet with a best jump of 7.32 meters (24-00.25).
"I really didn't feel that good," said Edwards, who owns the school record and an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 7.87 meters this season. "My hamstring was bothering me after running the 60, but I'll take it. It was a meet record."
Other point scorers for TCU on Friday included Brandal Lawrence with a sixth place tie in the high jump, Mary Kinyanjui with a sixth place finish in the 5000 meters, and both distance medley relay teams. The TCU women's DMR placed third while the men's quartet captured seventh place.
In Friday's men's prelims, TCU advanced Michael Frater and Jabari Fields in the 60, Jerry Harris, Frater, Fields and Jermaine Joseph in the 200; Brandon Simpson, Harris and Kendall Pyant in the 400, Jackson Langat and Jason Morgan in the 800 and Reggie Harrell in the 60 meter high hurdles.
In Friday's women's prelims, TCU advanced Monica Twum, La' Toya White, Tiffany Starts and Kandis Bell in the 60, Twum and White in the 200; Donita Harmon and Larissa Bakasa in the 400 and Julie Curtis in the 60 meter hurdles.
"Overall it was a better than good day," said TCU head coach Monte Stratton. "On the men's side, we put ourselves in a position to pretty much max out the points that we expected to get. I just don't know if it will be enough to win the meet. The 200 really topped it off with all four runners advancing to Saturday's finals. We had some pleasant surprises with Brandal Lawrence scoring in the high jump and Reggie Harrell turning in the best time in the hurdle prelims. Our Achilles' heel is depth, and you can't just create that.
"The women had an outstanding day," continued Stratton. "It was a tremendous improvement over where we were last year after the first day and is a good sign for the future. I think when you add the incoming class that we've already signed with the group that we'll have coming back, we will make quite a splash at next year's meet."
The meet concludes on Saturday afternoon. The TCU men will be looking for their fourth straight conference indoor title, while the TCU women are looking for a top three finish for the first time in school history.
TCU's RESULTS (Friday):
High Jump: T6. Brandal Lawrence 1.81m (5-11.25).
60m High Hurdles: 1. Reggie Harrell 7.98q.
800m Dash: 12. Justina Malone 2:18.52.
60m Hurdles: 5. Julie Curtis 8.77q.
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